Planning a trip to Anguilla? There are two main ways to get here...
1) Fly to St. Maarten and ferry over to Anguilla,
2) Air travel to Anguilla direct from St. Maarten or San Juan.
From the west coast and east coast of the US and Canada, we have made the trek to Anguilla both ways.
We love the Anguilla airport. Arriving there has its own special Caribbean charm.
And flying into St. Maarten and taking the ferry over is a fast and cheap way to get to Anguilla. It has become a favorite way to "get here."
Hopefully, you'll find these two ways to be most useful, too.
Before we begin...
If you live in Paris, getting to Anguilla through air travel is a breeze (on a breeze, actually). Why?
Because St. Martin is a french Caribbean island that lies just a few miles south of Anguilla. France flies jumbo jets, loaded with tourists, so you can get some great discount air fares to St. Martin.
Those jets are also packed with french wine, foie gras and all kinds of other french goodies, which is why St. Martin is our favorite day trip from Anguilla.
So, if you're coming to Anguilla from Europe, the best way is air travel through Paris (or Amsterdam, as you will see on this region-by-region explanation of the best ways to fly to Anguilla). Then simply ride your plane tickets non-stop into St. Martin.
From there, we highly recommend an Anguilla ferry to get to Anguilla.
There are two routes to explore.
Route #1: Fly to St. Maarten
Catch a direct flight from your nearest major airport to Princess Juliana Airport in "St. Maarten" (the Dutch side). Many airlines fly direct into "SXM" daily and weekly. It's the best way to travel to Anguilla from the east coast of the US and Canada, and from Central American hub, Panama City (PTY).
Just 1 flight to St. Maarten, and then 1 ferry over to Anguilla. Easy, done.
Route #2: Fly to San Juan
Another option to explore is flying into Puerto Rico's Caribbean hub, San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. Most major US airlines fly into San Juan daily. It is the best way to travel to Anguilla from the west coast of Canada and the US. It can also be a convenient option if you are flying from the east coast, depending on your city of departure.
From San Juan, Anguilla is a direct flight away. Seaborne Airlines, Air Sunshine and Tradewind Aviation fly from San Juan to Anguilla weekly.
NOTE: The San Juan-Anguilla leg is often a close connection. Generally, these airlines leave San Juan too early to connect on to Anguilla in the same day. An overnight in San Juan is often required.
The exception? Tradewind Aviation.
Flying Into Anguilla Aboard Tradewind Aviation
Tradewind's schedule times with the arrival of major airlines into San Juan. Not only are its times convenient, the luxury airline provides a host of other perks. For example, when you book with United, you can book all the way through to Anguilla on major booking engines like Expedia (use Anguilla's airport code = AXA).
Your ticket also includes access to Tradewind's private San Juan lounge...
Tradewind's Lounge in San Juan
... snacks and light in-flight fare all roundout the Tradewind experience. How to make the luxurious flight more affordable? Read below.
Tradewind Aviation flies between San Juan and Anguilla December 14th 2018 through April 22nd 2019.
Inside Tradewind's Pilatus PC-12
Photo courtesy of Tradewind
The ultimate in comfort, Tradewind's modern Pilatus PC-12 aircraft (flown by two pilots) is pressurized and completely air conditioned. The flights include complimentary drinks (including wine and beer) and snacks. The cherry on top? You even have access to their private lounge in San Juan!
Inside Tradewind's Pilatus PC-12
Photo courtesy of Tradewind
And... save 10% on your Tradewind flight when you use your Anguilla Card! Click here to get your Anguilla Card.
When you arrive at Anguilla's airport? Prepare to relax.
Anguilla's Clayton J. Lloyd airport is a different story to St. Maarten and San Juan. No 747s or other jumbos land here. Not even 737s (here's an entertaining story about how a 737 did manage to land in Anguilla and how a 747 almost did!)
Prop planes used to be the only means of air travel to Anguilla. Here's why...
The photo above is of the American Eagle at Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport, back in the day when American Eagle used to fly to Anguilla from San Juan.
That is still the entire airport. It's a picture-perfect, charming little Caribbean airport, the kind you see in movies. Friendly. Cozy. Even the customs agents are nice!
If you spend a while watching the comings and goings, you will notice that most flights to and from AXA are still prop planes. Exotic-sounding Caribbean airlines raise romantic images of Caribbean island hopping.
Back when American Eagle used to fly to Anguilla, that turboprop (seen in the photos above and below) was the biggest plane that could land or take off from the short runway...
That changed in 2005 when the airstrip was lengthened. To this day, though, the final leg of any flight to Anguilla is still from another Caribbean island. (More Anguilla airport and travel updates below).
Air travel directly to Anguilla is generally through Puerto Rico, or the other major Caribbean hub, Antigua, or via smaller Caribbean airlines from smaller, nearby islands such as Saba.
In 2018, it is Tradewind Aviation, Air Sunshine and Seaborne Airlines fly to Anguilla regularly, with Seaborne being the most affordable option from San Juan and Tradewind being the most convenient (made more affordable when use your Anguilla Card to book). Many North American tourists choose to access Anguilla via this route, the last flight of which is via San Juan (an 80 minute flight).
Today, Seaborne, Tradewind and independent companies rule Anguilla air travel.
Travellers coming from the UK often choose to fly through Antigua, and then fly Trans Anguilla from Antigua to Anguilla.
