Although there is an airport in Fajardo, it has not been in use since 2008. Fortunately, the next nearest airport to this town is just 45 minutes away in Isla Verde, right next to San Juan. This airport is a regional hub that welcomes dozens of international flights daily, making it easy for you to plan a flight to the island from nearly anywhere in the world.
With over eight million people served annually, the(SJU) is without a doubt the busiest airport in Puerto Rico. This airport originally opened in 1955 with just one 9,783 foot long asphalt runway, three terminals, and a control tower. Since that time, growth has been continual and today the airport has added not only an additional terminal and a second runway, but also a food court, conference rooms, and a collection of shops. Inside it is comfortable and clean despite the large number of people here at all times, and most people report a pleasurable experience flying into this location.
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is home to the headquarters of several airlines, including the popular. At least 50 flights with this airline alone touch down here, bringing in visitors from such locations as Orlando, Chicago, and New York. Booking a direct flight from these cities will always be the easiest option, but those who need to plan connections should find it easy to pull off.
If you're flying from the U.S. the following list may be helpful. Booking services may not show the best options so it can be handy to see which airlines offer direct flights to this location.
|Baltimore, MD, USA||BWI||AirTran|
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||AirTran, Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines|
|Jacksonville, FL, USA||JAX||Jet Blue|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||Air Berlin, American Airlines, British Airways, WestJet|
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||Jet Blue|
|Tampa, FL, USA||TPA||Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines|
|West Palm Beach, FL, USA||PBI||Jet Blue|
|Windsor Locks, CT, USA||BDL||Jet Blue|
If you're going to be flying across the Atlantic the following table is relevant.
|Madrid, Spain||MAD||American Airlines|
Check below for air service from other regional airports. If there aren't any flights from an airport near your home, a connecting flight from a regional airport might prove to be a viable solution.
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||LIAT, Seaborne Airlines|
|Basseterre, St. Kitts||SKB||Seaborne Airlines|
|Culebra, Isla de Culebra||CPX||Air Flamenco|
|Dominica||DOM||Air Sunshine, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines|
|Dominican Republic||SDQ||Jet Blue, Seaborne Airlines|
|La Romana, Hispaniola||LRM||Seaborne Airlines|
|Mayagüez, Puerto Rico||MAZ||American Airlines, Cape Air, United Airlines|
|Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis||NEV||Air Sunshine, American Airlines, Cape Air, Seaborne Airlines, United Airlines|
|Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre||PTP||Seaborne Airlines|
|Puerto Rico||RVR||Air Flamenco|
|Punta Cana, Hispaniola||PUJ||Seaborne Airlines|
|Santiago De Los Caballeros, The Dominican Republic||STI||Jet Blue, Seaborne Airlines|
|Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten||SXM||Air Sunshine, Jet Blue, Seaborne Airlines|
|Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda||VIJ||Air Sunshine, American Airlines, Seaborne Airlines|
|St. Croix, US Virgin Islands||STX||Jet Blue, United Airlines|
|St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands||STT||Air Sunshine, Cape Air, Jet Blue, United Airlines|
|St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||SVD||LIAT|
|The Valley, Anguilla||AXA||American Airlines, Cape Air, United Airlines|
|Vieques, Puerto Rico||VQS||Air Flamenco, Air Sunshine, American Airlines, Cape Air, Seaborne Airlines, United Airlines, Vieques Air Link|
|the BVI, British Virgin Islands||EIS||American Airlines, Cape Air, Seaborne Airlines, United Airlines, VI Airlink|
|Culebra, Isla de Culebra||CPX||Air Flamenco, Vieques Air Link|
|Isla Verde, Puerto Rico||SJU||Air Flamenco|
|Vieques, Puerto Rico||VQS||Air Flamenco, Vieques Air Link|
Once you've made it through customs and baggage claim, you'll be ready to head out and make your way to Fajardo. Unfortunately, there is no bus to this town from San Juan, but you can take a taxi for about $75(USD) one way. Another more popular option is to rent a car and drive yourself, even if you only rent the car for the drive then drop it off at a local branch. With taxes and fees this will likely cost you around $45(USD), and you'll be in control of the route and any stops you'd like to make along the way. To get to Fajardo you'll take PR-66 east to Interstate PR-3, both of which are toll roads, exiting at Calle Garrido Morales.
With an abundance of daily flights to Isla Verde available from around the world, planning to fly to this airport just makes good sense. From there, you'll decide whether to hire a taxi or drive yourself to Fajardo, and soon enough you'll find yourself on the beach with a cool drink in hand, relaxing in the sun.
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