Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

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Luis Muñoz Marín
International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional
Luis Muñoz Marín
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport logo.png
Puerto Rico — San Juan — Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (outside, pick-up-drop-off area).jpg
IATA: SJUICAO: TJSJFAA LID: SJU
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Puerto Rico Ports Authority
Operator Aerostar Airport Holdings
Serves San Juan, Puerto Rico
Location Carolina, Puerto Rico
Hub for

Passenger

Cargo

Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 9 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 18°26′21″N 066°00′07″W / 18.43917°N 66.00194°W / 18.43917; -66.00194Coordinates: 18°26′21″N 066°00′07″W / 18.43917°N 66.00194°W / 18.43917; -66.00194
Website www.aeropuertosju.com
Map
TJSJ is located in Puerto Rico
TJSJ
TJSJ
Location in Puerto Rico
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 10,400 3,170 Asphalt
10/28 8,016 2,443 Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 156,679
Passenger movement 8,448,172
Based aircraft 88
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
Operations from the FAA[2]
passengers from the Puerto Rico Ports Authority

The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (IATA: SJUICAO: TJSJFAA LID: SJU) (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín, unofficially known as Isla Verde International Airport/Aeropuerto Internacional de Isla Verde) is a joint civil-military international airport named for Puerto Rico's first democratically elected governor and located in Carolina, Puerto Rico, three miles (five kilometres) southeast of San Juan. It is the busiest airport in the Caribbean region by passenger traffic. Over 4 million passengers board a plane at the airport per year according to the Federal Aviation Administration.[3]

The airport is owned by the Puerto Rico Ports Authority and managed by Aerostar Airport Holdings, a public-private partnership which was awarded a lease by the government of Puerto Rico to operate and manage the airport for 40 years beginning in 2013.[4] SJU is the second international airport to be privatized in the United States and its territories, and, as of 2013, is the only currently privatized airport in the nation.[5] Taxis and rental cars can transport travelers to and from the airport. The airport serves as a gateway to the Caribbean islands.

History[edit]

In 1945, aware of the importance of aviation for the development of the economy of Puerto Rico, the island government had pointed out the need to build an international airport capable of handling the growing air traffic of San Juan International Airport, in Isla Grande, that had been operating since 1929; as well as responding to the needs of the future. Until then Isla Grande had been the main airport of Puerto Rico. As airlines began switching from propeller aircraft to jets, the 4,000-foot Isla Grande airstrip did not have the necessary distance for modern aircraft to land and take off. (The Isla Grande Airport, now named in honor of Maj. Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci, Pilot of the US Air Force F-111, who was killed-in-action in Libya in 1986, currently has a runway of 5,542 feet in length.)

On the other hand, the government had also decided that it should direct the air operations, relying these powers in the Puerto Rico Transportation Authority, created in 1942, which later became the Ports Authority. The Committee of Airports of the Planning Board began to study the feasibility of the new airport, submitting in 1944 its plans and studies to the Federal Civil Aeronautics Administration, to determine the most appropriate place.

In 1945, it was determined that the place would be Isla Verde (Carolina), to make the airport a metropolitan facility. Construction was approved by the Puerto Rico Planning Board in 1946, and the project began in 1947. During that same year, the Port Authority of Puerto Rico assumed title to and ownership of the Isla Grande Airport and other regional airports, which had been military installations during World War II.

The design of the new airport was carried out by the firm of Toro-Ferrer, founded by the architects Miguel Ferrer (1914-2004), and architect Osvaldo Toro (1914-1995), which were also known for their designs of the Caribe Hilton Hotel and the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico.

During 1949, the first phase of construction of the Isla Verde Airport was completed: cleaning, filling, leveling and drainage of soils. The second phase also began: paving the runway, taxiways and platforms.

The certified airlines operating in Puerto Rico in 1950 were Pan American World Airways, Eastern Airlines, Riddle Aviation Co., Caribbean Atlantic Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Dominican Airlines and Flying Tigers Airline. The latter contracted the movement of migrant workers to the United States, with the Insular Department of Labor, transferring some 5,706 workers to different points of that nation, at a cost of $55 per passage.

