The best airport to use when booking flights to Antigua and Barbuda is V C Bird International Airport. While V C Bird is a relatively small airport, it is used as a hub by Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT) and it is a short drive from the capital, St John's, on Antigua Island.
Passengers arriving at V C Bird International Airport will find it a breeze, as it generally takes only a few minutes after landing to collect your baggage and head out of the airport. However, passengers flying out of V C Bird should arrive ahead of time as queues can be long, and because the check-in area is not air conditioned, check-in early and then grab a drink at the Sticky Wicket pub across the road.
The airport is located on the northeast corner of Antigua, five miles (8km) from St. John's.
Getting to the city
There is no main public transport available from the airport. Taxis are available outside the terminal and take around 10-15 minutes to St John's for a fixed fare.
Tel: +1 268 462 0358.
Most major car hire companies, including Avis, Dollar and Thrifty, are represented at the airport.
Taxis are available from outside the terminal to travellers' destination.
The airport has a bank and bureaux de change, as well as a 24-hour ATM. A post office, tourist information desk, bar, restaurant and some shops (including duty-free) are also available. Facilities for the disabled are provided.
Short and long-term parking is available in front of the terminal at minimal rates.
EC$50, or EC$35 for nationals of the Caribbean and USA.
Most flights to V C Bird International Airport originate in North America. Holidaymakers wishing to book a Caribbean vacation in Antigua and Barbuda can book flights on LIAT Airlines as well as Virgin Atlantic, bmi, British Airways, Condor, Air Canada, American Airlines, Air Transat, BVI Airways, Delta, Caribbean Airlines, Continental, US Airways and American Eagle. Charter companies offering flights to V C Bird International Airport include Air St. Kitts/Nevis, Carib Aviation and Montserrat Airways.
The VIP Lounge offers internet facilities and the airside part of the terminal also offers free wifi.
V C Bird Airport has only one airline lounge, known as the VIP Lounge. Passengers needing conference and business facilities should try the Anchorage Inn, which is just five minutes from St Johns (tel: +1 (268) 462 4065).
Antigua International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.