Top Regional Airlines Serving the Caribbean

While there are many major airlines in the United States that offer services to and from destinations in the Caribbean Sea, many of these carriers miss smaller cities and attractions on the islands. As a result, people looking to truly explore the many tropical destinations in the Caribbean should book their air travel on regional airlines and carriers instead.

These regional airlines often provide service to island groups like the Bahamas, Caymans, or the Grenadines, but many also use major cities like San Juan, Puerto Rico, or Havana, Cuba, as a hub to provide international airfare to visitors of the region, and some even provide service to the United States, especially southern Florida. Additionally, you can often charter flights through private airlines on the islands, but these aren't quite as easy to plan as scheduled flights on regional carriers.

We recommend working with tour operators to make sure your airfare is scheduled according to your travel needs for your Caribbean...MORE trip, as inter-island flights are often more sporadically planned than typical big airline flight schedules. Travelers should also bear in mind that inter-island flights can be extremely costly, so for the most affordable, budget travel, stick to islands that offer direct flights through the big airlines.

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    LIAT Twin Otter
    Photo by JetPix via Wikipedia

    LIAT is one of the biggest regional airlines in the Caribbean, providing service to 17 destinations within the Caribbean islands. Since it first started operating in 1974, LIAT has served as the primary airline of Antigua, where it's headquartered. You can book airline service to the following destinations aboard LIAT Airlines:

    • Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo)
    • Puerto Rico (San Juan)
    • U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix)
    • The British Virgin Islands
    • St. Maarten
    • Anguilla
    • St. Kitts & Nevis
    • Antigua
    • Guadaloupe
    • Dominica
    • St. Lucia
    • Barbados
    • St. Vincent & the Grenadines (including Bequia)
    • Grenada
    • Trinidad & Tobago

     

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    Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines offers flights throughout the islands. This state-owned company is headquartered in Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Airlines also offers flights to North and Central America. You can reach these destinations in the Caribbean aboard a Caribbean Airlines flight:

    • Barbados
    • Antigua
    • Jamaica
    • Trinidad & Tobago
    • St. Lucia
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    With services to 35 cities in the United States and the Caribbean, including Boston, Nantucket, Provincetown, and Martha's Vineyard, Cape Air is headquartered in Barnstable, Massachusetts, and has a fleet size of over 90 carriers. Partnering with JetBlue Airways, Cape Air provides service to the following Caribbean destinations:

    • Puerto Rico (San Juan, Ponce, Mayaguez, Vieques)
    • U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix)
    • The British Virgin Islands
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    Owned by the government of St. Maarten in Suba and headquartered at the Princess Juliana International Airport in Simpson Bay, Winair provides flights to 11 destinations in the Caribbean at affordable rates. Founded in 1961, most flights on Winair Airlines primarily service the Leeward Islands group in the northeastern Caribbean ​Sea, including the following destinations:

    • Anguilla
    • Antigua
    • Montserrat
    • St. Kitts & Nevis
    • Saba
    • St. Barths
    • St. Eustatius
    • St. Maarten
    • The British Virgin Islands (Tortola)

     

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    This regional airline is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and provides service to and from many major cities in the Caribbean including San Juan, St. Maarten, and the British Virgin Islands. However, this airline primarily flies to cities and islands in the Bahamas. Destinations for Air Sunshine include:

    • Bahamas (Abaco's Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay, Stella Maris, San Salvador, Exumas's George Town, Great Inagua, New Bight)
    • Cuba (Guantanamo Bay)
    • Jamaica (Kingston)
    • Puerto Rico (San Juan, Vieques)
    • U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix)
    • The British Virgin Islands (Tortola, Virgin Gorda)
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    The national airline of the Bahamas, BahamasAir, provides service to all the major islands of the country including often-missed destinations like Abaco and Andros. Headquartered in Nassau, BahamasAir makes stops in 32 domestic destinations including:

    • Bahamas (Nassau, Grand Bahama, Abacos, Andros, Eleuthera, Cat Island, Great Exuma, San Salvador, Long Island, Crooked Island, Mayaguana, Acklins, Little Inagua, Great Inagua)
    • Turks & Caicos
    • Cuba
    • Jamaica (Kingston)
    • Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo)
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    This French airline is the primary carrier for the islands of the French Caribbean and is headquartered in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe. With service to 14 destinations, Air Caraïbes is one of the most popular airlines for French tourists visiting the region, offering service to the following destinations:

    • Guyana
    • Barbados
    • Canouan
    • Cuba
    • Fort de France
    • Haiti
    • St. Barts
    • St. Martin
    • St. Maarten
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Johns
    • Dominican Republic
    • Martinique
    • Guadaloupe
    • Les Saintes

     

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    The official national airline of Cuba, Cubana de Aviación—which is frequently referred to as Cubana Airlines—is the country's largest airline and has been in operation since 1929, making it one of the first major carriers to emerge from Latin America. While primarily serving cities within the country, Cubana Airlines travels to these destinations:

    • Cuba (Havana, Camaguey, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin)
    • Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo)
    • Guadaloupe
    • Martinique
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    Launched in June 2009, FlyMontserrat provides scheduled service between Antigua and Montserrat as well as charter service to and from Montserrat from a variety of regional destinations. Headquartered at John A. Osborne Airport in Gerald's, Montserrat on the British West Indies, this small company provides a great way to get around locally. We definitely recommend booking on a different airline if you hope to save money flying elsewhere, though.

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    interCarribean

    Formerly known as Air Turks and Caicos, interCarribean Airways is a passenger airline based in Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. With scheduled domestic and international flights to 16 destinations, this company is a great option for traveling in the area but also provides services to the following nearby destinations:

    • Turks & Caicos (Provo, South Caicos, North Caicos, Grand Turk, Salt Cay)
    • Jamaica (Kingston)
    • Haiti (Port au Prince, Cap Hatien)
    • Domincan Republic (Puerto Plata, Santiago)
    • Bahamas (Nassau)