When booking your flight to Dominica, your destination airport will be Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM). 1-767-445-7100 is the main airport line. To see what your approach to Dominica will look like click here. If you are traveling with a pet, arrangements need to be made well in advance before leaving/entering the US and Dominica. ***Once you arrive at the airport in Dominica you still will have a one hour drive to Ross University/Picard area. Bring Dramamine if you are prone to motion sickness. It is a winding, curvy road.
American Airlines can get you all the way to San Juan, Puerto Rico. As of April 2013, American Airlines is no longer flying from San Juan to Dominica but is partnering with Seaborne Airlines who will continue on to Dominica. An overnight stay in San Juan may be required depending on where you depart from. For convenience sake, many overnight at the San Juan Airport Hotel. You basically roll out of bed and you are standing at the Seaborne check in counter. It’s super convenient. I recommend signing up for the AA frequent flyer program-might as well accrue a free trip while traveling back and forth!
Liat . Some people like to transfer to Liat airlines once they hit Puerto Rico because of cost effectiveness. Keep in mind that Liat has its own luggage size/weight limit which may differ from the airline you are transferring from. Confirm any resevervation with Liat 72 hours before your flight, but also the day of the flight. Liat has a bad habit of changing flight times the morning of the flight. Know that delayed luggage is the norm for Liat. Don’t be shocked when it happens. Make sure that you have a change of clothes and some toiletries in your carry on. Liat will deliver your bags to Ross (RUH) when they arrive. The Liat counter at Melville Hall/Douglas-Charles Airport is 767-445-7242.
You can also take another US flight carrier to one of the other islands like Barbados or St. Maarten then take Liat to Dominica.
Other Airlines that travel to Dominica :
Anytime you exit Dominica by plane or boat, you will have to pay a departure tax of 59 EC per person (22 USD).
VISITING OTHER ISLANDS
Flying home to the US every break can get expensive. Some students take the opportunity to island hop instead. You can travel by air (Liat, Air Sunshine, BVI Airways) or by sea. There is a ferry that taxies from Roseau/Dominica to Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, Marie Galante, and Les Saints. It is cheaper to take the ferry but not the best choice if you are prone to motion sickness. The ferry is called the L’Express Des Isles. You can book the ferry through Whitchurch Travel Agency above the IGA Whitchurch grocery in Picard/Portsmouth. There is an additional ferry called the Caribbean Spirit that travels between Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Marie Galante etc.
There are several cruise lines that visit Dominica. They dock in the capital, Roseau, one hour away. For any parents out there that will not fly, this may be an option for their visit. There are also students that arrange their final departure from Dominica by cruise ship. This gives them time to relax before returning to the US and allows them to bring more luggage than would be allowed by air. This is not something that can be booked online. If you are interested in this you need to call the cruise line directly to see if they will accommodate this kind of request. Some of the larger companies that dock here are Princess, Oceania, Celebrity, and Norwegian. I know people that have successfully done this through Princess Cruise Lines.
Updated September 2015