There are more than a dozen airlines which operate flights to St Lucia.
Flights to St Lucia are operated by various airlines from several cities across North America. US Airways, American Airlines and Delta all operate flights to St Lucia, some direct and others connecting in Antigua, Barbados, Montego Bay or via San Juan in the case of American Airlines. Air Canada flies direct from Toronto four times a week. Westjet also operates flights to St Lucia 3 times a week from Toronto.
Flights to St Lucia are available daily from Miami and New York direct with American Airlines/American Eagle. US Airways fly direct every Saturday from Philadelphia and Charlotte during the winter, reducing to one flight from Charlotte during the summer and Delta flies to St Lucia from Atlanta. This service is daily, with two flights on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Air Jamaica fly from New York daily, and four-weekly from Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix and Philadelphia. You can purchase a through ticket with Delta from anywhere in the USA for Air Jamaica flights to St Lucia.
BWIA fly twice weekly from New York and Miami.
Apple Vacation fly once a week from Chicago.
For visitors from the UK, British Airways operate scheduled flights to St Lucia three times a week from London Gatwick on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Virgin Atlantic operates 4 flights to St Lucia on a weekly basis – Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. BWIA operate two weekly flights from London. Air Jamaica also fly direct from London.
Most visitors from other parts of Europe travel via London, with British Airways offering connecting flights to St Lucia from many cities.
During the busy winter months, several tour companies operate charter flights to St Lucia from various parts of Europe and North America.
LIAT operates regional flights to St Lucia from other parts of the Caribbean, with some connections to international destinations.
There are two airports in St Lucia, both of which are operated by the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA). Hewanorra International Airport, (UVF), situated near Vieux Fort, around 40 miles south of Castries – is a large and modern facility, and is where you are likely to arrive if you are flying to St Lucia from the US, Canada or Europe, as it has a longer runway more suited to handling large international flights. The airport has a bank with bureau de change, several restaurants and a selection of shops including a pharmacy. The shops in the departure lounge are Duty Free. There are no left-luggage facilities.
There is also George F Charles Airport (SLU) , to be found on the outskirts of Castries, which is mainly used for inter-island flights. It takes approximately 45 minutes to travel between the two airports, so you need to allow enough travelling time if you are transferring to a connecting flight. Helicopter transfers are available between the two airports.
Example durations of flight times to St Lucia would be from Miami, three and a half hours, New York – 4 hours, Toronto – 5 hours, London – 9 hours.
There is an applicable departure tax of EC$68 (approximately US$26/£18) which is added to flight tickets at the time of purchase for all passengers over the age of twelve.
Most visitors from the US, Canada and Europe do not require a visa to visit St Lucia, just a valid passport.
Upon arrival at Hewanorra, taxis are readily available for your onward transportation. Public transport can be found by walking up to the main road with your luggage. If you are vacationing in the North of the island we would heartily recommend a helicopter transfer! The taxi transfer can be long, hot and sticky. The helicopter transfers are available from St Lucia Helicopters.
Flights to St Lucia can be booked via good travel agents or directly with the airline itself.