Punta Cana International Airport

Punta Cana International Airport
Punta Cana International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Cana
PUJ is located in Dominican Republic
Location of airport in Dominican Republic
Airport type Public/Private
Owner Grupo PuntaCana
Operator Punta Cana Resort and Club/Grupo PuntaCana
Serves Punta Cana, Higuey
Location Punta Cana in La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic
Elevation AMSL 40 ft / 12.2 m
Coordinates 18°34′00″N 068°21′07″W / 18.5666667°N 68.35194°W / 18.5666667; -68.35194Coordinates: 18°34′00″N 068°21′07″W / 18.5666667°N 68.35194°W / 18.5666667; -68.35194
Website Punta Cana International Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 10,171 3,100 Asphalt/Concrete
To be converted to 10/28; Prior to repair.
08/26 10,200 3,110 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (Jan-Setp 2011 )
Passengers 3,468,025
Source: Banco Central República Dominicana

Punta Cana International Airport (IATA: PUJICAO: MDPC) is a privately owned commercial airport in Punta Cana, eastern Dominican Republic. The airport is built in a traditional Dominican style with open-air terminals with their roofs covered in palm fronds. Grupo PuntaCana built the Punta Cana International Airport in 1984. A number of scheduled and charter airlines fly to Punta Cana. In 2009, 3,811,946 passengers passed through Punta Cana, making it the busiest airport in the country.[1] The operators of the airport, Grupo Punta Cana, are planning to expand the airport, by adding a new Control Tower, a new terminal with more gates, as well as another runway.


Terminals, airlines and destinations

The airport has three terminals: Terminal 1 is used for international flights, whilst Terminal 3 is used for domestic flights and private jets. In February 2009, the new Terminal 2 was opened. Punta Cana International Airport currently serves as a destination for 53 different airlines.

Aircraft parked at several gates adjacent to Terminal 1
Terminal 2 departure lounge.
Martinair B767-300ER at PUJ
Czech Airlines Airbus A310-300 at PUJ
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo 1
Aerolíneas Mas Santo Domingo-La Isabela 3
AeroSur Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru
Air Berlin Düsseldorf, Munich
Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel
Air Canada Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Ottawa
Air Century Puerto Plata, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo-La Isabela 3
Air Europa Madrid 1
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1
Air Pullmantur Madrid 1
Air Transat Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Quebec City, Regina, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver 2
AirTran Airways Atlanta 1
American Airlines Miami, New York-JFK 1
American Eagle San Juan 1
Apple Vacations operated by Frontier Airlines Philadelphia[2], Baltimore, Cleveland, Rockford 1
Arkefly Amsterdam 1
Avianca Bogota 1
British Airways London-Gatwick1
CanJet Halifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Quebec City, St John's, Toronto-Pearson, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Hamilton
Condor Frankfurt, Vienna 1
Continental Airlines Newark 1
Copa Airlines Panama City 1
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK
Edelweiss Air Zürich 1
Frontier Airlines Seasonal: Baltimore 1
Gol Transportes Aéreos operated by Varig Caracas, São Paulo-Guarulhos 1
Insel Air Seasonal: Miami, San Juan 1
Jetairfly Brussels 1
JetBlue Airways Boston, New York-JFK 1
KLM Amsterdam 1
LAN Airlines Miami, Santiago de Chile 1
LAN Argentina Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Miami 1
LAN Peru Lima 1
Miami Air Boston, Miami, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Atlantic City, Cincinatti/Northern Kentucky, Houston-Intercontinental, Norfolk, San Juan
Orenair Seasonal: Yekaterinburg, Moscow-Sheremetyovo, Novosibirsk 1
Orbest Airlines Madrid 1
PAWA Dominicana Aguadilla
Seasonal: San Juan
Sata Internacional Seasonal: Lisbon 1
Servicios Aéreos Profesionales Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, Holguin, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port of Spain, St. Maarten, Santo Domingo, Varadero 3
Spirit Airlines Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale 1
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth, Lansing [begins 23 December], Minneapolis/St. Paul[3] 1
Sunwing Airlines Bagotville, Gander, Halifax, London (ON), Moncton, Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Quebec City, St. John's, Saint John, Toronto-Pearson, Kitchener, Hamilton, Val-d'Or, Winnipeg 1
Thomas Cook Airlines London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK) 1
Thomas Cook Canada operated by Jazz Air Seasonal: Calgary [begins December 19], Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver [begins December 18] 1
Thomson Airways Birmingham (UK), East Midlands,[4] London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Glasgow-International, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo, St. Petersburg
United Airlines Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles 1
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia
Seasonal: Boston
USA3000 Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Cleveland [ends December 5], Pittsburgh [ends December 5], St. Louis [ends January 19] 1
USA Jet Airlines Seasonal: San Juan 1
VolAir Santiago de los Caballeros 3
WestJet Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Ottawa
White Airways Lisbon 1
XL Airways France Brussels, Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1
  • ^1 Although British Airways's flight to London-Gatwick stops at Antigua, British Airways has no rights to transport passengers between Punta Cana and Antigua.

Traffic and growth

Punta Cana's airport is the leading point of entry in number of arriving passengers in the Dominican Republic. It is also the fastest growing airport with almost a 20% increase in traffic yearly, which indicates that in less than 5 years the aircraft movements will double. At the moment the airport counts on two international terminals, one VIP, domestics and an FBO, a main incline with 12 positions.

Cancun International Airport, Havana International Airport and Punta Cana International Airport are the only Caribbean airports with connecting flights to Russia.

In the Caribbean, Punta Cana International Airport is the third busiest airport, surpassed only by Cancun International Airport, in Cancun, Mexico and by Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which are the first and the second busiest airports in the region, respectively.

LAN B767-300ER pulling in

Airport expansion

The Punta Cana's Airport operators have planned an ambitious airport expansion project. The project consists of a new larger runway, expansion of the existing taxiway, construction of a new taxiway, a new control tower, the installation of the ILS, new frequencies of radio and the expansion of the Terminals 1 and 2. It also includes the construction of a New Terminal 3, that will be located between the two runways. As Of Right now the expansion of the old taxi ways is complete, as well as the construction of the new taxiways and new runway 08/26. The New control tower is complete and workers have already began to clear the trees out between the two runways in order to make room for the new terminal, scheduled to be complete in September 2013.

U.S. Preclearance

Plans were underway for a U.S. immigration and customs preclearance station to be opened at the airport by the end of summer 2009, however, as of June 2011 the facility has not opened yet.[5]

See also

  • List of the busiest airports in Dominican Republic


External links

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