Punta Cana International Airport

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Punta Cana International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Cana
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 / 18.56667°N 68.35194°W / 18.56667; -68.35194Coordinates: 18°34′00″N 068°21′07″W / 18.56667°N 68.35194°W / 18.56667; -68.35194
Website Punta Cana International Airport
MDPC is located in the Dominican Republic
Location of airport in Dominican Republic
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 10,171 3,100 Asphalt/Con 1
09/27 10,171 3,100 Asphalt/Con 2
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 5,163,426
Aircraft Operations 31,175 (2,012)
Source: Banco Central República Dominicana
1 Runway 08/26 All traffic.
2 Runway 09/27 Light traffic only.

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. Currently, there are more than 5.1 million annual passenger movements in almost 60,000 commercial aircraft operations.[1] The operators of the airport, Grupo Punta Cana, expanded the facility in November 2011 with a new runway and Air Traffic Control tower designed to support the robust growth of travel to the region.

Terminals and destinations[edit]

Aircraft parked at several gates adjacent to Terminal 1
Terminal 2 departure lounge.
Martinair B767-300ER at PUJ

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.

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo 1
Aerolíneas Argentinas Seasonal: Buenos Aires-Ezeiza 1
Aerolíneas Mas Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo-La Isabela D
Air Berlin Düsseldorf, Munich
Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel (ends 4 May 2014)[2]
Air Canada Montreal-Trudeau (ends 27 April 2014)[3]
Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa
Air Canada Rouge Montreal-Trudeau (begins 3 May 2014),[3] Toronto-Pearson 2
Air Europa Madrid 1
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1
Air Pullmantur Madrid 1
Air Transat Québec City, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Regina, Vancouver
AirTran Airways
operated by Southwest Airlines
Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago-Midway [4] 1
American Airlines Miami
Seasonal: New York-JFK
Apple Vacations
operated by Frontier Airlines
Seasonal: Detroit, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh [5] 1
Apple Vacations
operated by Frontier Airlines
Chicago-O'Hare, Chicago-Rockford, Cincinnati, Philadelphia [6]
Seasonal: Baltimore, Cleveland, Hartford/Springfield, Lansing, Pittsburgh, St. Louis
Arkefly Amsterdam
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse
Avianca Bogota 1
British Airways Antigua (ends 25 October 2014),[7] London-Gatwick 1
CanJet Halifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Québec City, St. John's, Toronto-Pearson, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Hamilton, Ottawa, Thunder Bay
Condor Frankfurt
Seasonal: Munich,[8] Vienna
Copa Airlines Panama City 1
Corsair International Paris-Orly 1
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pittsburgh
Dniproavia Seasonal charter: Kiev-Boryspil[9] 1
Edelweiss Air Zürich 1
Evelop Airlines Seasonal: Madrid (begins 13 May 2014) [10] 1
Frontier Airlines Seasonal: Denver 1
Gol Transportes Aéreos Caracas, São Paulo-Guarulhos 1
Insel Air Seasonal: Miami, San Juan 1
Jetairfly Brussels 1
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale (begins May 1, 2014),[11] New York-JFK, San Juan 1
LAN Airlines Miami, Santiago de Chile 1
LAN Argentina Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Miami 1
LAN Peru Lima 1
Orenair Charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Yekaterinburg 1
Orbest Seasonal charter: Lisbon, Madrid 1
Perla Airlines Porlamar 1
SATA International Charter: Lisbon 1
Servicios Aéreos Profesionales Antigua, Aruba, Bridgetown, Curaçao, Holguin, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port of Spain, St. Maarten, Santo Domingo-Las Américas, Varadero 3
Seaborne Airlines San Juan 1
Spirit Airlines Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale 1
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul[12] 1
Sunwing Airlines Bagotville, Gander, Halifax, London (ON), Moncton, Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Québec City, St John's, Saint John, Toronto-Pearson, Kitchener, Hamilton, Val-d'Or, Winnipeg 1
Thomas Cook Airlines London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK) 1
Thomson Airways Birmingham (UK), East Midlands,[13] London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Glasgow-International (resumes May 1, 2014), Newcastle upon Tyne
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo, St. Petersburg
operated by Arkefly
Seasonal: Hamburg 1
United Airlines Newark
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia
Seasonal: Boston
WestJet Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Ottawa, St. John's
Wind Rose Aviation Kiev-Boryspil[14] 1
XL Airways France Brussels, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Bordeaux,[15] Lyon, Nantes,[16] Toulouse[17]

Traffic and growth[edit]

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 4 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 airports in Latin America with direct 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

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest International Routes from PUJ
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Toronto (YYZ) 315,533 Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, Westjet
2 Paris (CDG) 312,129 Air France, XL Airways
3 Miami (MIA) 251,183 American, LAN
4 Panama City (PTY) 249,094 Copa, AeroRepublica
5 Montreal (YUL) 230,563 Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, Westjet
6 Charlotte (CLT) 198,770 US Airways
7 New York (JFK) 195,820 American, Delta, JetBlue
8 Moscow (DME) 180,018 Transaero
9 Atlanta (ATL) 168,785 AirTran, Delta
10 Newark (EWR) 156,594 United

Airport expansion[edit]

Punta Cana's Airport operators completed an ambitious airport expansion project in November 2011. The airport includes a new runway, a control tower equipped with the most modern radio and air traffic control equipment in the Caribbean. Additionally, there is a new Terminal Approach Radar Control (TRACON) facility and a new Automated Weather Observation Station (AWOS). This new facility also provides a back-up to the National Radar System located in Santo Domingo.

U.S. Preclearance[edit]

Plans were underway for a U.S. immigration and customs preclearance station to be opened at the airport by the end of summer 2009,[19] however, as of March 2013 the facility has not opened yet.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Punta Cana International Airport at Wikimedia Commons