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Arriving in Style on St Barths: Tradewind Aviation Gustaf Iii Airport  Saint Barthélemy

Arriving in Style on St Barths: Tradewind Aviation

My friend Gwen told me about Tradewind Aviation when she heard I was planning a trip to St Barths.

You can skip the security line craziness at the San Juan airport or St Thomas or Antiqua—at San Juan, Tradewind even operates a private lounge on the mezzanine level for passengers aboard their eight-seater jets.

There were just two of us aboard the Pilatus PC-12, besides the pilot and co-pilot. When it was ready to depart we were escorted out to the tarmac and our baggage was stored.

Upon arrival on St Barths we were ushered through the customs formalities, having entered French territory.

The famous short runway at Saint Barthélemy Airport is as fun as you’ve heard. For me the best part was the few minutes before when we had close views of the hills of the island’s western coast. I had been snapping pics of sea and sky and clouds, then suddenly there were green hills and white villas.