St. Lucia Air Travel

Air travel allows visitors to land on either St. Lucia's north or south coast

Photo credit: © Ken Clark

The famous mountain peaks called the Pitons can't be missed when flying into either airport on St. Lucia. Most international jet flights will enter through Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), while shorter flights from within the Caribbean will land at George Charles Airport (SLU).


The George Charles Airport is located in the capital city of St. Lucia, Castries. Hewanorra International Airport is located in the southern town of Vieux Fort, which is approximately 40 miles south of Castries. Traveling by road from the Hewanorra airport to Castries is at least an hour and a half journey. Travel time from Castries to Soufriere is about an hour drive.

Taxis are readily available at both airports. Groups can also hire minibuses (which accommodate 10 people).  The fare from Hewanorra Airport to Castries is approximately EC$120 - EC $175 up to four persons; Castries to Rodney Bay is approximately EC$40 up to four persons.  Taxis are  not metered, so be sure to get a quote in advance,  Most drivers are also certified island guides. For additional details regarding taxi service, click here.

Car rentals and four-wheel drive vehicles can be booked at the airport, through hotels and travel agencies.  The average weekly rental rates depend on the type of car and the rental agency can range from $295(US) to $390(US).  Daily rates, not including insurance are approximately $70(US).  Temporary driving permits for visitors can be arranged at the airport, car rental agencies and sometimes at hotels.  Click here for more rental car information and agencies.

Buses are yet another option. Route 2H is especially useful as it allows easy transport between Castries and Vieux Fort, and back, effectively connecting the two airports.

Flying to St. Lucia from the US

Miami, Atlanta, Newark, and New York are all cities that offer Americans direct flights to St. Lucia. This might not be a large selection, but they are all major airports that you can easily find connecting flights to.

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

Airport Security

Procedures for screening baggage and passengers, as well as random personal searches have been implemented around the world. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) highly recommends that passengers arrive at the airport at least two hours before their scheduled flights.

To help your trip through the airport go smoother, and to board your flight on time, keep these safety issues in mind.

  • If you have an electronic ticket, be sure to print the confirmation page before leaving for the airport.

  • Be sure to keep your passport and boarding pass on hand at all times.

  • Avoid wearing metal objects. Remove keys, loose change, cell phones and personal data assistants and place them in the bin provided at the security post.

  • Only ticketed passengers will be allowed through the security checkpoints. Check with the specific airline for procedures if you are accompanying a child or an elderly person and necessary documentation to do so.

Carry-on Luggage

Regulations concerning carry-on luggage, including weight and size limitations are imposed. For complete information on rules for carry-on luggage and a list of permissible carry-on items, visit the Transportation Security Administration or call 866-289-9673. Some general rules include the following:

  • Each passenger is allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item such as a laptop, purse, or briefcase.

  • Sharp objects such as scissors, knives, nail clippers and razors cannot be brought aboard the plane.

  • Food and beverages may not be brought through security but may be purchased and brought on board once you have cleared security.

  • It is recommended that you should avoid carrying on wrapped gifts as officials may unwrap them should they need further examination. Consider bringing wrapping paper with you, or send the gifts directly to your destination.

Flying to St. Lucia from Canada

Air Canada and Transat both offer direct flights from the same two Canadian cities, Montreal and Toronto.

Hewanorra International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada, Air Transat

Flying to St. Lucia from Europe

St. Lucia has more direct flights from Europe than most Caribbean islands. Residents of the United Kingdom will be able to choose from two airports, one in London and the other in Manchester.

George F.L. Charles Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW Virgin Airlines
Hewanorra International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW British Airways, Virgin Airlines

Flying to St. Lucia from the Caribbean

St. Lucia has well developed air routes to the nearby Caribbean islands. Providers like Caribbean Airlines and LIAT give visitors a convenient way to move around the region.

George F.L. Charles Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU Caribbean Airlines, LIAT
Barbados BGI Caribbean Airlines, LIAT
Dominica DOM LIAT
Kingston, Jamaica KIN Caribbean Airlines
Martinique FDF Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, LIAT
Roseau, Dominica DCF LIAT
St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines SVD LIAT
Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago POS Caribbean Airlines, LIAT
Hewanorra International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Barbados BGI Thomas Cook Airlines
Calliste, Grenada GND British Airways, Virgin Airlines
Martinique FDF Air Antilles Express
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands STX Hummingbird Air
Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago POS British Airways

The following table shows how to get a hold of one of the regional air charter services.

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Aviation Services Of Grenada (473) 439-0681 Maurice Bishop Intl Airport - Calliste Grenada
Caribbean Commuter Airways (758) 452-3762 - Bisse Saint Lucia
Les Iles du Ciel (059) 003-0969 Gosier Grande-Terre
Monarch Air Group at BGI (877) 359-6732 Grantley Adams International Airport - Charnocks Barbados
SVG Main Office -- ET Joshua Airport - St. Vincent St. Vincent
Trim Air Charter Services (758) 451-2359 Rodney Bay Saint Lucia

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