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V C Bird International Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • The airport is named after Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, the first prime minister of Antigua
  • When it changed from being a WWII US Air Force base in 1949 it was named Coolidge International Airport
  • Over a million passengers use the airport every year
  • It has a number of European routes including a Virgin and BA route from Gatwick in the UK
  • The airport is a hub for the Antilles islands through the airline LIAT

V C Bird International Airport Mini Guide

Who travels to Antigua?
International travellers who want a slightly quieter break than they might get in the Bahamas or in Jamaica or Barbados yet still don’t want to have to make a connecting flight to get there often try Antigua. It’s slightly off the beaten track and is also home to some of the West Indies finest cricket teams with many famous international players hailing from there. It’s also a popular cruise ship destination.

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How Easy is it to get to Antigua?
That’s part of the joy of Antigua, it’s easy to get to yet still relatively unspoilt. The international airport V C Bird has flights from North America and Europe including scheduled services and holiday charters. BA and Virgin both fly direct from London’s Gatwick Airport and with car hire available at the airport, you’ll soon be sipping a pina colada in the comfort of a hammock under a palm tree.

What is V C Bird International Airport Like?
The airport gets a little squashed these days as the island gains popularity but an expansion program is nearing completion which is hoped to serve the needs of the airport and growing passenger numbers for the next thirty years.

V C Bird International Airport

It has a good range of facilities including a duty free shop whose main product seems to be Caribbean rum and coconut based products. There are a couple of gift shops and fashion outlets as well as a small travel essentials shop. You can eat at the airport’s café and snack bar which serves a range of hot and cold food washed down with coffee, beer or wine. You’ll find a currency exchange bureau there too and an ATM for ready cash.

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