Traveling to Nagua by Airplane

Flying to Nagua has never been easier

A small, dusty town known more a a commercial and transportation hub rather than a center of tourism, Nagua does welcome visitors to stay in town and enjoy a quiet getaway on the river.  The town's appeal is further enhanced by the fact that there is an international airport less than a half an hour away.

About Samaná El Catey International Airport

Located in the El Catey Village on the Samana peninsula, Samana El Catey International Airport (AZS) opened in 2008 with the hopes of bringing more tourism to the area by cutting out a three hour drive through the mountains from the next nearest airport.  The plan worked, and the popularity of this facility grows annually.  There is one 9,843 foot long asphalt runway which can handle Boeing 747 aircrafts with ease so nonstop international flights with major commercial airlines are certainly possible. 

Flying to Nagua from the US

Jet Blue is currently your best chance of getting a flight from the United States to Samana El Catey International Airport.  Regular flights depart from the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City, and most people from elsewhere in the United States will connect to the island by flying first to JFK.

Flying to Nagua from Canada

Air Canada and WestJet make surprisingly frequent trips to El Catey, allowing visitors from Toronto, Montreal, and Holofax to fly direct.  

The following list shows airlines that have direct service out of Canada.

Samana El Catey International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Halifax, Canada YHZ Air Canada
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada

Flying to Nagua from Europe

If you're traveling to Nagua from Europe, non-stop fights are rare.  It is more common to connect through the United States or another larger airport in the Caribbean than it is to make it to El Catey by remaining on the same plane through your entire journey.  If you're lucky, you may be able to fly with Condor Airlines or Orbest Airlines from Germany or Spain, but they are few and far between. 

If you're going to fly from across the Atlantic the table below will be useful.

Samana El Catey International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW Thomson Airways

Flying to Nagua from the Caribbean

Despite the airport's continued growth, it is not always easy to find a direct flight to Samana El Catey International Airport.  Instead, many people will fly to the Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo then fly aboard a much smaller domestic airline to make it the rest of the way to Nagua. 

Next Stop, Nagua

The trip to Nagua from the Samana El Catey International Airport isn't a long one at all.  The drive takes visitors west, then north on Route 5, then has them make their way west along the coast for about 20 minutes until they reach their final destination.  The drive is quick and scenic, and most people enjoy the ride. 

Although Nagua is not a major tourist destination, since the opening of El Catey, the possibility has been growing.  Ease of access certainly makes a difference, and a growing international airport being located just a short drive away can do only good. 


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