Flying to Isla Verde

The island's international airport is found within Isla Verde

Photo credit: © J Ortiz Rosario
 

Despite common references to San Juan, it is Isla Verde that houses the largest airport in Puerto Rico, and one of the busiest in the entire Caribbean. Most visitors flying to the island will pass through Isla Verde, and some will spend their entire vacation here. Whether this area is your final destination, or just one stop of many, this transportation hub makes all travel easy.

About the Airport

Officially located in Isla Verde, the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) is often referred to as the San Juan Airport. It opened in May of 1955 with one asphalt runway measuring 9,783 long. Over time, the airport expanded and now has an additional concrete runway measuring 8,016 feet long, four terminals, a food court, a shopping center, and several conference rooms.

The airport is an important one in Puerto Rico, and most tourists will land here first before continuing on to their final destination. Additionally, as a hub for air traffic in the Caribbean, many tourists will take jumbo commercial jets to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport before transferring to smaller airports on other islands. Over eight million people travel through Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport each year.

Traveling to San Juan

Flights are available on many major airlines and from most large cities in the United States, plus Canada, South America, and Europe.

This chart lets you know which airlines offer scheduled flights from the U.S. as well as which airports they fly from. The online booking services may not recognize the best options so it can be useful to know which airlines fly directly to this airport.

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
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'll be flying across the Atlantic the following list is the one you need.

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Madrid, Spain MAD American Airlines

Flying to Isla Verde from the Caribbean

See the table below for scheduled air service from other Caribbean airports. If there aren't any flights from an airport near your home, connecting through another airport in the Caribbean might prove to be a very viable option.

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
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
Martinique FDF 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
Isla Grande Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Culebra, Isla de Culebra CPX Vieques Air Link
Vieques, Puerto Rico VQS Vieques Air Link

Next Stop Isla Verde

After arriving at the airport you can rent a car from there and drive the 15 minutes to your accommodations. A rental car from the airport will cost between $40 and $60(USD) a day, and the price continues to go down the longer you reserve the vehicle for. To get to Isla Verde, take PR 26 west, and exit when you see the signs for Isla Verde. You can also hire a cab for about $20(USD).

Planning your trip to Isla Verde is pretty simple when you break it down to what it is: one major international flight then a quick drive to the west. Knowing this, you can begin booking your final travel arrangements with confidence and ease.

 

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