Traveling to Trinidad by Airplane

Catching a plane is a fast and convenient way to reach your destination

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Trinidad is located at the end of the chain of Caribbean islands. Only a hop from South America, flying is a convenient way to reach this piece of paradise.

Trinidad's Piarco International Airport is located approximately 16 miles from the capital, Port of Spain, and is one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean. This means finding flights will not be that hard.

Flying to Trinidad from the US

Tourists flying into Trinidad from the United States will have few problems. There are a number of cities that offer direct flights to Trinidad's Piarco International Airport. From the Caribbean Gateway of Miami to as far north as JFK in New York, and as far west as Houston, direct flights are easy to find.

If you live in the U.S. the following table may come in handy. The online booking services don't always show the least costly options so it can be handy to know which airlines actually provide direct service to this location.

Piarco International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Caribbean Airlines, Jet Blue
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines
Orlando, FL, USA MCO Caribbean Airlines

Flying to Trinidad from Canada

Canadian tourists are not as fortunate as their American neighbors. There is currently only one city, Toronto that offers passengers direct flights to Trinidad. Still, since Toronto is not exactly a small town, Canadians should have no problem flying to it from their local airport. Alternatively, you could also fly to one of the American cities above and make a transfer.

Flying to Trinidad from Europe

Europeans only have one option, London's Gatwick Airport, if they want a direct flight to Trinidad. Not even Frankfurt in Germany offers direct flights. You could also just skip London and take a plane to the United States instead (which is much more common).

If you'll be flying from across the Atlantic this chart is relevant.

Piarco International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW Caribbean Airlines

Flying to Trinidad from the Caribbean

The Piarco International Airport serves as a hub of air travel in the Caribbean. There are daily flights to destinations all over the region.

Additionally, and of noticible importance, is the "Sky Bridge" between Trinidad and Tobago. This imaginary bridge symbolizes the air route that connects the two islands that form the nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Flights between the islands occur many times every day via Caribbean Airlines, and only takes 25 minutes.

See below for a listing of scheduled air service from airports in the region. If you can't take a flight from an airport near you, connecting through another airport might be a very good solution.

Piarco International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU LIAT
Barbados BGI LIAT
Calliste, Grenada GND Caribbean Airlines, LIAT
Castries, Saint Lucia SLU Caribbean Airlines, LIAT
Kingston, Jamaica KIN Caribbean Airlines
Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten SXM Caribbean Airlines
St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines SVD LIAT
Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago TAB Caribbean Airlines
Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia UVF British Airways
Willemstad, Curacao CUR LIAT

You can take a look at the following chart if you want to call some of the regional air charter companies.

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Abaco Air Charter (242) 367-2266 Marsh Harbour Tobago
Aviation Services Of Grenada (473) 439-0681 Maurice Bishop Intl Airport - Calliste Grenada
Briko Air Services Ltd (868) 669-3915 Piarco - The vicinity of Port of Spain Trinidad

Airport Security

Airlines and airports have increased security measures worldwide, in addition to the standard baggage screening procedures. Be prepared for random security inspections of bags and personal belongings.

Before leaving for the airport, make sure you have your passport and ticket or e-ticket confirmation page readily available. It is a good practice to call the airline in advance to confirm that your flight is scheduled to depart on time.

In order to reduce waiting time and ensure that you reach your gate in a timely manner, consider the following tips to expedite inspection and/or screening:

  • Metal objects will set off detector devices, so passengers should avoid wearing metal items, such as steel-toed boots, heavy jewelry, and large belt buckles.
  • Bring a note from your doctor if you have metal surgical implants to avoid any possible delays.
  • Remember, only ticketed passengers are allowed to pass through security. Check with the airline if you are assisting an elderly person or child for additional regulations.
  • In addition to removing your shoes, jackets and other outer-wear, loose change, keys cellular phones and other personal devices will need to be placed in the bin the airport provides for x-ray screening.

The convenience of air travel makes catching a flight to both Trinidad and Tobago a popular way to get to your island vacation.

 

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