Flights to St. Martin/Sint Maarten are with AirFrance/KLM - the only major airline to fly from Europe to the Dutch Caribbean islands. AirFrance/KLM gives you a huge choice of departure points in the UK more than 15 airports. Flying from a local airport means no long trek to a central airport and far less hassle. It might also be possible to avoid airport parking fees if departing from an airport closer to home. The service on board Air France/KLM is excellent - meals and drinks are free of charge - luggage allowances are higher and seats are more spacious than the usual "holiday" charter flights.
Flights to St. Martin/Sint Maarten are via Paris (Charles de Gaulle) - the flight from the UK to Paris takes around one hour. There are several connecting flights each day from 15 UK airports. The check-in time in the UK is just one hour - and the transfer is quick and easy. The combination of a short check-in and a local UK airport will save you a lot of time and hassle starting your journey. It may seem counter-intuitive - but the route via Paris is usually quicker than if there were a "direct" flight to the Dutch Caribbean.
Flights are with KLM/Air France - the only European airline flying to the Dutch Caribbean.
Set off from an airport close to home - from one of 15 airports in the UK.
There is a one hour check-in from UK airports a major advantage for UK travellers.
No rush no fuss - always the best start to a holiday.
We always check the days around your preferred departure dates AND the various routes - to make absolutely sure we get the best price, schedule and route. Companies that lack that specialised knowledge - and automatic booking machines online - are unable to match that level of care and attention to your holiday. It is important to know which days of the week you can travel as we will always look for the best fare and schedule for you and give you the best options for you to decide. Return flights are direct to Europe and, due to the time difference are always overnight giving you the opportunity to get some sleep during the journey. The flight arrives mid morning in Paris and the connecting flight will have you back in the UK midday/early afternoon.
Some, ill informed, travel companies and price comparison websites recommend flying via the USA. That route often takes 10 hours longer and costs a lot more. Flights with AirFrance-KLM require one hour check-in, from an airport close to you! Flights via Paris are cheaper, quicker and easier. Get more information by clicking the various links on the banner at the top of the page - How We Work, Extra Information etc.
Any payment you make for a flight inclusive holiday is safeguarded by our ATOL bond issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL licence is an important guarantee for your peace of mind. We are also bound by European consumer protection laws - which protect consumers against misleading advertising and information.
Travel websites, comparison sites and accommodation suppliers, in the UK or the Caribbean, without an ATOL licence have no such guarantee and are not allowed to sell flights in the UK. A very good reason for buying form a UK based company with an ATOL licence.
Excerpt from CAA leaflet Peace of Mind for Travellers -
"Many holidaymakers now plan so-called "DIY holidays" -
These holidays are not protected in the way a holiday package bought
from a single holiday company would be under the ATOL Scheme."
It may seem tempting to "book direct" - but it is more hassle and more expensive with no guarantees.
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If your flight to the Caribbean leaves early morning, or you usually stay in a hotel close to an airport in this country, you might like to consider "breaking" the journey, by staying overnight in Amsterdam. You can fly from the UK in the evening, stay overnight, get a good night's sleep and continue the journey the following morning. We have a contract with the four-star Hotel Schiphol, with a free shuttle to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (10 minutes). The airport has a train station. It is a 20 minute journey to Amsterdam city centre. It may be possible for you to enjoy some time in Amsterdam.
There are no special visas (or vaccinations) required for the Dutch Caribbean for UK nationals. On arrival on St. Martin/Sint Maarten you will be met by our transfer company or, if you have arranged to collect a hire vehicle, the hire company representative. If you are hiring we will give you directions, and there is a map in the vehicle. All the accommodation is within 30 minutes of the airport. We estimate, on average, around two hours from landing until you are in your room, on the beach or in the ocean.