How to Reach Tortola by Airplane

You'll have to make at least one stop before arriving on Tortola

Although a direct commercial flight to Tortola is not possible outside of the Caribbean region, this island is remains the easiest to fly to in the British Virgin Islands chain. Still, the numerous flight path options means you'll have a few decisions to make before booking your flight.

A short distance east of Tortola is the small Beef Island. Spare a few small communities, Beef Island is used primarily as the headquarters for the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport, which allows tourists to fly into the British Virgin Islands and then connect to other islands in the chain via smaller charter flights or by ferry. Tortola is the one exception. Beef Island connects to Tortola with the Queen Elizabeth Bridge, so visitors can simply take a cab across the bridge to their accommodations.

Flying to Tortola from the US

If you are flying from North America, instead of flying all the way to Beef Island, you can also consider consider the option of flying to Cyril E King Airport on nearby St. Thomas. This airport is popular with U.S. tourists, and handles a lot of flights, so you may discover lower fares and fewer connections, with less time spent on planes and sitting in airports. Of course, you will need to take the ferry, which will slow you down -- but the ferry ride offers beautiful views, and the final leg of your journey might be just what you need to switch to "island time."

Cyril E King Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Spirit Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines, WestJet

Flying to Tortola from Europe

Tourists visiting Tortola from outside the Caribbean will not be able to fly directly to Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport due to the runway size of the airport. Although small flights that seat 100 passengers or less have no issue landing here, the jumbo jets that hold international passengers are just too big. For this reason, tourists will fly into one of the hubs for international air traffic in the Caribbean, then connect to Beef Island via a smaller plane. These hubs include The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport on Puerto Rico, Cyril E King Airport on St. Thomas, USVI, or Princess Juliana International Airport in Sint Maarten.

Flying to Tortola from the Caribbean

Regardless of where you are flying from, you might find it necessary, or helpful, to make a connection through another airport in the region -- particularly those that handle larger jets.

Check the following table for airline service from regional airports. Even if there are no flights directly from your local airport, connecting through another Caribbean airport could be a great option.

Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Anegada, British Virgin Islands NGD VI Airlink
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU LIAT, Winair
Basseterre, St. Kitts SKB Hummingbird Air, Winair
Dominica DOM Air Sunshine, BVI Airways, Winair
Dominican Republic SDQ Winair
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy SBH Winair
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico SJU American Airlines, Cape Air, Seaborne Airlines, United Airlines, VI Airlink
Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis NEV Air Sunshine, Hummingbird Air, Winair
Oranjestad, Aruba AUA Winair
Roseau, Dominica DCF Hummingbird Air
Saba SAB Winair
Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten SXM Air Sunshine, BVI Airways, Hummingbird Air, LIAT, VI Airlink, Winair
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands STX Hummingbird Air
St. Eustatius, Saint Eustatius EUX Winair
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands STT Hummingbird Air, VI Airlink
The Valley, Anguilla AXA Winair
Cyril E King Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Anegada, British Virgin Islands NGD VI Airlink
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU LIAT
Basseterre, St. Kitts SKB Hummingbird Air, LIAT
Dominica DOM Air Sunshine
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy SBH Tradewind Airlines
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico SJU Air Sunshine, Cape Air, Jet Blue, United Airlines
Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis NEV Air Sunshine, Hummingbird Air
Roseau, Dominica DCF Hummingbird Air
Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten SXM Air Sunshine
Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda VIJ Air Sunshine, Seaborne Airlines, VI Airlink
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands STX Cape Air, Hummingbird Air, Seaborne Airlines
The Valley, Anguilla AXA LIAT
Vieques, Puerto Rico VQS Air Sunshine
the BVI, British Virgin Islands EIS Hummingbird Air, VI Airlink

After you arrive on Beef Island, you may then take a taxi across the Queen Elizabeth Bridge onto Tortola, and then continue on to your accommodations. The amount you'll spend to do this will depend upon where your hotel is located and how many other travelers you're sharing the taxi with as local cabs are unmetered. You can learn more about cab fare by clicking here.

Be sure to look at the following table if you want to get in touch with a regional air charter service.

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Antilles Helicopters on Tortola (284) 441-7335 Tortola Tortola
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
Island Birds (284) 495-2002 Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport - Beef Island Beef Island
VI Airlink Charters (284) 495-2271 Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport - Beef Island Beef Island
 

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