How to Reach Puerto Rico by Airplane

Visitors to Puerto Rico find plenty of flights and top notch service

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Puerto Rico is unique in the Caribbean as one of the islands most visited by air travelers. San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marín (LMM) International Airport is a major interconnecting point to the Caribbean. There are many nonstop flights arriving daily from several airlines, and direct flights from large U.S. airports. This makes air travel the most popular way to reach Puerto Rico.

Flying to Puerto Rico from the US

Nonstop flights from the U.S. to Puerto Rico, including flights from New York (3 hrs. 15 min.) Chicago (4 1/2 hrs), Dallas (4 1/2 hrs) Los Angeles (7 1/2 hrs), Connecticut (3 hours), Washington, DC (3 1/2 hrs), and several Florida locations (ranging in time from 2 to 3 hours) are convenient considerations when planning vacations. Some airlines, such as American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Jet Blue, and US Airways, have several daily nonstop flights and some have weekly service.

Many direct flights typically connect in San Juan or St. Thomas before heading to their final Caribbean or South American destination. Be sure to remember that nonstop flights are just that, but direct flights often make a stop or two along the way.

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
Mercedita Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Orlando, FL, USA MCO Jet Blue
Rafael Hernandez Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Spirit Airlines
Orlando, FL, USA MCO Jet Blue

U.S. travelers who are unfamiliar with an airline's reputation can consult the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA ranks carriers based on safety, service, and performance. Contact the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave., SW; Washington D.C., 20591 or online at www.faa.gov.

Flying to Puerto Rico from Canada

Flying to Puerto Rico from Canada is not as easy as flying from the US. With really only one regulaly scheduled flight, Canadians are forced to make a transfer. However, being so close to the United States, it is very likely that even residents of the Canadian frontier are only one or two transfers away from Puerto Rico.

Flying to Puerto Rico from Europe

It is a long flight from Europe to Puerto Rico, and the flights are less frequent because of it. Still, you will have a few options, such as the two flying hubs of London and Frankfurt, as well as the Spanish Capitol of Madrid.

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

Flying to Puerto Rico from the Caribbean

Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín is the primary international airport in Puerto Rico, as well as the Caribbean hub for American Airlines and American Eagle. Most vacationers coming to Puerto Rico will fly into this airport. While car and ferries also provide transportation in and around the country, short flights can help to reduce travel time. Many Caribbean travelers use American Eagle by American Airlines via San Juan to travel to a number of destinations in the region.

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico SJU American Airlines, Cape Air, United Airlines
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
José Aponte de La Torre Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
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

Airport Security

Security measures at airports around the world subject travelers to security checks and baggage screening procedures. Some airports conduct random passenger inspections. It is suggested that travelers arrive at airports earlier than one might think.

The TSA recommends arriving at least 2 hours before your flight. You might also want to check the average security wait times to see how long the lines are at the time you’ll be arriving. Some high-traffic airports require passengers to arrive earlier than these suggested guidelines.

Some other advice can help you avoid long waiting times within the airport:

  • Confirm the departure time of your flight before leaving for the airport.
  • Remember that you will only be allowed to pass through security with a ticket for travel. An official confirmation page for an e-ticket will suffice. Make sure you have your boarding pass and passport readily accessible for security checkpoints. (Non-ticketed persons can only pass through if accompanying a child or an elderly or disabled person. Check with the airline for required documentation.)
  • Avoid wearing metal objects such as steel-toed boots, heavy jewelry, or bulky belt buckles, since these items could set off the checkpoint detectors. Remove metal items such as keys, loose change, cell phones and personal data assistants (PDA's) from pockets and place them into the containers provided. Coats, jackets, shoes and other personal items will also need to be removed and screened.
  • If you have any metal surgical implants, bring a signed note from your doctor to avoid further delays and screenings.

There can be alot to remember when flying into Puerto Rico. To help narrow the important facts, take a look at our local air travel guides that focus in specific areas of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Air Travel Guides
Aguadilla
Cayey
Culebra
Dorado
Fajardo
Isla Verde
Luquillo
Mayagüez
Palmas Del Mar
Ponce
Rincón
San Juan
Vieques
 

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