Although not located directly within city limits of St. Johns, the(ANU) is considered a feature of the capital. No matter where you are staying on or Barbuda, you'll make your first stop at this moderately sized facility.
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 live in the United States the following chart may come in handy. Online booking engines may not list the best options so it can be handy to see a summary of which airlines actually fly direct to this airport.
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines, United Airlines|
The following chart shows which airlines schedule direct flights out of Canadian cities.
|Calgary, Canada||YYC||Air Canada|
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada|
If you're flying across the Atlantic this table will be useful.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||British Airways, Virgin Airlines|
Check the following table for scheduled air service from airports in the region. If you can't get a flight directly from your favorite airport, connecting through a regional airport might prove to be a great option.
|Barbados||BGI||LIAT, Thomas Cook Airlines|
|Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda||BBQ||Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air|
|Basseterre, St. Kitts||SKB||British Airways, LIAT|
|Castries, Saint Lucia||SLU||Caribbean Airlines, LIAT|
|Gustavia, St. Barthelemy||SBH||St. Barth Commuter|
|Isla Verde, Puerto Rico||SJU||LIAT, Seaborne Airlines|
|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|
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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