Flying to The Valley

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With the expansive Atlantic Ocean separating travelers from the Caribbean Sea, most people opt to use air travel to reach Anguilla. Although flying is convenient and quick, foreign travelers are required to first fly to a neighboring Caribbean island before heading to Anguilla.

Flying to Anguilla from the US

Travelers in the United States typically fly American Airlines to San Juan before taking a short one-hour flight to Anguilla. As for getting to Puerto Rico, that will be easy. Air Transportation to Puerto Rico is common from the US, with several cities offering daily flights. The only tough decision you will have to make is if you want to spend some time in Puerto Rico or get to Anguilla as soon as possible.

Rumor has it that direct flights from major United States cities such as Atlanta and Miami are in the works, though some renovations may need to be made, since the 5463 foot runways is not long enough to receive international jets.

Flying to Anguilla from Europe

...connect in the United States or take a direct flight to a neighboring island...

 

Travelers from Europe and other destinations around the world must connect in the United States or take a direct flight to a neighboring island. Depending what nation you are flying from, this usually includes Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, or the Dominican Republic.

You will be able to find flights to the Caribbean from Europe on board popular airlines like British Airways, Virgin Airlines, Condor Airlines, and several others.

Flying to Anguilla from the Caribbean

The main airport in Anguilla is the Clayton Lloyd International Airport, which you can contact at 264-498-5922. Once known as the Wallblake Airport, this locale was renamed in 2010. It is a small terminal with no jet ways, and is located in the center of the island, just south of The Valley. The airport receives as many as 50 inter-island flights daily from locations such as San Juan, Sint Maarten, Antigua, and St. Kitts.

Check below for scheduled air service from regional airports. Even if you can't get a flight directly from your local airport, a connecting flight from a regional airport could be a great option.

Clayton Lloyd International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU Air St. Maarten, LIAT
Basseterre, St. Kitts SKB Winair
Dominican Republic SDQ Winair
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy SBH Anguilla Air Services
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico SJU American Airlines, Cape Air, United Airlines
Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis NEV Winair
Saba SAB Winair
Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten SXM Anguilla Air Services
St. Eustatius, Saint Eustatius EUX Winair
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands STT LIAT
the BVI, British Virgin Islands EIS Winair

...search for a number of connecting islands and flights in order to get the best deal...

 

Flying to the Caribbean can be expensive, however there are several ways to save money on flights. Since there are no non-stop flights from foreign destinations to Anguilla, travelers should search for a number of connecting islands and flights in order to get the best deal. Flying during the slow tourist season in the Caribbean can save travelers up to 50 percent on airfare and hotels. Airlines also sometimes release last minute deals. Return tickets can be less expensive than two one-way tickets. Advance booking, reward programs, and frequent flier mile clubs are other ways to benefit and save on your travels.

Airport Security

As a result of safety concerns, airports and airlines have increased their security measures. Luggage checks and searches have become more thorough, and travelers must move through several check points when taking their flight to the Caribbean. Although increased security has caused some delays and heavier airport traffic, security officials have streamlined the process as much as possible, and air travelers realize that the measures have been implemented for their own safety. Vacationers can contact the Transportation Security Administration (http://www.tsa.gov) (TSA) at 866-289-9673 with questions concerning baggage screening and security concerns, as well as for a full list of prohibited items.

Passengers can take several measures to ensure that they get to their flight quickly and without complications. The first important step is confirming your flight. Call the airline a few days in advance to confirm the flight times, flight number, and ticket assignments. Arrive at the airport two hours before your flight is scheduled to depart in case of delays or unseen complications at the ticketing counter or security checkpoints. The popularity of electronic tickets has prompted the spread of electronic ticket kiosks where passengers can quickly print their boarding passes. In order to move through all of the checkpoints, travelers should have a valid government issued photo ID (passport) and a boarding pass.

Once past ticketing, travelers are likely to experience the most delays as they wait to move through the primary passenger screening area that allows entrance to the airport terminals. Items such as razors, scissors, and other sharp objects are not allowed through these checkpoints. Consult the TSA (http://www.tsa.gov) for a complete list of restricted items.

Prepare to move through the security checkpoint by removing any bulky metallic items such as belt buckles, steel boots, and jewelry. Additionally, remove all jackets, coats, and blazers. Passengers are also required to remove shoes and hats. Computers and camcorders must be taken out of their cases in order to be sent through the baggage screening machine, and they may be closely inspected. Personal valuables, such as cell phones, PDAs, loose change and jewelry should be placed in the bins provided by the airport when moving through the security checkpoint. Travelers with pacemakers or metal surgical implants should speak with airport security officials in order to make arrangements for security screening.

Airlines generally allow one carry-on item and one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or laptop computer. Airlines have different rules for checked baggage and may charge fees for items such as golf clubs, so it is best to contact the specific airline directly.

Air Charters

Charter flights are another way you can fly into Anguilla. More personalized and flying on your schedule, chartering a plan can help you get to islands much easier than having to find a scheduled flight. Generally, flights aboard charter planes are a little longer than with airlines, since the planes go slower. However, there are also less procedures and regulations before takeoff, so no need to get there hours ahead of time.

Take a look at the chart below for some charters that are based around Anguilla. Many specialize in one service or another, so be sure to call and ask.

See the following chart to get in touch with some of the regional air charter companies.

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Epelem Flying Services (721) 544-5240 Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fly BVI Pickup Service from NGD (284) 495-1747 Auguste George Airport - Anegada Anegada
Fly BVI Pickup Service from SXM (284) 495-1747 Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Melmik Aviation (721) 547-0725 Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Menzies Avation Group (721) 545-2570 Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
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

Although you may need to take a connecting flight to travel to Anguilla, flying remains the quickest and most convenient way to reach this beautiful island.

 

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