Flying to Patillas

After reaching the San Juan international airport, Patilla is a quick charter flight or long drive away

Tourists visiting Patillas are fortunate that there is an airport available for their use, small it may be. This helps to cut their travel time significantly for those who are willing to spend a little extra in order to have more time to explore.

About the Airport

When you arrive in Puerto Rico, your first destination will be the "San Juan" Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), which is actually located in Isla Verde. The airport is publicly owned, but privately operated, which technically makes it one of the only private international airports in the region. It opened over half a century ago in May of 1955.

Over time, the airport has grown, both in terms of traffic and in size. These days, with its two runways and four terminals, the airport welcomes over 8 million passengers annually, and can handle any jumbo jet that comes its way. Other amenities at the airport include conference rooms, a shopping center, and a food court.

If you live in the U.S. this information may come in handy. Booking services don't always show the least costly options so it can be helpful to see at a glance which airlines actually offer direct service to this location.

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're going to fly from a location in Europe this table is relevant.

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

Flying to Patillas from the Caribbean

Check the following table for a listing of scheduled air service from airports in the region. Even if there aren't any flights directly from your local airport, connecting through another regional airport might be a very good solution.

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

As you can see, flights are available from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean multiple times a day.

Charters to Patillas Airport

A little over 2,000 planes arrive and depart from the Patillas Airport each year, the vast majority of which are air charters and cargo planes flying to and from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. The airport is a small one with asphalt runways that measures 2,000 feet long and is said to be fair condition.

Tourists may prefer to drive to Patillas rather than fly and save money, especially if they are traveling in a larger group. The cost of a rental car is $40 to $70(USD) a day, while a plane ticket can cost around $100(USD) per person. The trip takes about an hour and a half and takes you south of San Juan, utilizing PR 26, PR 22, PR 53, and PR 3.

Once you arrive in Patillas, you can follow signs to your accommodations, or follow explicit directions given to your by the front desk. Knowing what it takes to get to Patillas, you'll now have an easier, maybe even quicker time, making your travel arrangements.

If you're considering the option of an air charter, you can reserve one from the following regional agencies:

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Air America Main Office (787) 276-5669 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde Puerto Rico
Air Sunshine at SJU (888) 879-8900 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde Puerto Rico
Charter Flights Caribbean (787) 791-1240 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde Puerto Rico
Fly BVI Office at SJU (284) 495-1747 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde Puerto Rico
Fly BVI Pickup Service from STT (284) 495-1747 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Seaplanes in Paradise (888) 842-2055 Pier 6, Old San Juan - Viejo San Juan Puerto Rico
Shoreline Aviation at STT (340) 642-3000 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
 

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