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tarheel Nov 26th, 2003 07:33 AM

St. Marteen to St. Bart's
Any suggestions on the best way to get to St. Bart's from St. Marteen's? I've seen prices for approx. $200 roundtrip for a 15 minute flight. Is this normal?

Statia Nov 26th, 2003 08:20 AM

Unfortunately, yep.

I work next door to Windward Island Airways (a local carrier) and checked to see if this is a normal price since it seemed high to me, as well. I have always flown charter to St. Barth's, so I'm unfamiliar with the commercial carrier prices.

I was quoted a resident fare of $170, which to me is still high considering I pay less than $100 to fly from SXM to St. Eustatius, which is even farther. I guess it's just part of the St. Barth's experience.

tarheel Nov 26th, 2003 12:31 PM

I'm not familiar with charter flights. Are they normally for groups of people. Are they less expensive?

Statia Nov 27th, 2003 05:52 AM

If you charter a flight, then it will be only for you and your travel companions. I fly with a friend who owns a plane, so I'm not really certain of the cost for a charter between SXM and St. Barth's, but my guess would be between $300 and $400, perhaps a bit more.

The cost effectiveness in comparison to a commercial flight would depend upon how many of you are splitting the charter cost. The charters usually seat approximately six people.

Your best bet will probably still be a local carrier flight (such as WinAir)direct from SXM to St. Barth's, even over the hassle and upset of the daily ferry ride over.

If it were me, I would just bite the bullet and fly a local carrier....unless I had enough people to make a charter flight worthwhile.

Good luck.

100dm Dec 5th, 2003 07:39 AM

two weeks ago i fly with winair from st. maarten for 120 us$


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