How to Reach Samana by Airplane

Samana is home to its very own international airport

Photo credit: © Sergei Glazirin

A small international airport exists within the borders of Samana, offering tourists the opportunity to skip the three hour drive from Santo Domingo to this mountainous province along the northeast coast. While at one time this was the only option, when this airport, the Dominican Republic's newest, opened in 2008, tourists from around the world were immediately able to cut down on their travel time.

About Samaná El Catey International Airport

Samana El Catey International Airport (AZS) is located in the El Catey village, which is approximately 40 minutes from the center of Samana by car, so it could take slightly more or less time to reach your accommodations depending on exactly where it is located. The airport is equipped to handle Boeing 747 air crafts, and is even so well-prepared that four of them can park on the terminal at one time. The asphalt runway is 9,843 feet long. Despite all of this, the airport is not inundadted with international air travel. It is possible to get direct flights from New York City, Toronto, Montreal, Germany, and Spain, but tourists from other locations will have to plan a connecting flight. Most people will fly to the Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo, then fly with a domestic carrier to El Catey.

Flying to Samana from the US

Jet Blue Airways offers daily flights from the John F. Kennedy International Airport to Samana El Catey International Airport. Tourists flying from elsewhere in the United States can connect at JFK, or plan to fly to Santo Domingo and switch to a domestic airline.

Flying to Samana from Canada

Tourists visiting from Canada will actually do better flying to Samana El Catey International Airport than Las Américas International Airport. This is because there are no direct flights there, but through Air Transat you can fly direct from Montreal and Tortonto. Air Canada also offers seasonal flights.

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

Flying to Samana from Europe

Tourists planning a holiday from Germany and Spain can make their way to El Catey by flying with Orbest Airlines, Air Berlin, or Condor Airlines. All others will need to book a private charter or a connection through a larger airport.

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

Getting to Samana has been easier since the opening of Samana El Catey International Airport, but it does take some planning to ensure you can get a flight in. As long as you take the time to do the research, there shouldn't be a problem, but if you're planning a last minute trip, you may have to do a little extra work.

Check out the following chart to call a regional air charter service.

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Intercaribbean Airways at STI (809) 200-0252 Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao - 7.7 mi. (12.4 km) Southeast of Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic

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