Abel Santamaría Airport

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Abel Santamaría Airport

Aeropuerto Abel Santamaría
Airport typeMilitary/Public
ServesSanta Clara, Cuba
Elevation AMSL103 m / 338 ft
Coordinates22°29′32″N 079°56′37″W / 22.49222°N 79.94361°W / 22.49222; -79.94361Coordinates: 22°29′32″N 079°56′37″W / 22.49222°N 79.94361°W / 22.49222; -79.94361
MUSC is located in Cuba
Location in Cuba
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,017 9,898 Asphalt
Source: Aerodrome chart[1]

Abel Santamaría Airport[2][3] (Spanish: Aeropuerto "Abel Santamaría"[4]) (IATA: SNU, ICAO: MUSC) is an international airport serving Santa Clara, the capital city of the Villa Clara Province in Cuba. It was named after the Cuban revolutionary Abel Santamaría. The airport is the main entry point for tourists travelling to Cayo Santa María and the other keys on the northern coast of the province.

On 31 August 2016, JetBlue Flight 387 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida landed at the airport to commence regular commercial flights between Fort Lauderdale and Santa Clara, the first commercial flight from the United States to Cuba in 54 years following the thaw in Cuba–United States relations.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

In April 2020, Cuba stopped all scheduled flights. From 1 July 2020, Cuba permitted restricted tourism to some cays, including Cayo Santa Maria. No flights to Santa Clara Airport have yet been reported. In October 2020, it was announced that the airport was reopening for regular commercial flights.

Aeromar Charter: Cancún
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton (ON), Ottawa, Québec City
Bahamasair Nassau
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan–Malpensa
Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin[6]
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
OWG Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson[7]
WestJet Toronto–Pearson

Santa Clara Air Base[edit]

The airport is an inactive Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces air base:

Active Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces helicopter squadron air base, flying: – Mil Mi-17 (two seen flying around the airport in February 2013, and six on the ground including one being refueled) in the transport role and the Mi-24/35 in the troop support role.


  1. ^ Aerodrome chart Archived 23 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Issued 30 October 2007
  2. ^ Airport information for MUSC at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ "Santa Clara: Planning a Trip". Frommers.com. Wiley Publishing, Inc. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Aeropuertos de Cuba" [Airports of Cuba] (in Spanish). El Instituto de Aeronáutica Civil de Cuba (IACC). Archived from the original on 18 June 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
  5. ^ "U.S. resumes scheduled passenger flights to Cuba after more than 50 years". Reuters. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Itaka Travel Agency".
  7. ^ Liu, Jim. "OWG revises service launch to mid-Dec 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 26 October 2020.

External links[edit]

Media related to Abel Santamaría Airport at Wikimedia Commons