Traveling to San Juan by Airplane

Puerto Rico's major international airport is located in San Juan

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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 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is the first one that international tourists will land at before beginning their tropical island getaway.

About the Airport

The main San Juan airport is the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), which is actually located three miles outside of the city in 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.

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 Jet Blue, Air Sunshine, and Cape Air.

Traveling to San Juan

As a major hub for international travel not only in Puerto Rico, but in the whole of the Caribbean, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport sees a great deal of air traffic each day. Jet Blue alone accounts for 51 flights a day in and out of this airport.

This table tells you which airlines are flying from the United States and where they are flying from. Not all of the flight combinations you will see displayed on some of the booking engines are logical choices so it helps to realize 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'll be traveling across the Atlantic the table below will be useful.

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

Flying to San Juan from the Caribbean

Look below for a listing of scheduled air service from airports in the Caribbean region. If there aren't any flights directly from your local airport, taking a connecting flight from another airport in the Caribbean might be your best option.

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

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

Domestic Flights

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. Air Flamenco, Vieques Air Link, and Cape Air 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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