The Caribbean by Private Jet: Top 10 airports
As the winter months approach, many of our leisure clients look to escape to warmer climates in the Caribbean islands, one of the most popular travel destinations for luxury travelers.
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 the US or sometimes Europe. In fact, the top Caribbean private jet route last year was between Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and the Bahamas, followed by St Maarten and New York City, Bahamas and New York City, and forth 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 last year, which was between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, as many luxury travelers choose private jets to hop from island to island.
For some Caribbean islands, the runway length means you can only reach them by a small aircraft, so clients have to change aircraft to one that you wouldn’t be able to use for a longer journey. For example, St Bart, a popular destination with our clients, has a runway of just half a mile, allowing for only small propeller aircraft such as a BN Islander to land there.
So which out of the thousands of islands are the most popular Caribbean destinations overall with private jet travelers? Here are the Top 10 busiest airports for private jet charter flights in the region, based on analysis of last year’s Caribbean season:
1) Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)
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 270 miles of beautiful beaches.
2) Princess Juliana International Airport, St Maarten (SXM)
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.
3) Cyril E King Airport, US Virgin Islands, St Thomas (STT)
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 traveler, the islands offer exclusive beach resorts, white sand beaches and beautiful coral reefs.
4) L F Wade International Airport, Bermuda (BDA)
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)
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)
The British overseas territory of Anguilla attracts luxury travelers 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)
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) V C Bird International, Antigua & Barbuda (ANU)
Antigua and Barbuda offers an idyllic location popular with private jet travelers 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.
9) Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados (BGI)
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 travelers around the world.
10) Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands (STX)
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 travelers 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 Eleuthera, Bahamas (ELH)
North Eleuthera 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.
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