St Barth Commuter is the only airline with a home base in St Barths and one of just a handful that have permission to land in the island, which needs special certification because of its short runway. The company operates five twin-engined aircraft equipped for STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) and they can carry up to four or seven passengers (nine on a day trip).
Please see Reservations below for booking procedures.
St Barth Commuter run several daily scheduled flights into St Barths from the nearby island of St Martin (both the French and Dutch sides). It is the most convenient transit point for getting to St Barths and is just ten minute’s flight away. If you are arriving in the Caribbean at another regional hub, say Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands (from the USA) or Antigua (often used by UK travellers), and need an onward transfer to St Barths, then they can offer the transfer by private charter.
The advantage of a private charter is that you can travel at your convenience, rather than being constrained by regional schedules (which in the Caribbean do quite often get delayed). St Barths Commuter will find out if there is a delay on your incoming international leg, and will arrange to be there for your arrival. Another advantage is that the pilot can meet you airside, or just the other side of Immigration (depending on the airport). You will be collected and escorted to collect your bags and then taken back out onto the apron rather than going through into the Arrivals Hall. And finally, most convenient of all, your charter simply leaves when you are ready, which in turn means that you are able to reach your destination more quickly.
Equally, if you are island hopping, perhaps on a two-centre holiday, then the company is able to transfer you from one island to the other. They are also happy to offer sight-seeing trips and day trips to other islands. St Barth Commuter offer private charters to almost all the islands in the Eastern Caribbean, flying to islands as far south as Barbados and Grenada and west to the Dominican Republic.
St Barth Commuter, which has been in operation since 1995, owns and operates its own fleet of aircraft. The company, which is headed up by Bruno Magras (also currently mayor of St Barths), has a staff of twenty. There are five pilots, who are of course all trained to land on St Barths’ small airstrip. They make the landing many times each day and so they are extremely experienced. If you would like to see what the landing is like you can download a video clip of it from their website (use the link at the top of this page). The pilots speak French, English and Italian between them. St Barth Commuter is a local French airline, but it is also authorized with the FAA to land in US airports. In the Caribbean these include the US Virgin Islands of St Thomas and St Croix and of course San Juan in Puerto Rico.
St Barths Commuter operates five twin-engined aircraft, all of which are equipped and licensed to land at difficult airstrips, such as the unusual approach and short runway in St Barths. Aircraft details are as follows:
Ideal for longer flights
Number in fleet : 2
Registration : F-OSBH and F-OSBC
Characteristics : Twin-engine, single pilot, retractable landing gear
Capacity : 4 passengers with baggage (300 LBS Maximum for luggage)
Maximum speed : 170 Knots (195 mph)
Dimensions : 31' length - 37' wingspan - 10.5' height
BRITTEN NORMAN ISLANDER - PILATUS
Designed for flying over water and landing on short runways
Type : BN2 Britten Norman Islander - Pilatus
Number in fleet : 3
Registrations : FOIJS (BN2 - B20) - FOHQY (BN2 - B20) - FOHQX (BN2 - A26) - FOIJU (BN2 - B20)
Characteristics : Twin-engine, single pilot, fixed landing gear
Capacity : 7 passengers with baggage or 9 passengers with carry-on bags only
Maximum speed : 130 Knots (150 mph)
Dimensions : 36' length - 49' wingspan - 14' height
St Barth Commuter is a local French airline (Air Operator Certificate No F-AG019 since April 18, 2005 which is authorizad by the FAA under the agreement FAA PART 129 Operations Specification OPS No UXOFO89F since January 21, 2005 to operate US Virgin Islands such as St Thomas and St Croix and San Juan Puerto Rico.
The St Barth Commuter maintenance agreement is: EASA PART 145 No FR-145-287 since November 26, 2004.
The airline operates the following scheduled flights:
Between St Barth (SBH) and St Martin (SFG) - Espérance Airport, Grand Case.
Monday - Saturday
Depart St Barth at 8am, 8.15am, 4pm, 5pm
Depart St Martin, Grand Case at 8.30am, 9.30am, 4.30pm, 5.30pm (or 5.15pm from Nov-Jan)
Depart St Barth at 4pm, 5pm
Depart St Martin, Grand Case at 4.30pm, 5.30pm (or 5.15pm from Nov-Jan)
Between St Barth (SBH) and Sint Maarten (SXM)- Princess Juliana International Airport at Simpson Bay
Depart St Barth at 12 midday
Depart St Maarten at 3.30pm (for in-transit passengers only)
FARES FOR SCHEDULED FLIGHTS SBH-SFG (taxes included):
Round-trip, adult* : 130 Euros
One-way, adult : 65 Euros
Round-trip, child ** : 90 Euros
One-way, child : 45 Euros
FARES FOR SCHEDULED FLIGHTS SBH-SXM (taxes included):
Round-trip, adult* : 140 Euros
One-way, adult : 70 Euros
Round-trip, child ** : 100 Euros
One-way, child : 50 Euros
No charge for children under two years of age if they travel on a parent's lap. * Adult : 12 years and older. ** Child : 2 - 11 years.
The authorized luggage weight for scheduled flights is limited to 20 kilos per passenger.
All prices and schedules subject to change without notice.
Private Air Charter Rates
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US Virgin Islands *
Puerto Rico *
Puerto Rico - San Juan International
Anguilla – C J Loyd
Antigua - VC Bird International
Barbados - Grantley Adams International
Barbuda - Codrington
Bequia - JF Mitchell International
Carriacou - Lauriston
Dominica - Canefield International
Dominica - Melville Hall
Grenada – Maurice Bishop
Guadaloupe – Baillif
Guadeloupe - Le Raizet
Guadeloupe - St Francois
Marie Galante – Grand Bourg
Les Saintes – Terre de Haut
Martinique – Fort de France
Nevis - Amory
St Maarten - Princess Juliana International
St Maarten – Grand Case
St Eustatius – FD Roosvelt
St Kitts – Bradshaw International
St Lucia – Castries (North)
St Lucia - Hewanorra International (South)
St Vincent - ET Joshua
Dominican Republic - La Romana
Dominican Republic - Las Americas Intl.
Dominican Republic - Puerto Plata
Dominican Republic - Punta Cana Intl.
British Virgin Islands
Tortola – Terrence B Letsome
All rates are quoted in Euros and are subject to change without notice.
* Passengers travelling between French Territories and the US Territories must carry a US VISA if they are not US Citizens.
Baggage allowance – this depends on the number of passengers i.e. if there are 7 passengers on the flight allowance is restricted to 40 kilograms per passenger maximum (for heavy/large bags please contact the airline).
ADDITIONAL CHARGES :
Meeting passengers from several different flights : 35 Euros for each extra flight
Second pilot (if available) : 85 Euros per flight
Reservations can now be made for St Barth Commuter ON-LINE through their website.
See here for SCHEDULED FLIGHTS between St Maarten (both Dutch and French sides) and St Barths.
Schedules and prices are shown above. If no flight is shown at the time you require you will need to book a private charter.
See here for PRIVATE CHARTER FLIGHTS(to or from pretty much any island in the Caribbean).
Please note that all charter flight routes prices are listed above.
St Barth Commuter ask that all bookings are made on-line (please do not send reservations by email). The airline will send a confirmation with procedures to be followed.
If you have a specific enquiry that is not related to flight schedules or reservations, please contact St Barth Commuter by using the CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER or the DIRECT ENQUIRIES facility at the top of this review.
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