Flying to St. Johns

The airport in St. Johns is the first stop for most people visiting Antigua

Although not located directly within city limits of St. Johns, the V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) is considered a feature of the capital. No matter where you are staying on Antigua or Barbuda, you'll make your first stop at this moderately sized facility.

V.C. Bird International Airport

As tourism to the island continues to grow, so does the airport. V.C. Bird International Airport has recently undergone an expansion project that it hopes will handle all growth for the next three decades. Now, the airport serves passengers with such facilities and amenities as car rental agencies, currency exchange and automatic teller machines, a post office, a cafe, several duty free shops, and a book store. There is also WiFi available to those willing to pay for it. The airport is equipped to handle passengers with disabilities; a lift, ramps, and wheelchairs are all available.

V.C Bird International serves as a hub for all travelers visiting Antigua, Barbuda, and Monsterrat, as well as a few other smaller islands nearby, and is the home base for LIAT, a popular airline in the Caribbean. Over 850 thousand passengers are served by this airport annually, and 10 major airlines offer direct flights, landing on the 9,974 foot long concrete runway. When direct flights are unavailable, a connecting flight from the airports in Puerto Rico and St. Maarten are easily managed.


Know that this airport is not known for its friendly customs officials, and if you arrive during peak hours, your wait to get through immigration can take upwards of two hours. You can help move things along by arriving prepared with all documentation, and ensuring you aren't carrying any contraband items.

In order for visitors from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom will need a valid passport, an original Naturalization Certificate, a return or onward ticket, confirmation of their accommodations, and proof that they have the funds to sustain them during their visit. All others will need a visa as well. In addition, you'll need to present officials with a completed Immigration form, which will be given to you on the airplane to be filled out before you land.

If you're traveling from the U.S. the list below can be useful. Booking services don't always list the best options so it helps to realize which airlines fly directly to this location.

V.C. Bird International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines, United Airlines

The following table displays airline companies that are flying directly out of Canada.

V.C. Bird International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Calgary, Canada YYC Air Canada
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada

If you'll be traveling from across the Atlantic the following chart is the one you need.

V.C. Bird International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW British Airways, Virgin Airlines

Flying to St. Johns from the Caribbean

Check the following table for scheduled air service from regional airports. Even if there are no flights directly from your preferred airport, taking a connecting flight from another airport in the Caribbean might be a fine option.

V.C. Bird International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Barbados BGI LIAT, Thomas Cook Airlines
Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda BBQ Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air
Basseterre, St. Kitts SKB British Airways, LIAT, Phoenix Airways
Castries, Saint Lucia SLU Caribbean Airlines, LIAT
Dominica DOM LIAT
Dominican Republic SDQ LIAT
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy SBH St. Barth Commuter
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico SJU LIAT
Kingston, Jamaica KTP Caribbean Airlines
Montserrat MNI Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air, Fly Montserrat
Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis NEV LIAT
Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre PTP LIAT
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands PLS British Airways
Punta Cana, Hispaniola PUJ British Airways
Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten SXM Air St. Maarten, LIAT
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands STX LIAT
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands STT LIAT
St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines SVD LIAT
The Valley, Anguilla AXA Air St. Maarten, LIAT
Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago TAB British Airways
Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago POS LIAT
the BVI, British Virgin Islands EIS LIAT, Winair

Transportation from the Airport

Because the airport is located in St. Johns, it won't take long to get to your local accommodations. You can hire a taxi or rent a car, but the bus is not recommended since the stop is located so far from the terminal.

Although getting through customs can be tiresome, the recent upgrade to V.C. Bird International makes it a recommended airport in the Caribbean to travel to and this mode of transportation remains the fastest and most convenient way to get to St. Johns.


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