Emergency Air Charters and Evacuation Flights
Our team at Air Charter Advisors hopes everyone in the Caribbean, those with relatives on the islands, and everyone involved in relief efforts stays safe and secure during the recovery process across the region following the 2017 Hurricane Season.
Hurricane’s Irma, Jose, and Maria have each caused catastrophic damage across many islands in the northeast Caribbean, including Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Dominica, St. Martin, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more, some of which we’re hit twice in less than 2 weeks.
Caribbean Airports | Operating Status*
While the situation across many of the islands is still fluid, there are hundreds of thousands of people without power, and the power grid on the islands are expected to take several months to fully restore. While recovery efforts begin, Air Charter Advisors will be available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to arrange evacuation flights as airports re-open.
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in San Juan is expected to open for private aviation on September 30th, 2017 while commercial, humanitarian, and other aviation services will begin on September 22nd.
Antigua & Barbuda
V.C Bird International Airport (ANU) is expected to resume normal operations on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 according to the Antigua and Barbuda Airports Authority. The island of Barbuda took the most severe hit of all Caribbean islands, with a majority of structures reduced to rubble, and mandatory evacuations off the island. Barbuda Codrington Airport (BBQ) is expected to take several weeks before re-opening for service.
Private Flights to/from Princess Juliana International (SXM) in St. Martin are suspended indefinitely while the airport serves only emergency and evacuation flights.
St. Thomas & St. Croix (USVI)
Cyril King Airport (STT) on the island of St. Thomas was scheduled to open on September 16th, but has been pushed back to at least September 23rd, 2017 as more structural repairs are completed. Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix is re-open and fully operational; all seaports on St. Croix are open and are fully operational as well.
Key West, FL
Although it’s not part of the Caribbean, Key West and other Florida Keys suffered severe damage from Hurricane Irma, and flights into both Florida Keys Marathon (MTH) and Key West International (EYW) are suspended indefinitely will repairs and recovery efforts are ongoing.
Terrance B. Lettsome Airport (EIS) re-opened on Sunday, September 17th, 2017, and many flights — mostly private air charters — have flown back and forth.
Clayton J. Lloyd International (AXA) is currently open to charters and emergency flights only.
Gustaf III Airport (SBH) is currently open, and serving commercial, charter, and humanitarian flights to/from the island.
* Please note that all airport re-openings and services are tentatively schedule, and subject to change. Check each airport’s official website for more details, or contact us directly for more information regarding private flight availability to/from these areas.
Evacuation Flights Available
Our emergency air charter services are available worldwide 24 hours a day, no matter where you’re at or flying to. As long as you’re safe, able to connect to us on via phone/internet, and have no issues providing documentation, we can assist you during natural (or man-made) disasters.
If you want to book a private flight to/from the island to pick up you, your family, or friends, we currently have access to thousands of planes ready to schedule your flight, and we may be able to utilize a plane already heading to/from the island as an empty leg.
Please keep in mind that availability at these airports will be extremely limited, and will be handled on a first-come, first-serve, first-booked basis.
Many arrival/departure slots will be reserved for commercial and humanitarian flights, so it’s imperative that you lock up your flight as soon as possible for better odds at receiving your preferred flight time. Also, it’s important to note that fuel airports across the Caribbean will be very limited.
We are currently booking flights for flights to/from the islands for evacuation, cargo, and humanitarian flights as airports begin to re-open for charter service.
Call us at 1-888-987-5387 and ask to speak directly with our President Adam Steiger, and go over the goals of your flight. If we’re not able to assist you, we’ll try to direct you to another company capable of accommodating your needs.