The Caribbean By Private Jet: The Top 10 airports
During the winter months, many of our leisure clients look to escape to warmer climates in the Caribbean. And when it comes to getting around, the island geography of the region means on-demand private jet charter comes into its own – flying point-to-point between destinations that are not easily reached any other way.
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Some clients choose to use a long range private aircraft for the whole journey - whether flying from Europe or the US - with popular departure points including Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Others choose to use a combination of airline flights and private aviation to reach their final Caribbean destination.
So which out of the thousands of islands are the most popular Caribbean destinations 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.
Top 10 private jet airports in the Caribbean
1) Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico (TISJ)
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 (TNCM)
St Maarten (also known as St Martin by the French) is split between the Netherlands and France. Its airport, Princess Juliana International, offers one of the world’s most stunning landings – coming in very low over water. The airport is another important hub in the Caribbean, connecting airline flights and larger private jets, with smaller aircraft bound for more remote islands.
The landing at St Maarten was voted one of the World's Top 10 Scenic Landings 2018 in our annual poll. You can - or browse videos of other Caribbean landings on our YouTube channel.
3) Cyril E King Airport, US Virgin Islands, St Thomas (TIST)
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) Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico (TJIG)
San Juan's secondary airport, 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.
5) Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (TISX)
Located on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport is able to accommodate private jets of all sizes. The airport is also very popular for small trips between the islands.
6) Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, British Virgin Islands (TUPJ)
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.
7) Clayton J Lloyd International Airport, Anguilla (TQPF)
The British overseas territory of Anguilla attracts luxury travellers from across the word, to 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.
8) V C Bird International, Antigua & Barbuda (TAPA)
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.
9) Gustav III Airport, St Barthelemy (TFFJ)
The island of Saint Barthélemy (commonly known as St. Barts) is a French overseas territory in the Lesser Antilles. The runway at Gustav III (also known as Remy de Haenen) is able to accommodate small aircraft. St. Barts is well-served with amenities for the luxury traveller, and popular for day trips from surrounding islands or with those staying in one of the island's exclusive properties.
10) Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados (TBPB)
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 from around the world.
Other popular private jet airports in the Caribbean & Bahamas
Lynden Pindling International Airport, Nassau, Bahamas
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
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
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
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
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.