Flying to St. Martin

Travelers who wish to fly directly in to St. Martin must do so aboard a small commuter plane

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While there are two airports on St. Martin/St. Maarten, only the one on the Dutch side of the island is capable of handling large planes and international air traffic. With the relatively small size of the island, visitors flying into the Dutch side of the country will have little trouble making their way to the French side to vacation or take an inter-island flight from the much smaller airport situated there.


The small L'Esperance Airport in St. Martin generally serves small charter and inter-island planes. You can reach the airport for specific information at 590-87-53-03. Most international visitors will fly into The Princess Juliana International Airport, the second busiest airport in the eastern Caribbean, and the hub for travel to Sint Maarten, St. Martin, and a host of small islands surrounding the two nations. The contact number for Princess Juliana International Airport, located approximately 10 miles northwest of Philipsburg, is 599-545-5757.

Taxis, rental cars, dining, and shopping are all available at the airport. Tourists to St. Maarten may receive entry to the country from 14 days to 3 months and visitors to St. Martin may stay in the country up to 3 months without a visa.

In the fall of 2012, the Princess Juliana International Airport made the decision to raise airport departure fees. This increased fees from $30(USD), or NAf. 54 to $33(USD), or NAf. 59.40. Although these fees are often already included in your airline ticket, you should be prepared with the money in the event that it is not. Shortly thereafter, officials at the airport began rolling out a new security system that with the help of weather-tested security cameras covering more than 80 percent of the property has created the most secure and sophisticated security system in a Caribbean airport.

Flying to St. Martin from the US

Flights to Saint Martin from the United States are plentyful, generally coming from New York and Miami. Flights from Miami only take two and a half hours, and even from New York it is only a three and a half hour trip.

Princess Juliana International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Spirit Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines

Flying to St. Martin from Canada

There are a variety of airlines serving Princess Juliana International Airport, and travelers should research air carriers and flight timetables that work best for them. Nonstop flights, which do not stop, are preferred by many over direct flights, which may have stops between your departure and arrival. It take five hours to get to Princess Juliana direct from Montreal.

Flying to St. Martin from Europe

Although direct flights are preferable, they are rarer to come by when you fly to the island from Europe.  Despite being a major international hub in the region, it is still common to see many airlines fly to a large city in the United States before continuing on to St. Maarten. 

L'Esperance Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy SBH St. Barth Commuter
Martinique FDF Air Caraibes
Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre PTP Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes
Princess Juliana International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU Air St. Maarten, LIAT
Barbados BGI LIAT
Basseterre, St. Kitts SKB LIAT
Dominica DOM Air Sunshine, BVI Airways, LIAT, Winair
Dominican Republic SDQ InselAir
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy SBH St. Barth Commuter
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico SJU Air Sunshine, Jet Blue, Seaborne Airlines
Kingston, Jamaica KIN Caribbean Airlines
Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis NEV Air Sunshine
Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre PTP Air Antilles Express
Roseau, Dominica DCF Hummingbird Air
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands STX Hummingbird Air, LIAT
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands STT Air Sunshine
The Valley, Anguilla AXA Anguilla Air Services
Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago POS Caribbean Airlines
Willemstad, Curacao CUR InselAir
the BVI, British Virgin Islands EIS Air Sunshine, BVI Airways, Hummingbird Air, LIAT, VI Airlink, Winair

If you're considering the option of an air charter, you can contact one of the following regional agencies:

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Antilles Aeronefs (059) 087-2538 6 Rue du General De Gaulle - Marigot the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Caribbean Wings (919) 523-7094 Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport - Beef Island Beef Island
Fly BVI Office at EIS (284) 495-1747 Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport - Beef Island Beef Island
Fly BVI Pickup Service from NGD (284) 495-1747 Auguste George Airport - Anegada Anegada
Fly BVI Pickup Service from VIJ (284) 495-1747 Virgin Gorda Airport - Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
Shoreline Aviation at North Sound (340) 642-3000 5.9 mi. (9.6 km) Northeast of Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
St. Barth Commuter (590) 590 27 54 54 Gustaf III Airport - St. Barthelemy St. Barthelemy
VI Airlink Charters (284) 495-2271 Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport - Beef Island Beef Island

More on Flying to St. Maarten

Tourists should be sure to shop around for a variety of options when booking their flights. Flying during the off season or securing last minute travel arrangement can save travelers 20 percent to 50 percent on their airfare. Roundtrip travel is also less expensive than buying one way tickets, and they are helpful since proof of a return ticket is required to get through customs. Frequent flyer clubs and Internet vendors are other good ways of saving when arranging your air travel.

Airline passengers often prefer to travel on board air carriers they know and trust, but this may not always be an option for getting to your destination of choice. The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States (FAA) provides air carrier reputation rankings that are based on performance, service, and safety. The FAA's Web site is at Federal Aviation Administration 800 Independence Ave, SW Washington, DC 20591.

The FAA consumer hotline can be contacted at 866-835-5322, and those looking for the Aviation Consumer Protection Division or looking to report air travel service problems should contact 202-366-2220.

The FAA has deemed both the governments of St. Martin and St. Maarten as being in compliance with the International Aviation Safety Assessment Program that is based on a country's standards for aircraft operations.

Entry Requirements

Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, travelers from areas in the Western Hemisphere, including the Caribbean, United States, and Canada are required to show a passport to enter the United States. Those traveling to the Caribbean should travel with a valid passport and also must show proof of a return ticket when entering the country. European and Canadian citizens must also have valid passports and return tickets.

Princess Juliana Airport, serving both St. Martin and St. Maarten, is a busy, modern airport, making it easier for travelers from abroad to visit the tiny island that is home to two separate countries.


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