Savvier visitors (American and European) choose to fly into St. Maarten (SXM), and then either take a boat across, or fly directly into Anguilla's airport (8 minutes). Accessing via SXM is usually the most cost efficient and time efficient way to travel via air.
Anguilla Air Services Landing in SXM
Next Stop? Back to Anguilla!
If you live in the northeast U.S. or in Montreal or Toronto, seasonal charters to St. Martin are popular. You won't find any charters into Anguilla, but do check for flights in your area to SXM. Charter flights often run at deep discount air fares.
Yes, it can be a hassle to get to Anguilla. It's also the "barrier" that keeps Anguilla so special. No "package tour" jumbos or "mass market beaches." No cruise ships, casinos, or fast-food chains.
In short, Anguilla is still an authentic Caribbean island.
It's worth that little bit of extra bother when...
No matter how you do it, air travel to Anguilla is not a one-step process. Many Anguillians think they should have a major international airport and start flying in big jumbo jets.
But a major airport in Anguilla would spoil the island. Anguilla would lose all the little things that make it the special magical place that it is. We have always been more than happy to take that extra flight to Anguilla.
In fact, St. Maarten's major airport (SXM) serves Anguilla admirably well. It's as close to Anguilla as your own international airport is to your home. Read on... I'm about to show you how "Anguillaphiles" use SXM to save time and money, making Anguilla much closer and cheaper than you may realize.
1) The Best Way to Fly to Anguilla
Traveling to Anguilla? Don't fly into Anguilla directly (airport code AXA)! Here is the best way to fly to Anguilla...
2) How To Get To Anguilla, Fastest and Cheapest
Region-by-region detailed tips to get to Anguilla, including routes that can save your hundreds of dollars, several hours and even overnight stops.
3) Anguilla Airport Update
July 4 2010 marks a significant change in Anguilla airport history. The Anguilla airport has changed its official name. "Wallblake Airport" is no more. Today, Anguilla's airport is the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport.
4) Flights to Anguilla From St. Maarten: Climbing aboard Anguilla Air Services
Captain Carl Thomas and his airline, Anguilla Air Services, helped my Mom and Dad out of a tight spot. This flight from Anguilla to St. Maarten (and St. Maarten to Anguilla) has become their favorite way of air travel to Anguilla.
Anguilla Air Services depature times vary according to the season and day of the week. The earliest flight usually departs Anguilla at 10:30-11AM (morning flight) with second and third flights of the day at 12-1PM and around 2PM. Return flights from St. Maarten to Anguilla begin around 1PM with final flight around 3:30-4:40PM. Check their webpage for up-to-date information.
5) Anguilla Flights: Anguilla Air Services
Captain Carl Thomas ensures your safety and security aboard his well maintained aircrafts. He flies to many different islands in the Caribbean, but our favorite Anguilla flight? The aerial tour of Anguilla! It's a must-do on every Anguilla vacation.
6) Trans Anguilla Airways: Getting to St. Barths
The only British-certified airline on the island, Trans Anguilla Airways is as safe and professional as they come. They offer a variety of services, including a more affordable flight to St. Barths that runs a few days per week. Now, getting to the ever-cool St. Barths is easier than ever!
7) Tradewind Aviation
With regularly-scheduled flights direct from San Juan (SJU) to Anguilla (AXA), Tradewind brings you to Anguilla in style in their luxurious 8 seater planes, complete with beverages and light fare on board.
8) Seaborne Airlines
Another option to fly from San Juan to Anguilla, Seaborne is an affordable alternative. Visit their website for their most up to date schedule.
9) Use The Cheapest Flight-to-Anguilla Finder To find your best route to Anguilla, use the Cheapest Flight-to-Anguilla Finder! It compares flights from your starting airport to both Anguilla's airport and to St. Maarten's airport. From there? Book the cheapest, quickest route. Find convenient and cheap flights to Anguilla here. Happy flying!
Anguilla Ferry & Charters
After landing in Princess Juliana International Airport in SXM, take a cab to Marigot. Then catch the regularly scheduled, public Anguilla ferry. Or, book an Anguilla charter from St. Maarten's Dutch side, from the pier right near the airport.
1) Wallblake Anguilla Airport (AXA)
Before the big 2005 update, the Anguilla airport (Wallblake airport) was really just a teeny Caribbean airport. No 747s, or even 737s, allowed!
2) 2005 Anguilla Airport Update
Since I first wrote this page, the Anguilla airport (especially the runway) has received quite a makeover! Click here for the Anguilla Airport 2005 update, including new information about the fastest, cheapest and most relaxed way to get to Anguilla now. Anguilla airport's charming "teeniness" otherwise remains the same.
3) Cape Air Anguilla Flights From San Juan
Massachusetts airline, Cape Air, now offers two daily Anguilla flights to and from Puerto Rico.
4) Anguilla Airways, From San Juan Direct to the Anguilla Airport
Flying to Anguilla directly has always been a challenge. Montreal-JFK, JFK-San Juan, San Juan-Anguilla was always a long day. The trip became impossible once American Eagle started cutting their flights from San Juan to Anguilla. But now there is a new Anguilla airline that flies direct from San Juan three times a day. Sounds like a great options!
5) Corail Helicopters
The ultimate way to travel in style (and most efficiently) from St. Maarten's airport? Hop from Princess Juliana Airport to Anguilla's Clayton J. Lloyd International airport aboard Corail Helicopters! More on Corail Helicopters' airport transfers here.