Hewanorra International Airport (UVF)
Hewanorra International Airport is served mainly by International Airlines such as British Airways, British West Indian Airways, Air Canada, Air Jamaica and Virgin Atlantic Airways, all of which operate scheduled services.
The airport is situated on the main highway running north to south on the island, and is served by all taxi companies on the island. The trip to Castries takes about an hour – an hour and a half – road conditions are currently acceptable. Local buses are also available but services are infrequent.
Beyond Immigration and Customs on departure you will find a small selection of duty free shops for locally made goods as well as the usual cigarettes and spirits and a couple of snack bars.
Car rental: Car hire companies Avis, Hertz and Alto are represented at the airport.
Facilities: The airport has a few shops and bars, a branch of the Bank of St Lucia with an ATM machine, and a bureau de change which opens between 12 and 4.30pm. There are good facilities for disabled passengers.
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George FL Charles Airport (SLU)
Formally known as “Vigie Airport“
George F. L. Charles Airport is the only airport in the north of the island and is the smaller of the two airports on island. The airport is located just minutes away from the capital city of St Lucia – Castries. The airport facilitates a number of general aviation and commuter airlines that link Saint Lucia to the other territories of the Eastern Caribbean. This airport is serviced by a number of Airlines which engage principally in the transport of passengers. Federal Express and DHL also operates a daily service to support their courier service.
There are multiple check-in desks available at the Airport, Facilities at George F. L. Charles include a small restaurant/bar, washrooms, public telephones and a tiny book-shop/stand. There are also car rental booths and Duty Free shopping in the checked in area. Across the road from the airport you will find Vigie Beach. A recently built beachfront facility offers a good assortment of local bars with food and drink at very affordable prices.
Getting to Saint Lucia
If you are flying direct from Europe, Canada or the eastern seaboard of the United States then you will fly into Hewanorra, the only airport that can take wide-bodied jets.
There are more direct flights from Europe to St. Lucia than most of the islands in the Caribbean. UK residents can catch a direct flight from London or Manchester.
Disclaimer: the information below is not a comprehensive list, airline/routes do change from time to time, so please check with your airline of choice for more up to date information.
Airlines running out of Britain can include – British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Air Canada, United, and Westjet just to name a few. Virgin Atlantic offers four and five weekly flights via Gatwick, while British Airways provides 7 flights weekly also through Gatwick.
You can also get a service out of Manchester Airport, operated by Thomas Cook, contact them for more information.
When flying in from the US, you will be able to get direct flights on American Airlines out of Miami, Charlotte, and Philadelphia. From New York & Boston, you would be looking at Jetblue; then there is Delta flying out of Atlanta and finally, United out of New Jersey and Chicago.
Flights from Canada can include, Air Canada and WestJet. These fly direct from Toronto all year round. You can also get these flights through Montreal in peak season as well as the odd charter flight.
There are a number of offerings running through the Caribbean region, these include Caribbean Airlines, Air Caraïbes Air Antilles and the very well know LIAT.
Estimated flying times from some of the major cities around the world:
3.5 hours from Miami to Saint Lucia
4 hours from New York to Saint Lucia
5 hours from Toronto to Saint Lucia
8 hours from London to Saint Lucia