On May 22, 1955, the Puerto Rico International Airport was inaugurated, built on a 1,718.72 acre land lot. The facilities, estimated at a cost of $22 million, had a six-story passenger terminal, control tower, 7,800-foot long runway (8-26), cargo building, fire and police stations, and a hotel.

Hundreds of people, enthusiastic about the new aerial installation, witnessed the inaugural events presided over by Luis Muñoz Marín. In a part of his eloquent speech, the Governor said: "Impressive is this work in its structure and in its many facilities, but not as impressive as the fact that this center of communications symbolizes the great technical processes that are transforming civilization.

The first year of operations of the new airport produced an upward movement of passengers to 694,199 and a total of 28 million pounds of cargo was handled.

Evolution of the Airport[edit]

By 1959, major airlines had introduced jets, which significantly reduced flight time and increased cruise safety. At the start of operations the airport had only one runway (8/26), the old control tower on top of the Hotel, 3 terminals and a parking lot for 200 cars.

During the beginning of the 60s, several expansion and improvement projects began, starting with the runway extending from 7,800 to 10,000 feet in length. Construction of the second runway (10-28) on the south side began in May 1967. The project was completed in 1974 at an approximate cost of $4.2 million. With the introduction of the 747 aircraft, runway 8-26 was reinforced and widened in 1974, and ten years later it was repaved.

On January 17, 1983, the two-leveled vehicular access system was built at a cost of approximately $9.2 million. This access separates the arrivals and departures of passengers at different levels, to eliminate traffic congestion.

On February 18, 1985, the Governor of Puerto Rico, Rafael Hernández Colón, converted to law the project to Senate Number 1, officially designating the international airport under the name of Luis Muñoz Marín, in honor of the first governor of Puerto Rico elected by the people.

The airport served as a hub for Pan Am, Trans Caribbean Airways, Eastern Airlines, and for a short period a focus city for TWA. It was also the center for Puerto Rico's international airline, Prinair, from 1966 to 1984, when Prinair went bankrupt. In 1986, American Airlines together with American Eagle established a center in Puerto Rico to compete with Eastern Air Lines.

With the expansion of Eastern Airlines and American Airlines facilities, turning Puerto Rico into their Caribbean hub, the historic figure of eight million passengers at the end of 1988. That same year, an investment in expansion and remodeling of $137 million was announced.

The 1990s marked the beginning of important projects to modernize and expand the facilities and services of the airport in response to the boom in passenger and cargo movement and growth projections.

In the period from 1990 to 2000, several infrastructure works were carried out with an investment of approximately $128 million. Some of these include the expansion of the two-level access road to a maximum of 10 lanes on both levels, the new air traffic control tower, a parallel taxiway connecting lanes 8 and 10, a parking garage, and the first and second phase of the Terminal B expansion, modification and rehabilitation project.

In subsequent years, from 2000 to 2005, other major projects were initiated and completed such as the third phase of the rehabilitation, modification and expansion of Terminal B and the new B / C connector at a cost of $35.9 million, the construction of a new building for the Air Rescue unit at a cost of $4.1 million, and remodeling the hotel at a cost of $5 million.

In 2008 the airport has been receiving major upgrades, including a new terminal (Terminal A), pavement and expansions, new light systems, press conference rooms, and new fast food restaurants along its corridors. In 2012, the new Terminal A was opened, which is currently occupied by JetBlue Airways.[6]

The Airport is owned by the Ports Authority but since 2013 it is managed by Aerostar Airport Holdings, in a private public initiative through which a contract was granted to that company to operate the airport for 40 years.

Operations[edit]

SJU's Control Tower
Teodoro Moscoso Bridge connecting the city of San Juan to the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in Carolina

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is Puerto Rico's main international gateway and its main connection to the United States. Domestic flights fly between Carolina and other local destinations, including Culebra, Mayagüez and Vieques. The airport is accessed from the San Juan district of Hato Rey, the island's financial district, via the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge. Old San Juan is accessed via the Baldorioty de Castro Expressway (PR-26). The airport serves as the Caribbean hub for Cape Air, Air Sunshine, and Seaborne Airlines, as well as a focus city for JetBlue Airways.[7] JetBlue is the largest carrier in San Juan, with 51 daily flights on an average day.

