V C Bird International Airport is a relatively small airport used mainly by those holidaying on the islands of Antigua and Barbuda. However, it was originally built by the US army and still retains something of a militaristic feel. The airport is on the island of Antigua just 8km (5 miles) from the capital, St John’s.
V C Bird International Airport was originally named Coolidge International Airport, as the original air force base went by that name. Sir Vere Cornwall Bird was Antigua and Barbuda’s first prime minister and the airport was named after him in 1985.
Flights to V C Bird International Airport can be booked easily on Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT), which uses the airport as a base. There are also many flights to Antigua from airports in the Caribbean as well as Canada, New York, Miami and even London.
V C Bird International remains a modest airport with a limited selection of amenities. While it’s an easy airport to get out of once you’ve arrived, check-in queues for departing passengers can sometimes seem endless, and the landside part of the terminal is not air-conditioned, so it is best to get to check-in early and then grab a drink somewhere while waiting for your flight.