Puerto Rico is one of the most visited islands in the Caribbean via plane, perhaps because as a territory of the United States, U.S. residents can make the trip without needing a passport. Although there are multiple airports throughout Puerto Rico, the is the first one that international tourists will land at before beginning their tropical island getaway.
The main San Juan airport is the Isla Verde. The airport is publicly owned by the Puerto Rico Ports Authority, but privately managed by Aerostar Airport Holdings in a partnership that has been successful for over 40 years, making it the only private international airport in the country. (SJU), which is actually located three miles outside of the city in
The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport first opened on May 22,1955, when it became apparent that the current airport could not appropriately handle the new jet planes that were becoming popular. When it was built, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport only had one runway, a navigation tower, three terminals, and a parking lot with just 200 spaces. Today, after several renovations and expansions over the last half century, the airport now houses the original asphalt runway which measures 9,783 feet long as well as a concrete runway that is 8,016 feet long, four terminals, a food court, shopping center, conference rooms, and more. This airport serves as the main gateway for international travel, moves more than eight million passengers each year, and even serves as a hub for several major airlines including, , and .
As a major hub for international travel not only in, but in the whole of the Caribbean, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport sees a great deal of air traffic each day. alone accounts for 51 flights a day in and out of this airport.
For those who live in the states this table can be useful for planning purposes. Not all of the flights you will see displayed on line are good options so it helps to know which airlines provide direct service to this airport.
|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 will be flying from Europe the table below is the one you need.
|Madrid, Spain||MAD||American Airlines|
Check the following table for a complete list of air service from regional airports. If you can't take a flight from an airport near your home, making a connection through another airport in the Caribbean might be a very good solution.
|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|
|Culebra, Isla de Culebra||CPX||Vieques Air Link|
|Vieques, Puerto Rico||VQS||Vieques Air Link|
As you can see, flights are available from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean multiple times a day.
With a total area of 3,515 square miles of area, it makes sense that the most effective way to travel between many of Puerto Rico's most popular cities is by plane. This is especially true of islands Vieques and Culebra. , , and serve as the major domestic airlines that get people from San Juan to other locations in Puerto Rico, mainly in the form of daily flights to Ponce, Ponce, and Mayagüez in addition to Vieques and Culebra.
Air travel is an important way for Puerto Rico to connect to the rest of the world, and it is the most convenient method of travel for most. With one major international airport and several smaller domestic airports on the island, there is no limit to how many times you can take off from one corner of Puerto Rico and land in another.
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