Terminals[edit]

Luis Muñoz Marín Airport has one main terminal building with four concourses and a separate terminal with one concourse. Terminal B reopened after a $130 million renovation in December 2014, with Delta, United, Southwest, and Spirit as its tenants (with all operations moved in by February 2015).[8] Terminal C reopened from its $55 million renovation on March 2016.[9] The letter designation for Terminal C was discontinued, and the concourse was instead added as an extension to Terminal B.[10] The Terminal B extension was later changed back to Terminal C.[11] The Terminal C now services Volaris, Copa, Avianca, Condor, Norwegian, LIAT, Air Antilles Express, Inter Caribbean and American Airlines. Both terminals feature high-end retail stores and new restaurants, improved seating as well as automated baggage scanners currently used only by six other airports in the mainland U.S.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Antilles Express Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre
Seasonal: St. Maarten
D
Air Canada Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau (resumes December 17, 2016), Toronto–Pearson B
Air Century Santo Domingo–La Isabela (begins December 5, 2016)[12] TBD
Air Europa Madrid B
Air Flamenco Culebra, Vieques A
Air Sunshine Anguilla, Dominica-Douglas-Charles, Nevis, St. Maarten, Saint Thomas, Tortola, Vieques, Virgin Gorda A
Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford (begins December 14, 2016)[13]
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh (both begin December 17, 2016)[14]
B
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York–JFK, Philadelphia B
Avianca Bogotá B
Cape Air Culebra, Mayagüez, St. Croix, Saint Thomas, Tortola, Vieques, Virgin Gorda D
Condor Frankfurt B
Copa Airlines Panama City B
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK
Seasonal: Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
B
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid B
Insel Air Aruba Aruba, Curaçao D
InterCaribbean Airways Providenciales, Punta Cana, Tortola
Seasonal: Puerto Plata
B
JetBlue Airways Boston, Chicago–O'Hare (ends January 7, 2017), [15] Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, New York–JFK, Newark, Orlando, Punta Cana, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Tampa, Washington–National A
LIAT Antigua, Dominica-Douglas-Charles, Tortola B
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Long Haul
Seasonal: Copenhagen,1 London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda B
PAWA Dominicana Santo Domingo–Las Américas B
Seaborne Airlines Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica-Douglas-Charles, Fort-de-France, La Romana, Nevis, Pointe-à-Pitre, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, St. Croix, Saint Kitts, Saint Thomas, St. Maarten, Tortola D
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Orlando, Tampa
Seasonal: Newark (begins December 17, 2016)[16]
B
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Orlando B
Sun Country Airlines Fort Myers, Minneapolis/St. Paul B
Tradewind Aviation Anguilla, Nevis, Saint Barthélemy A
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Cleveland
B
Vieques Air Link Vieques A
Volaris Cancún B
WestJet Toronto–Pearson B
Winair
operated by Air Antilles Express
St. Maarten D
Notes
  • ^1 Norwegian Air Shuttle's flight from Copenhagen to San Juan is nonstop, while the flight from San Juan to Copenhagen stops in St. Croix. However, the airline does not have cabotage rights to transport passengers solely between San Juan and St. Croix.

Charters[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Sunshine Anguilla, Dominica–Melville Hall, Nevis, Sint Maarten, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada, Trinidad, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Aruba, Curaçao, Barbados
Fly BVI Ltd - Caribbean Air Charter Anegada, Tortola, Virgin Gorda
Eastern Air Lines Seasonal: Cancún (begins May 25, 2017), Punta Cana
Island Birds Seasonal: Anguilla, Dominica–Melville Hall, Nevis, Sint Maarten, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada, Trinidad, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Aruba, Curaçao, Barbados
Miami Air Seasonal: Punta Cana
Orange Air Seasonal: Orlando/Sanford, Punta Cana
Rainbow International Airlines Anguilla
Songbird Airways Seasonal: Punta Cana
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Punta Cana
Swift Air Seasonal: Cancún, Havana, Punta Cana
World Atlantic Airlines Seasonal: Punta Cana, Santo Domingo
VI Airlink Seasonal: Beef Island
Xtra Airways Seasonal: Punta Cana, Orlando

