With a long runway and about 850,000 passengers annually, VCBIA is hub for Leeward islands Air Transport LIAT and is host to international airlines and charters. Caribbean Aviation offers services to St. Kitts and other Caribbean islands, while LIAT subsidiaries maintain desks at the terminal's arrivals and run services within the Leeward Islands. Direct flights from North America are available via San Juan or St. Martin. The flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico, takes one hour.
The new PassengerTerminal at VC Bird International opened August 2015 with a total space of 23,000 sq.meters (more than twice the size of its old terminal right next to it, which will be used for administrative purposes). The new terminal offers free WiFi service and houses 15 self-check-in & 46 check-in counters, 14 departure gates, 4 jet bridges, 5 baggage carousels, a baggage sorting & scanning system, CCTV security system, food court, cafes, 30 Dufry & other retail outlets, and even a pet 'restroom'.
The new and fully accessible Terminal is expected to become a major hub for Dominica, along with Barbados, St Maarten.
Lounges in the new terminal include a VVIP lounge, a VIP lounge and an Airport Executive Lounge with outdoor balcony & great views.
While the old terminal handled an average of 860,000 passengers a year, passenger count in the coming years is expected to rise considerably and the new terminal will easily handle the increase.
Shops: A nice selection
Food & Drink: 'Big Banana (also frequented by locals) with Satellite TV and free WiFi - tel. (268) 480-6979 or visit www.bigbanana-antigua.com; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Bargain Center Cafe: tel. 268-481-5115; Clarkies 268-460-1747; Zodiac Bar 268-461-1198.
NOTE: In June 2016 some passengers complained about exhorbitant prices charged for food & drink, and that prices are not stated. As there are no water fountains available, the cost of a bottle of water can be $8!