Air Travel

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Air Travel

There are no direct flights to St. Barth. Most North Americans fly first into St. Maarten's Queen Juliana International Airport, from which the island is 10 minutes by air. Winair has regularly scheduled flights from St. Maarten. Tradewind Aviation has regularly scheduled service from San Juan and also does charters. Anguilla Air Services and St. Barth Commuter have scheduled flights and also do charters. You must reconfirm your return interisland flight, even during off-peak seasons, or you may very well lose your reservations. Be certain to leave ample time between your scheduled flight and your connection in St. Maarten—three hours is the minimum recommended (and be aware that luggage frequently doesn't make the trip; your hotel or villa-rental company may be able to send someone to retrieve it). It's a good idea to pack a change of clothes, required medicines, and a bathing suit in your carry-on—or better yet, pack very light and don't check baggage at all.

In business since 2002, Tradewind Aviation, a charter airline, provides convenient scheduled service to St. Barth from San Juan in modern, air-conditioned, turbine-powered aircraft flown by two pilots. Connecting through San Juan affords St. Barth visitors the most nonstop commercial flight options from the U.S. mainland and a convenient, domestic transfer point that is more convenient than St. Maarten.

Airports

Gustaf III Airport (SBH) (St. Jean Rd., St-Jean. 0590/27–75–81.)

Local Airline Contacts

Anguilla Air Services (264/498–5922. www.anguillaairservices.com.)

St. Barth Commuter (0590/27–54–54. www.stbarthcommuter.com.)

Tradewind Aviation (800/376–7922; 203/267–3305 in Connecticut. www.tradewindaviation.com.)

Winair (0590/27–61–01 or 866/466–0410. www.fly-winair.com.)

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