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Most international travelers begin by flying to Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in Dutch St. Maarten which is served by numerous international carriers.
From the US, visitors can fly to St. Maarten on American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines or US Airways. From various European countries, the island is served by Air France, Air Caraibes, Corsairfly and KLM. Air Canada and Air Transat provide service from a number of Canadian cities. Copa Airlines flies from Panama. Flying time from Miami is approximately 2.5 hours, New York 3.5 hours, Caracas 1.5 hours, Montreal 5 hours, and Paris 8.5 hours.
Upon arrival in St. Maarten, if you have only carry-on bags or if you have arranged VIP assistance, you should be able to proceed directly to the "In Transit" gate to await your flight to St. Barthélemy (St. Barts, St. Barth). All other passengers may experience delays at customs, immigration and baggage claim. If you have checked bags, allow at least one hour between your arriving flight in St. Maarten and your departure for St. Barts.
From St. Maarten, it is only a 10-minute connecting flight to St. Barts via either WinAir (Code WM) or St. Barth Commuter (Code PV). Air Caraïbes offers flights from Guadeloupe (PTP). A number of charter companies (small plane and helicopter) also serve St. Barts from St. Martin/St. Maarten and other nearby Caribbean islands.
St. Barthélemy's airport (SBH) is near St. Jean Bay and accepts nothing larger than 20-seat planes. It is not equipped for night landings. The terminal has car rental booths, small boutiques and a bar. Across the road is La Savane Commercial Center with boutiques, a pharmacy and a supermarket.
For travelers wishing to avoid potential airport delays in St. Maarten, there are companies that offer a full range of VIP services including collecting your luggage, transferring it to your next flight and assisting with flight connections and check-ins.
Ferry boat service to St. Barts from ports in St. Martin/St. Maarten (40-60 minutes) and other nearby islands is offered by several companies. Seasoned sailors should have no problem, but those who are not experienced should be aware that sometimes the seas can be rough. It's suggested that those prone to sea sickness forego a visit to the bar before departure or on the ferry, and consider readily available medications.
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