The second busiest airport in the Dominican Republic is the closest one available to tourists flying to a getaway in Bani. Although flying here means that a bit of a drive is necessary to get to your accommodations, the modern facilities that the airport has to offer makes it easy to overlook the extra travel time.
Santo Domingo in Boca Chica. As previously mentioned, it is the second busiest airport on the island and welcomes over three million people to the island annually. Luckily, it has the facilities to handle this kind of air traffic, and even features the longest runway on the island, measuring 11,002 feet long. There are a few things to be prepared for when traveling to Las Americas, however. First, workers tend to over-pack the luggage carousel,which means you'll have to pay extra close attention to find your bags, and customs officials are known for their no-nonsense behavior.(SDQ) is located east of
After claiming your luggage, you'll exit baggage claim and be greeted by a local bank and a set of automatic teller machines where you can exchange your money for local currency, as well as a group of locals looking to sell you knock-off goods, or drive you to your accommodations. Be sure to keep your luggage close to you, because there have been reports of thieves walking off with bags that have been left unattended.
Flights to Santo Domingo from the United States are plentiful. Not every major airport in the country has flights to the island, but it is easy to make a connecting flight through Atlanta, Boston, New York City, Orlando, and several others.
This table indicates which airlines fly from the United States as well as the airports they fly from. Not all of the options you will find listed on line are logical choices so it helps to realize which airlines actually provide direct service to this location.
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines|
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||Jet Blue|
Currently, there are no commercial airlines with flights direct from Canada. Instead, Canadians will have to book a connection through the United States or a private charter.
is the major carrier to Santo Domingo from Europe, especially from Frankfurt, Germany.
If your vacation will take you to several other islands in the Caribbean, you'll find it quite easy to book a flight from the region to the Dominican Republic. Antigua, , Turks and Caicos, and Curacao all offer regular flights to Las Américas International Airport, as well as several other islands.
See the table below for airline service from regional airports. If you can't get a flight directly from your local airport, taking a connecting flight from another airport might be a very viable option.
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||LIAT|
|Isla Verde, Puerto Rico||SJU||Jet Blue, Seaborne Airlines|
|Martinique||FDF||Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, Air France|
|Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre||PTP||Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, Air France|
|Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands||PLS||Intercaribbean Airways|
|Punta Cana, Hispaniola||PUJ||Air France|
|Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten||SXM||InselAir|
|The Valley, Anguilla||AXA||Winair|
|the BVI, British Virgin Islands||EIS||Winair|
The fact that there are no direct flights to Bani, you can get pretty close by flying to the Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo. In the grand scheme of things, driving for an extra hour won't cut into too much of your vacation time.
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