Barahona Air Travel

A local international airport doesn't always mean direct flights are available

Barahona is home to its very own international airport, which may lead tourists to believe they can book a direct flight to this destination and arrive at their accommodations within minutes. Unfortunately, unless you have the means to book a private charter from your hometown, this will not be the case due to the size and type of flights the local airport is able to accommodate.

About Maria Montez International Airport

The Maria Montez International Airport (BRX) is located just 10 minutes from the city center of Barahona by car. It was named for the departed movie star Maria Montez who was born in the province, bringing great notoriety to the area during the height of her fame. Despite being an international airport, the facilities are small, and the single asphalt runway measures 9,843 feet long.

Although this is an international airport, there are currently no commercial flights from outside of the country. Instead, Montez International sees mostly domestic air traffic as well as private charters from around the world.

About Aeuropuerto Internacional Las Américas

Most people visiting Barahona will originally fly to the Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo. It is the second busiest airport on the island and located about three hours away by car. This prompts many tourists to fly to Las Americas, then hop on a domestic flight to Maria Montez International Airport. Those who don't want to take on the added expense of another flight can either rent a car and drive west bound on the Sanchez Highway, or even take a bus from the heart of Santo Domingo to Barahona for about $1.50(USD) per person.

Flights from the United States

American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and other well known commercial airlines offer flights to Las Américas International Airport on the daily basis, with Miami and New York being the most popular departure points. You may be able to find an airport with a direct flight closer to your home town by check the listings below.

Las Américas International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines
Orlando, FL, USA MCO Jet Blue

Flights from Canada

At this time there, Canada's top international airlines do not offer direct flights to Santo Domingo. This means Canadians will have to either book a private charter or a connecting flight.

Flights from Europe

Popular European airlines such as Air France offer weekly flights at the very least. In some cases, direct flights are not possible, so tourists will have to connect at other airports in the United States or on another Caribbean island.

Flights from the Caribbean

Tourists traveling to the Dominican Republic from elsewhere in the Caribbean will usually travel aboard regional airlines, although if you fly from a large hub such as the airports on Puerto Rico or Sint Maarten, you'll be able to fly with an international carrier such as American Eagle.

Las Américas International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU LIAT
Barbados BGI Phoenix Airways
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
Willemstad, Curacao CUR InselAir
the BVI, British Virgin Islands EIS Winair

It can be somewhat of a letdown to discover that although Barahona is home to its own international airport, it is rare to actually fly directly to it. Still, its existence means that tourists can skip a three hour drive through the Dominican Republic country side and get started on their vacation much earlier than if the airport were not available for use at all.

The following chart enables you to get a hold of some of the regional air charter companies.

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Intercaribbean Airways at STI (809) 200-0252 Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao - 7.7 mi. (12.4 km) Southeast of Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic

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