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
ABX Air Miami, Port-au-Prince
Air Cargo Carriers Aguadilla, Antigua, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Tortola
Air Sunshine Anguilla, Dominica–Douglas/Charles, Nevis, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Tortola, Vieques, Virgin Gorda
Ameriflight Aguadilla, Aruba, Barbados, Caracas, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Thomas
Amerijet International Miami
CAL Cargo Air Lines New York-JFK, Rome–Fiumicino[17]
Contract Air Cargo Antigua
DHL Aviation
operated by ABX Air
Cincinnati
DHL Aviation
operated by DHL Aero Expreso
Miami, Panama City
Etihad Cargo Amsterdam, Bogotá, Milan
FedEx Express Campinas–Viracopos, Memphis, Miami
FedEx Feeder
operated by Mountain Air Cargo
Antigua, Pointe-à-Pitre, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Tortola
Northern Air Cargo Miami, St. Maarten
UPS Airlines Jacksonville, Louisville

Possible Future Destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Emirates Dubai-International[18]
LATAM Colombia Bogotá[19]
LATAM Perú Lima[20]
Lufthansa Frankfurt[21]
Oman Air Muscat[22]
Seaborne Airlines Aruba, Barbados, Grenada, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, St. Lucia-Vigie, Tobago[23]

Terminated Routes[edit]

Airlines Destinations
ACES Colombia Bogotá
Aeropostal Caracas
Air Dominicana Punta Cana, Santo Domingo–Las Américas
AirTran Airways (merged with Southwest Airlines) Atlanta, Baltimore, Orlando, Tampa
Air France Fort-de-France, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port-au-Prince
Air Plus Argentina Buenos Aires-Ezeiza
American Airlines Antigua, Aruba, Atlanta, Baltimore, Barbados, Boston, Caracas, Curaçao, Fort Lauderdale, Grenada, Hartford, Los Angeles, Nashville, Newark, Orlando, Port of Spain, Puerto Plata, Raleigh/Durham, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, St. Croix, St. Louis/Lambert, St. Lucia-Hewanorra, St. Maarten, Saint Thomas, Tampa, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–Dulles
American Eagle operated by Executive Airlines Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, Canouan, Curaçao, Dominica-Douglas-Charles, Fort-de-France, Grenada, La Romana, Mayagüez, Nevis, Pointe-à-Pitre, Ponce, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Samana, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Saint Barthélemy, St. Croix, Saint Kitts, St. Lucia-Hewanorra, St. Lucia-Vigie, St. Maarten, Saint Thomas, Tobago, Tortola, Vieques, Virgin Gorda
Avianca Barranquilla, Frankfurt, Madrid
British Airways London–Gatwick
British Caledonian (taken over by British Airways) London-Gatwick
Caledonian Airways London-Gatwick
Cape Air Ponce
Caribair Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, Fort-de-France, Kingston, Miami, Montego Bay, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, St. Croix, St. Lucia-Vigie, St. Maarten, Saint Thomas
Caribbean Sun Antigua, Dominica-Douglas-Charles, St. Maarten, Saint Thomas, St. Vincent, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Tortola
Carnival Air Lines Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New York-JFK, Newark
Continental Airlines (merged with United Airlines) Cleveland, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark
Delta Air Lines Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, Orlando
Dominicana de Aviación Santo Domingo-Las Americas
Eastern Air Lines Atlanta, Baltimore, Barbados, Boston, Chicago-O'Hare, Cleveland, Miami, New York-JFK, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Santo Domingo-Las Americas, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Washington-Dulles
Iberia Seasonal: Barcelona, Santo Domingo-Las Americas
JetBlue Airways Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, St. Maarten, Washington-Dulles
KLM Amsterdam
LIAT St. Vincent, Port of Spain
Lufthansa Bogotá, Caracas, Frankfurt, La Paz, Lima, Quito
Martinair Amsterdam
Mexicana de Aviación Cancún, Mexico City
National Airlines Orlando-Sanford
Northwest Airlines (Merged with Delta Air Lines) Detroit, Memphis

Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Pan American World Airways Antigua, Baltimore, Barbados, Boston, Caracas, Lisbon, Madrid, Miami, New York-JFK, Philadelphia, Port of Spain, Santo Domingo-Las Americas, St. Croix, St. Thomas
PAWA Dominicana Seasonal: Punta Cana, Santiago de los Caballeros
Prinair Antigua, Mayaguez, Pointe-à-Pitre, Ponce, Santo Domingo-Las Americas, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Tortola
Spirit Airlines Seasonal: Atlantic City, Tampa
Song (Operated by Delta Air Lines) Boston, New York-JFK, Orlando
Southwest Airlines Atlanta
TACA Airlines (Operated by LACSA) Bogota, Caracas, San Jose (CR)
Trans Caribbean Airways Aruba, Curaçao, Newark, New York-JFK, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Washington-Dulles
Trans World Airlines (Merged with American Airlines) Aruba, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Orlando, Santo Domingo, St. Louis/Lambert, Tampa
United Airlines New York-JFK, St. Thomas
US Airways (Merged with American Airlines) Boston, Charlotte, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

Seasonal: Washington-Dulles

Viasa Caracas
Virgin Atlantic Seasonal: London-Gatwick

Statistics[edit]

Traffic statistics[edit]

Lesser Antilles and local destinations from SJU.
Caribbean, South and Central American destinations from SJU.
United States and Canada destinations from SJU.
European destinations from SJU.
Passenger statistics for SJU[24][25][26][27][28][29]
Year Total passengers  % Change
2001 9,453,564
2002 9,389,232 Decrease0.7%
2003 9,716,687 Increase3.5%
2004 10,568,986 Increase8.8%
2005 10,768,698 Increase1.9%
2006 10,506,118 Decrease2.4%
2007 10,409,464 Decrease0.9%
2008 9,378,924 Decrease9.9%
2009 8,245,895 Decrease12.1%
2010 8,491,257 Increase3.0%
2011 7,993,381 Decrease5.9%
2012 8,448,172 Increase5.7%
2013 8,347,119 Decrease1.2%
2014 8,569,622 Increase2.7%
2015 8,733,161 Increase1.9%

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest USA routes from SJU (August 2015 – July 2016)[30]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 New York–JFK, New York 610,780 American, Delta, JetBlue
2 Orlando, Florida 500,018 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
3 Miami, Florida 396,370 American
4 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 373,910 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
5 Atlanta, Georgia 253,570 Delta
6 Newark, New Jersey 221,350 JetBlue, United
7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 187,010 American/US Airways
8 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 166,410 American, JetBlue, United
9 Boston, Massachusetts 148,620 JetBlue
10 Charlotte, North Carolina 146,330 American/US Airways
Busiest international (non USA) routes from SJU (Jan 2015 – Dec 2015)[31]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 110,611 JetBlue, Seaborne
2 Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands 90,919 Air Sunshine, Cape Air, JetBlue, Seaborne
3 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 77,564 JetBlue, Seaborne, charter airlines (27,764)
4 Panama City, Panama 69,871 Copa
5 St. Croix, US Virgin Islands 56,676 Cape Air, JetBlue, Seaborne
6 Tortola, British Virgin Islands 47,940 Air Sunshine, Cape Air, Seaborne
7 Philipsburg, Sint Maarten 30,636 JetBlue, Seaborne
8 Santiago, Dominican Republic 26,481 JetBlue, Seaborne
9 Bogotá, Colombia 21,812 Avianca
10 Madrid, Spain 21,019 Air Europa
11 Toronto, Canada 14,358 Air Canada, WestJet
12 Frankfurt, Germany 11,157 Condor

