Airports & Airlines
VC Bird International Airport, about 5 miles east of St John’s, opened a shiny new, state-of-the-art terminal in August 2015.
Delta, US Airways, United Airlines, WestJet, JetBlue, CanJet and Air Canada have direct flights from various North American gateway cities to Antigua.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic operate direct flights from the UK, while Alitalia has a direct flight from Milan, and Condor from Frankfurt.
Aside from private plane and helicopter charters, there was no service to Barbuda's tiny Codrington Airport at the time of writing.
Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.
Getting to Neighboring Islands
At the time of writing, scheduled flights to Barbuda had been suspended, so the ferry is your only option.
Montserrat is served by air (Fly Montserrat, ABM Air) and sometimes by ferry.
Antigua is the hub of regional airline LIAT, and has frequent flights to St Kitts, Nevis, St-Martin/Sint Maarten and other islands. Winair has connections to its base in St-Martin/Sint Maarten as well as to St Kitts and Dominica. Caribbean Airlines flies to Antigua from Jamaica and Trinidad via Barbados, and Seabourne Airline operates flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Antigua is a major port of call for cruise ships. The cruise-ship pier, at Heritage Quay in St John’s Harbour, segues into a duty-free shopping mall, and is within easy walking distance of St John’s main sights.
When several behemoths are docked on the same day, beaches and other attractions can get very busy. Independent travelers might want to check the cruise-ship schedule (eg www.cruisetimetables.com/cruises-to-st-johns-antigua.html) if they wish to avoid the crowds.
There is on-and-off-again ferry service with Montserrat Ferry between Antigua and Montserrat. Call to inquire if it’s running. Montserrat’s tourist office site (www.visitmontserrat.com) also posts the latest schedule. The round-trip fare is EC$300 (EC$150 for children aged two to 12).
Antigua’s many fine, protected ports make it one of the major yachting centers of the Caribbean. Full-service marinas are at English Harbour, Falmouth Harbour, Jolly Harbour and Parham Harbour. If you’re going on to Barbuda, ask for a cruising permit, which will allow you to visit that island without further formalities. Bring everything you’ll need, because there are no yachting facilities on Barbuda.