10 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 less populous islands. As a result, people looking to truly explore 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. Some even provide service to the United States, especially southern Florida. Additionally, you can charter flights through private airlines on the islands, but these aren't quite as easy to plan as scheduled flights on regional carriers.

Working with a tour operator is a good way to make sure your airfare is scheduled according to your travel needs for your Caribbean 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 expensive, so for the most affordable, budget travel, stick to islands that offer direct flights through the big airlines.

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Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT)

LIAT Twin Otter
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LIAT is one of the biggest regional airlines in the Caribbean, providing service to 15 destinations in the Caribbean. 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:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guyana
  • Martinique
  • Puerto Rico
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten
  • St. Thomas
  • St. Vincent
  • Trinidad and Tobago
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Caribbean Airlines

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:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten
  • St. Vincent
  • Trinidad and Tobago
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Cape Air

With services to 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:

  • British Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
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Windward Islands Airway International (Winair)

Owned by the government of St. Maarten in Saba and headquartered at the Princess Juliana International Airport in Simpson Bay, Winair provides flights to 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:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Curacao
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guadeloupe
  • Puerto Rico
  • Santo Domingo
  • St. Barths
  • St. Eustatius
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Maarten
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Air Sunshine

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

  • Bahamas
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cuba
  • Jamaica
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
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BahamasAir

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 inter-island destinations including:

  • Bahamas
  • Cuba
  • Haiti
  • Turks & Caicos
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Air Caraïbes

This French airline is the primary carrier for the islands of the French Caribbean and is headquartered in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe. With service throughout the Caribbean, Air Caraïbes is one of the most popular airlines for French tourists visiting the region, offering service to the following destinations:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Dominica
  • Reunion
  • Bahamas
  • Martinique
  • Dominican Republic
  • Saba
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Barths
  • St. Eustache
  • St. Maarten
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Cubana

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
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guadeloupe
  • Martinique
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FlyMontserrat

Launched in June 2009, FlyMontserrat provides scheduled service between Antigua and Barbuda 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. It services flights from:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Montserrat
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
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interCarribean

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

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Puerto Rico
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten
  • Turks & Caicos
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