VC Bird International Airport is located in the north of the island overlooking Dutchman Bay. The airport is around 4 miles from Runaway Beach to the west, and around 10 miles northeast of Jolly Harbour and Coco Beach where many of the most popular resorts on the island are located. The airport is well connected to most of the main destinations on Antigua, and due to the relatively small size of the island it is within about half an hour of most hotels and resort areas.
Antigua is a phenomenal tourist destination, and it is too easy to fall into the trap of sticking to the beach at your resort without taking the opportunity to explore everything that the island has to offer. If you rent a car on Antigua, not only can you save money over the standard price of transfers to your hotel, but you will also have the freedom to explore the island at your own pace during your stay so that you can see many of the 300 or so beautiful beaches on the coast, or head to the town of St Johns to see the Spanish Market. You will need to arrange a permit for driving in the country, and this is available for $20.
There are a number of car hire companies represented at Antigua VC Bird Airport. The desks are all located in the baggage reclaim hall so you pass them on your way through the arrivals process. At the airport itself you can choose from local companies like Jonas, Carters, Dions Car Rental, or Oakland. Major Internationalcar hire companies at Antigua Airport are Hertz, Thrifty, and Dollar.
From Runaway Beach, drive south along Fort Road, turn left onto Old Parham Road across the island, and follow the airport signs to the Terminal building. From Coco Beach or Jolly Harbour, join Valley Road and head north east across the island to the capital St Johns. From St Johns, you would join Old Parham Road to the airport. From Falmouth in the south of the island, you would need to drive along All Saints Road to St Johns before turning off onto Factory Road at Potters Village, which will take you right to the Terminal building.
For information about flights or assistance at the airport, you can use the dedicated website for Antigua Airport at antigua-barbuda.org/Agtsp01.htm. The telephone number for customer service is 268-462-3452.