While most destinations will require tourists to fly into the main international airport near San Juan, Ponce is home to another smaller airport with limited international flights. This means many travelers from the United States will be able to fly directly to their final destination rather than plan a flight path that takes them to several different cities, towns, and airports.
Located three miles east of Ponce, the (PSE) has been an international airport since 1990, and overseas the arrival and departure of more people through its gates than the general population of itself.
Mercida originally opened in the 1930s as a private airstrip, and has seen much work done to it over the years. The runway has been extended several times over the years, from its original length of 850 feet long to its current 6,904 feet which is capable of handling a typical jumbo jet. The terminal building has also seen its share of upgrades, and currently houses a large baggage claim, immigrations, customs, and vending areas, as well as a comfortable passenger waiting area.
Although many airlines have had scheduled services to the airport on a regular basis over the years,is currently the only international air carrier with daily flights to Mercedita Airport at this time. The daily services began in June of 2005, and continue to bring passengers to and from the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, New York as well as the Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Orlando, Florida. Both of these airports are major hubs for international airports in the United States, which means even tourists who don't live nearby can easily book a quick flight with Jet Blue to either airport and continue on to Ponce.
In some cases, it is easier, cheaper, or more convenient for tourists to book a flight from the airport nearest to their home town to the Isla Verde near San Juan then transfer by plane or car to Ponce, rather than fly directly to Ponce. You can also store luggage here for $6(USD) a day per bag if you need to do so before traveling to a destination you may be spending a shorter period of time in.(SJU) in
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is a regional hub, and you can get flights to the airport from most major cities in the United States with numerous airlines including, , , and . There are also flights available from Canada, Europe, and South America.
This table shows which airlines offer flights from the United States and the airports from which they are flying. The online booking services don't necessarily list the least costly options so it's useful to see which airlines actually fly direct to this location.
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||Jet Blue|
|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|
|Madrid, Spain||MAD||American Airlines|
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||LIAT|
|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|
After arriving, you can then fly with Cape Air to Ponce. There are five flights available each day, lasting about 25 minutes, and they cost $154(USD) round trip.
You can also drive the 90 minutes from Isla Verde to Ponce by renting a car. Car rentals cost between $40 and $70(USD) a day, making this the less expensive option, especially if you are traveling with several people. Drivers will take Las Americas Expressway south to Highway 52 and continue south to the coast, then west to Ponce.
Ponce is one of the easier cities on Puerto Rico to find flights to, but it will come down to a choice between flying direct or stopping in Isla Verde first. Take your schedule and budget into account and the best option for you will quickly become clear.
The following table indicates how to reach one of the regional air charter services.
|(787) 276-5669||Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde||Puerto Rico|
|(888) 879-8900||Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde||Puerto Rico|
|(787) 791-1240||Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde||Puerto Rico|
|(284) 495-1747||Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde||Puerto Rico|
|(284) 495-1747||Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|(888) 842-2055||Pier 6, Old San Juan - Viejo San Juan||Puerto Rico|
|(340) 642-3000||Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
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