How to Reach Santo Domingo by Airplane

There are two options for flying directly to Santo Domingo

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Without a doubt, the most popular way to get to the Dominican Republic is to fly, something that can easily be seen in the fact that there are eight international airports – two of which are located in the area directly surrounding Santo Domingo.

About Aeuropuerto Internacional Las Américas

Located just east of the city center of Santo Domingo is the Las Américas International Airport (SDQ). It has the largest runway on the island (and one of the largest in all of Caribbean), at 11,002 feet long. Welcoming over three million passengers each year, it is the second busiest airport for International travel in the Dominican Republic and known for being busy and not very accommodating, with brisk and stern customs officials, crowded facilities, and over-packed luggage carousels. As you exit baggage claim, you'll find Banco de Reservas, a local bank which will allow you to exchange your currency to Dominican pesos. There is also a bank of automatic teller machines (ATMs) just outside of security where you can withdraw money from your bank account in local currency.

About La Isabela International Airport

Located in the Santo Domingo suburb of Higüero, La Isabela Airport (JBQ) serves the city by welcoming domestic flights and small charters as well as a few international flights on occasion. If you're visiting another city in the Dominican Republic, you may find it to be less expensive to book your flight from this airport. Flights between the airport and La Isabela are particularly popular aboard three- to five-seater planes, although they are often canceled last minute due to inclement weather or insufficient passengers.

Flying to Santo Domingo from the US

Daily flights to Santo Domingo are available from the United States aboard multiple major airline carriers including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines.

When flying from the U.S. this list can be useful for planning purposes. Not all flights you will see on some websites make sense so it helps to know which airlines offer direct flights to this location.

Las Américas International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines
Orlando, FL, USA MCO Jet Blue

Flying to Santo Domingo from Canada

Currently, there are no major airlines offering flights from Canada. Tourists from this country will have to fly to the United States and make a connecting flight aboard one of the airlines listed above, or they can hire a private charter to get them to this historic town.

Flying to Santo Domingo from Europe

Tourists on holiday from Europe can visit Santo Domingo by flying with Condor Airlines, which is one of the most popular international air carriers from the region. Flights are not difficult to find throughout the year, but definitely increase during the winter months which is the height of tourist season in the Dominican Republic.

Flying to Santo Domingo from the Caribbean

There are several locations throughout the Caribbean which offer regular flights to Santo Domingo. Many of these flights are offered by regional carriers, as well as some international ones like LIAT.

Check the chart below for scheduled air service from other regional airports. If you can't take a flight directly from an airport near you, making a connection through another Caribbean airport may be a fine option.

Las Américas International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU LIAT
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico SJU Jet Blue, Seaborne Airlines
Martinique FDF Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, Air France
Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre PTP Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, Air France
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands PLS Intercaribbean Airways
Punta Cana, Hispaniola PUJ Air France
Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten SXM InselAir
The Valley, Anguilla AXA Winair
Willemstad, Curacao CUR InselAir
the BVI, British Virgin Islands EIS Winair

...tourists are warned to keep their guard up...

 

Leaving the Airport

In order to leave the airport, you'll have to make your way through a sea of hustlers waiting to hawk imitation goods off on you, or even go so far as to steal your luggage the second you set it down and turn away. Although it is rare that anyone experiences any bodily harm, tourists are warned to keep their guard up when they make their way through this airport. One way to handle this is to make sure everything you need at the airport is reserved in advance such as a car rental or an air transport service.

If you choose not to rent a car, you'll need to take a taxi to your next stop because the local taxi union has made it impossible for buses to operate at the airport. Fortunately, buses are available in abundance 24 hours a day. You'll spend between $25 and $30(USD) for up to four people to take a taxi into town, which could take up to 45 minutes in traffic despite the short distance.

Flying to the Dominican Republic is the fastest and most convenient option for tourists planning a getaway, especially in Santo Domingo where there are two airports to choose from. Likely, you'll land at Las Américas International Airport, but don't rule out La Isaela if you find a good deal.

The following chart enables you to reach a regional air charter service.

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location
Avianca (809) 549-6948 J I Maeon 7 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Intercaribbean Airways at STI (809) 200-0252 Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao - 7.7 mi. (12.4 km) Southeast of Santiago De Los Caballeros
 

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