V. C. Bird International Airport Guide (ANU)

Airport info
Code: ANU
Burma Road, Coolidge, Osbourn, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

V. C. Bird International Airport is located 8km (5 miles) northeast of St John’s, on the island of Antigua.

No. of terminals: 1 Dialling code: +1 268
484 2300.
Timezone: GMT -04:00

V. C. Bird International Airport is the largest of Antigua and Barbuda’s three airports and is the only one located on Antigua island. Our guide to the airport includes important information on terminal facilities, public transport and nearby hotels.

Airport news

A completely new terminal building is currently under construction; it is expected to open mid-2014.


There is an information desk in the public area of the terminal building.

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Driving directions

V. C. Bird International Airport is situated in the north of the island, a 10-minute drive from St John's. From the centre of the city, it can be accessed via Antigua Sugar Factory Road or Old Parham Road, which connects to the northeast-bound Sir George Walter Highway towards the airport.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Bus:Some local buses operate along Sir George Walter Highway to and from St John's, but the stop is some distance from the terminal – this mode of transport is not recommended for passengers with heavy bags.

Taxi:Taxis (tel: 784 2653 and 562 0262) are available for hire on a government-regulated fixed-fare basis to local hotels and St John's (journey time: 10-15 minutes). The fare is around US$15.

Public transport air

Aeroplane:LIAT (tel: 480 5582; www.liatairline.com) operates flights between Antigua and islands all over the Caribbean. The ticket desk is located in Arrivals.

Terminal facilities


A bank and ATM is available at V. C. Bird International Airport 24 hours a day. There is a bureau de change in the terminal.


A post office is located in the terminal building. Public telephones are also available at certain points, and free Wi-Fi access is available in the departure lounge.


A restaurant, café and two bars provide a range of drinks, snacks and more substantial meals.


There are numerous shops at V. C. Bird International Airport, including duty-free. Products available range from music to local gifts, jewellery and souvenirs.


A porter service is available (tipping is expected) to assist with luggage.


Other facilities at V. C. Bird International Airport include a first aid service and travel agencies.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

There are no dedicated business or conference facilities at V. C. Bird International Airport, but numerous hotels and resorts on the island offer these services. A VIP lounge provides newspapers, magazines, TV and a refreshments service.

Disabled facilities

A lift, ramps and wheelchairs are provided at V. C. Bird International Airport. Individual airlines can assist disabled passengers on request; passengers requiring wheelchairs and assistance should inform their airline prior to travel.

Car parking

Long- and short-term parking is available in front of the terminal building.

Car rental

Car hire companies represented at V. C. Bird International Airport include: Avis, Dollar, Hertz, National and Thrifty, as well as several local operators.


There are no hotels at V. C. Bird International Airport. However, there is a wide choice of accommodation, including all-inclusive resorts and other luxury properties dotted all over the island, some of which will provide airport transfers.

Galley Bay Resort and Spa

462 0302.

Set amongst luscious gardens on the edge of a white sandy beach, Galley Bay Resort and Spa offers accommodation in cottages and beachfront rooms. Hotel facilities include three restaurants, a spa and various water sports activities.

Galley Bay Beach Road, St John's, Antigua and Barbuda

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa

1 888 726 3257.

Located in Dickenson Bay, 10km (6 miles) from the airport, the large Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa offers a mindboggling choice of 11 restaurants and a good selection of bars. Other facilities here include a wide choice of activities, an opulent spa and nightly entertainment.

Dickenson Bay PO Box 147, St John's, Antigua and Barbuda

Sugar Ridge

562 7700.

Pretty much the closest luxury accommodation option, Sugar Ridge is a large resort complex on the coast about 6km (4 miles) from the airport. Spa, pools and a range of activities are offered, along with a choice of restaurants.

PO Box 153, Jolly Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda

Wind Chimes Inn

728 2917

The best choice for those on a budget, the Wind Chimes Inn is less than five minutes from the airport, and is also close to restaurants and nightlife – and St. John’s is 10 minutes away by taxi. Room rates are less than US$100 for double occupancy.

Sir George Walter Highway, Carlisle, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda