Private jet charter in the Caribbean
During the winter months, many of our leisure clients look to escape to warmer climates in the Caribbean islands, one of the most popular travel destinations for luxury travellers.
And when it comes to getting around, the unique geography of the region means private aviation really comes into its own – as there are literally thousands of islands.
Some clients choose to use a private aircraft for the whole journey from the starting point, whether coming from Europe or the US. In fact, the top Caribbean private jet route is between Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and the Bahamas, followed by St Maarten and New York City, Bahamas and New York City, and fourth Turks & Caicos and New York City.
However, many others choose to use a combination of airline flights and private aviation to reach their final Caribbean destination. This is proven by the fifth most popular Caribbean private jet route, between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, as many luxury travellers choose private jets to hop from island to island.
So which out of the thousands of islands are the most popular Caribbean destinations overall with private jet travellers? Here are the Top 10 busiest airports for private jet charter flights in the region during the peak season November to April:
1) Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) – 1,799 flights
Puerto Rico’s Luis Munoz Marin International airport is the busiest airport in the region for airline flights, and for private jet charter activity. A popular gateway between the Caribbean and the United States, visitors flock to this island to enjoy more than 434 km of beautiful beaches.
2) Princess Juliana International Airport, St Maarten (SXM) – 1,586 flights
St Maarten (also known as St Martin by the French) is split between the Netherlands and France. Its airport, the Princess Juliana International, offers one of the world’s most stunning landings – coming in very low over water – and was the winner of the PrivateFly Airport Approaches Poll for 2013. The airport is another important hub in the Caribbean, connecting airline flights and those in larger private jets, with smaller aircraft bound for more remote islands.
See the landing at St Maarten for yourself below - and other spectacular Caribbean landings on our YouTube channel.
3) Cyril E King Airport, US Virgin Islands, St Thomas (STT) – 1,284 flights
Cyril E King is the busiest airport in the US Virgin Islands, located in the eastern Caribbean. It is a very busy regional airport for airliners and can accommodate aircraft of all sizes. For the luxury traveller, the islands offer exclusive beach resorts, white sand beaches and beautiful coral reefs.
4) L F Wade International Airport, Bermuda (BDA) – 931 flights
L F Wade is the only airport in Bermuda, serving both private jets and airliners of all sizes. The islands of Bermuda, an Overseas British Territory, are well-known for offshore finance and for luxury tourism.
5) Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico (SIG) – 835 flights
San Juan Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport is another popular choice for private charter flights flying to and from Puerto Rico. Based in Miramar, it also commonly known as Isla Grande Airport. But with a shorter runway than Luis Munoz Marin, this airport does not accept larger jets.
6) Clayton J Lloyd International Airport, Anguilla (AXA) – 670 Flights
The British overseas territory of Anguilla attracts luxury travellers from across the word with its sprawling white beaches and breathtaking scenery. The island’s small international airport, Clayton J Lloyd, is the only airport on the island and is usually accessed by air through Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Antigua and St. Kitts.
7) Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, British Virgin Islands (EIS) – 511 flights
The main airport serving the British Virgin Islands, Terrance B. Lettsome International was previously known as Beef Island airport. The BVI consists of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke as well as fifty smaller islands. The BVI is a popular private jet destination for those transferring to yachts.
8) Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados (BGI) - 487 flights
As the main airport gateway for Barbados, Grantley Adams International is also an important access point for the Eastern Caribbean. Luxury tourism and real-estate contribute significantly to the island's economy and Barbados is popular with private jet travellers around the world.
9) V C Bird International, Antigua & Barbuda (ANU) - 486 flights
Antigua and Barbuda offers an idyllic location popular with private jet travellers with private hideaways and luxury resorts. V C Bird International is the only airport on the island of Antigua, located close to the island's capital St John's.
10) Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands (STX) – 419 Flights
Located on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Henry E. Rohlsen Airport is another popular Caribbean airport for private flights serving the U.S. Virgin Islands. Although capable of receiving long range private jets of all sizes, the airport is most popular for shorter Caribbean hops and transfers.
OTHER POPULAR CARIBBEAN PRIVATE JET AIRPORTS
Lynden Pindling International Airport, Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)
Nassau is the capital city of the Bahamas and Lynden Pindling the major international airport for the city. This airport is a popular hub for those arriving in the region from the US, for business and luxury travel, accommodating airline flights and private jets of all sizes.
Providenciales International Airport, Turks & Caicos (PLS)
Providenciales, known informally as Provo, is the largest airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory. The airport accommodates airline and private jet flights, with travellers attracted to the famously beautiful beaches and luxury resorts, plus the attractive terms for offshore finance. But it’s probably best known for its world class diving along the miles of coral reefs just offshore.
Marsh Harbour Airport, Abaco Islands, Bahamas (MHH)
The Abaco Islands are the northern Bahamas and combine Great Abaco and Little Abaco, together with a number of smaller islands. Marsh Harbour is the major airport and town in the island group, offering access to visitors attracted by the islands’ well-known natural beauty and luxury lodges. This airport accommodates both private jets and regional airline services.
North Eleuthra, Bahamas (ELH)
North Eleuthra island in the Bahamas is known for its pink sand beaches and coral reefs. The small airport serves visitors to the northern stretch of the long thin island (just a mile wide in some places), as well as others nearby in the Bahamas such as Harbour Island and Spanish Wells.
Owen Roberts Airport, Cayman Islands (GCM)
Owen Roberts is the main international airport for the Cayman Islands, named after a pioneer of commercial aviation in the country. The bright coral reef and crystal clear waters have made this island a popular destination for tourists.
Caribbean Private Jet Charter
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