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Tips for Travel to and from Anguilla

The following covers some options for your travel to and from Anguilla. The information presented comes from other sources, believed to be reliable, but cannot be guaranteed. Please check with a travel professional for further information. If you have more recent information, please contact the webmaster at fbi.ai@jonz.net.

Getting to Anguilla

Anguilla is located in the north eastern Caribbean at 18° North Latitude and 63° West Longitude.

Arriving via Anguilla Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA)

The island's airport is Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA), telephone 264-497-2719. It is located in The Valley, the capital city of Anguilla. In 2004, the runway was lengthened to accommodate larger commercial aircraft, and can easily handle most private jets and smaller aircraft. With the exception of Cape Air, no North American carriers fly into the Anguilla airport. Nearest International Gateways are San Juan (1 hr. flight), Antigua (1 hr. flight) and St. Maarten (7 minute flight). Airlines that fly into and out of AXA:

Charter & Scenic Flights are available from the following local operators:

Visitors can fly directly into Anguilla's Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport from the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico via Cape Air, LIAT and Anguilla Air Express. There are many direct flights service between San Juan and many major U.S. and Canadian cities, other Caribbean islands, major cities in South and Central America and a few European cities. In March of 2011, British Airways will add flights (twice a week) from London to San Juan (via Antigua).

Arriving via Sint Maarten (SXM)

Just seven miles from Anguilla, St. Maarten's Julianna International Airport (SXM) is serviced by nonstop flights from various cities. This list was correct when this was written, but you need to check with your travel agent for current options.

The cities: New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Chicago (seasonal), Minneapolis (Sun Country Airlines - seasonal), Charlotte, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Washington, and Miami. The airlines are jetBlue (New York, San Juan), US Airways (Charlotte, Philadelphia), American Airlines (New York, Miami), American Eagle (San Juan), United (Chicago, Washington, both seasonal), Continental (Newark), Delta (Atlanta, JFK), and Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale).

Other airlines flying to SXM are Air France, Air Carabes, WestJet, Air Transat (seasonal), Air Canada (seasonal), Insel Air, KLM, Liat, Copa Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, and Dutch Antilles Express. The Canadian cities with direct service by several of these airlines are: Toronto and Montreal. European cities with direct flights include Amsterdam and Paris.

Anguilla is then either; just eight minutes by air from St. Maarten's International Airport; or - more conveniently for arriving at The Ferryboat Inn - a taxi ride and a 20 minute ferry trip to the Blowing Point Harbor just 200 meters from The Ferryboat Inn (see the options below).

Currently, visitors to Anguilla can travel from St Maarten to Anguilla by air, via Anguilla Air Services which offers Scheduled and Charter flights, or TransAnguilla Airways, which offers Charter Services only; via the Fort Louis Ferry Terminal in Marigot, St Martin; or via charter ferry services out of Simpson Bay. The Anguilla/St Maarten Ferry Terminal is open for business from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, daily. Key components of the new service include Immigration services on site and regulation of the process followed by scheduled and charter ferry services. Another key element is the introduction of a late-night ferry service (reservations suggested) which will depart Anguilla at 5:30 pm for St Maarten, and return to Anguilla at 7:00 pm and 10:30 pm nightly, thus allowing for greater opportunities to share both islandsí evening experiences.

Flights to and from SXM are available from the following local operator:

Travel to Anguilla from Sint Maarten/Saint Martin by ferry or boat is also an option.

Taxi and public ferry: Smaller-sized ferries and charter boats leave from the Simpson Bay Police Station or the new Anguilla/ St Maarten Terminal near the St. Maarten airport. Due to the smaller size of the craft (in contrast to the larger public ferries that ply the waters between Blowing Point, Anguilla and Marigot, St. Martin), they are able to travel across the Simpson Bay Lagoon and cross under the road bridges to reach the Anguilla-facing side of Saint Martin.
If you choose the "VIP service", you will be met at the airport and driven to the boat. When you exit immigration and customs at the airport, you'll find yourself in a large room where arriving passengers are met. Look for your ferry representative -- holding a sign identifying the ferry. If you don't find your representative inside the airport, exit through the far right door. Many ferry representatives gather outside this door -- away from the busy sidewalk and street.
Walk-ups (i.e., travelers without reservations) should be able to make arrangements with a representative of one of the ferries right at the airport.
If you book your trip with a ferry operator (in advance), you should ask for exact directions for your arrival. It seems that not all of the shuttle boats will be using the new pier.
The difference between a charter and a shuttle between the St. Maarten airport and Blowing Point is that the charter operates on your time and the shuttle operates on a fixed daily schedule. That's why the charter can be up to six times more expensive.

Below you will find a list of charter boats or sea shuttles from the port(s) adjacent to St. Maarten´s airport. Check their websites, email or call for prices and times since they vary:

Leaving Anguilla

The Departure Tax from Anguilla's airport is $20 per person ($10.00 for children), payable in cash at the window across from the ticket counters.

American Airlines/Eagle, has announced that its office has reopened at the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA) as of May 16th, 2011. This means that visitors to Anguilla and local customers alike do not have to go to St.Maartin for ticketing changes and AAdvantage airline tickets. The office will be opened for business from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday and will offer ticketing services for these needing this service.

If you are flying LIAT, check their reconfirmation requirements when you arrive. In some cases they require passengers to reconfirm 72 hours in advance, to avoid cancellation of their reservations.

If leaving via SXM, remember to allow for ferry/shuttle/taxi time to get to the Sint Maarten airport. You will also pay the Departure Tax at the ferry (in Anguilla) and possibly another Departure Tax at SXM. Some airlines flying into and out of SXM include the Departure Tax in the cost of their tickets.

 

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