to St. Lucia
The island maintains
two separate airports, whose different locations cause endless
confusion to many newcomers. Most international long-distance
flights land at Hewanorra International Airport (tel.
758/454-6249) in the south, 45 miles from Castries.
If you arrive here and you’re booked into a hotel in the
north, you’ll have to spend about an hour and a half traveling
along the potholed East Coast Highway. The average taxi
fare is $50 for up to four passengers.
Flights from other parts of
the Caribbean usually land at the somewhat antiquated Vigie
Airport (tel. 758/452-2596), in the northeast.
Its location just outside Castries affords much more convenient
access to the capital and most of the island’s hotels.
You’ll probably have to change
planes somewhere else in the Caribbean to get to St. Lucia.
American Eagle (tel. 800/433-7300 or 758/452-1820)
serves both of the island’s airports with nonstop flights
from San Juan. Connections from all parts of the North American
mainland to the airline’s enormous hub in San Juan are frequent
and convenient. American also offers some good package deals.
Air Canada (tel.800/268-7240
in Canada, 800/776-3000 in the U.S., or 758/454-6038; www.aircanada.ca)
has one nonstop weekly flight to St. Lucia that departs
British Airways (tel.
0345/222-111 in England, or 758/452-3778; www.british-airways.com)
offers three flights a week from London’s Gatwick Airport
to St. Lucia’s Hewanorra Airport. All these touch down briefly
on Antigua before continuing to St. Lucia.
LIAT (tel. 800/468-0482
in the U.S. and Canada, or 758/452-3015) has small planes
flying from many points throughout the Caribbean into Vigie
Airport. Points of origin include such islands as Barbados,
Antigua, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Martinique. Know in
advance that LIAT flights tend to island-hop en route to
Air Jamaica (tel.
800/523-5585 or 758/454-8869; www.airjamaica.com)
serves the Hewanorra Airport with nonstop service from either
New York’s JFK or Newark daily, except Wednesday and Friday.
Another option is BWIA
(tel. 800/292-1183 for North American reservations,
or 758/452-3778; www.bwee.com), which has two weekly flights
from New York’s JFK nonstop to Hewanorra, two weekly flights
from Miami, and two weekly flights from London’s Gatwick
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