Traveling to Virgin Gorda by Airplane

A hop, skip, and a jump away from your home town is the small island of Virgin Gorda

Getting to Virgin Gorda begins with a flight into the Caribbean. Tourists will not be able to fly directly to Virgin Gorda, or even directly into the British Virgin Islands, so if you plan to fly, you'll have to make several stops, and arrangements with more than one airline.

There are three hubs for air transportation in the Caribbean that could serve as your first stop. The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport on Puerto Rico, the Princess Juliana International Airport in Sint Maarten, or the Cyril E King Airport on St. Thomas, USVI. From there, you will need to book a flight to the Virgin Gorda Airport.

Flying to Virgin Gorda from the Caribbean

Less than a decade ago, the Virgin Gorda Airport was owned by the Rosewood Little Dix Bay and featured an unpaved airstrip comprised mostly of sand and gravel. Then, the British government purchased the land and went forward with plans to make the airport just slightly more accessible. As of April 2013, the Virgin Gorda Airport is an Uncertified Airport with Limitations and is only allowed a restricted amount of incoming and outgoing flights.

Smaller flights from Virgin Gorda, St. Thomas, or the Princess Juliana International Airport in Sint Maarten can be taken into the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island, BVI. Beef Island is connected to the island of Tortola by bridge, so it is often said that tourists are flying into Tortola when they arrive on Beef Island. This airport serves as the hub for all air travel within the British Virgin Islands, yet it is not large enough to accommodate international flights.

Check the chart below for scheduled air service from other airports in the Caribbean. Even if you can't get a flight directly from your preferred airport, connecting through another airport in the Caribbean may be a very good solution.

Virgin Gorda Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Anegada, British Virgin Islands NGD VI Airlink
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico SJU Air Sunshine, American Airlines, Seaborne Airlines
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands STT Air Sunshine, Seaborne Airlines, VI Airlink
Vieques, Puerto Rico VQS Air Sunshine
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

From either airport, you will be able to hail a cab or rent a car to continue your journey. Many tourist will fly into Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport only to take a ferry to another island. Learn more about the ferry routes here.

Whether your air transport to Virgin Gorda is the final leg of your journey, or just the beginning, you will have plenty of options.

If you're serious about an air charter, you can call one of the following regional agencies:

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Capitol Air (340) 777-9177 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
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
Island Birds (284) 495-2002 Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport - Beef Island Beef Island
Shoreline Aviation at North Sound (340) 642-3000 5.9 mi. (9.6 km) Northeast of Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
Shoreline Aviation at STT (340) 642-3000 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
VI Airlink Charters (284) 495-2271 Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport - Beef Island Beef Island
 

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