Military[edit]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On March 5, 1969, Prinair Flight 277, a de Havilland Heron from St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, was attempting to land at the airport when it crashed into mountainous terrain near Luquillo, killing all 19 on board. An NTSB investigation found that an air traffic controller at the airport mistakenly thought the aircraft was near San Juan when it actually was near Fajardo instead.[32]
  • On December 31, 1972, baseball star Roberto Clemente and his companions died when their DC-7 crashed soon after takeoff from Isla Verde during a relief flight bound for Nicaragua. Neither the bodies of the victims nor the plane's wreckage were ever found.[33]
  • On June 27, 1985, an American Airlines DC-10-10 registered N129AA operating Flight 633 to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport with 257 passengers on board aborted take-off from runway 8 after a loud rumbling sound was heard by the crew as the airplane approached V1. Unable to stop the aircraft on the runway, the aircraft ended up nose-first in the lagoon at the end of the runway. A nose gear tire blowout was suspected. There were no fatalities, and aircraft returned to service six months later.[34]
  • On July 29, 1986, a Borinquen Air Douglas C-53D registered N27PR crashed into a lagoon on approach. The aircraft was on a cargo flight to Golden Rock Airport, Saint Kitts and Nevis, when the starboard engine failed shortly after take-off and the crew decided to return to Carolina. One of the two crew members was killed,[35] the other was seriously injured.[36]
  • On March 1, 1989, a Borinquen Air Douglas C-49J registered N28PR ditched on approach following a failure of the port engine.[37] Although the landing gear was retracted, the crew did not feather the propellor. This resulted in increased drag which made flight impossible.[38] The aircraft was on an international cargo flight from Golden Rock Airport, Saint Kitts and Nevis.[37]
  • On September 17, 1989, a Tol Air Services Douglas C-47A registered N100DW was damaged beyond economic repair by Hurricane Hugo.[39]
  • On July 9, 1998, an American Airlines Airbus A300B4-605R registered N80057 operating flight 574 had a fire in the No. 1 engine shortly after takeoff from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. The airplane sustained minor damage. The captain, first officer, 7 flight attendants, and 215 passengers were not injured. Twenty-eight passengers reported minor injuries during the post-landing emergency evacuation.[40]
  • On September 24, 1998, a Trans-Florida Airlines Convair 240-13 registered N91237 had an engine problem on take-off. It attempted to return to the airport, but lost altitude and was forced to land in a salt water lagoon some 2 miles (3.2 km) short of the runway. Though the aircraft was written off, the two crew and one passenger were uninjured.[41]
  • On April 4, 2001, a Roblex Aviation Douglas DC-3A registered N19BA ditched in the ocean after suffering a double engine failure while on a local training flight. Both crew members escaped. The aircraft sustained minor damage.[42][43]
  • On May 9, 2004, an American Eagle ATR-72 operating flight 5401 crashed in San Juan, Puerto Rico after the captain lost control of the aircraft while landing. Seventeen people were injured, but there were no fatalities.[44]
  • On March 15, 2012, a Jet One Express cargo Convair 440 operating a flight to St. Maarten crashed near the airport, killing its two occupants. The plane went down in a lagoon after the pilot reported engine trouble.[45][46]
  • On August 9, 2014, a JetBlue Airbus A321 operating flight 704 to JFK International Airport, New York had to abort takeoff after one of the engines caught fire. All 186 passengers were evacuated from the aircraft. Two women were slightly hurt during evacuation.[47]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The airport is featured in Hunter S. Thompson's novel The Rum Diary.
  • In the 1982 movie Conexión Caribe, music group Los Chicos arrived at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport from the Dominican Republic on board an Oceanair airplane.
  • Music group Menudo recorded a music video for their song "Claridad", in 1981 at the nearby Isla Verde Beach in Piñones. A Lockheed L-1011 aircraft is seen landing at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in the video.
  • The airport is seen in several scenes of action film Illegal Tender, where a Puerto Rican youngster flies to the Island from the United States several times.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Air Traffic Activity System (ATADS)". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ CY 2010 Passenger Boarding Archived February 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Puerto Ricans protest deal with Mexican firm to run airport". EFE. February 13, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sechler, Bob (February 26, 2013). "Puerto Rico Airport to Go Private". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
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  7. ^ "JetBlue | Investor relations | Press Releases". Investor.jetblue.com. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ "New Airport Terminal Opens in San Juan". Caribbean Journal. December 18, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ "LMM Airport officials unveil new $55M Terminal C". News Is My Business. March 18, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
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  11. ^ http://aeropuertosju.com/mapas/
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  13. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/07/28/fast-growing-allegiant-expands-puerto-rico-and-trenton-nj/87647730/
  14. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/08/30/allegiant-7-route-expansion-features-puerto-rico-austin-and-pittsburgh/89569998/
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  16. ^ http://www.swamedia.com/releases/southwest-airlines-extends-flight-schedule-through-early-march-2017?l=en-US
  17. ^ https://theloadstar.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/CAL-Puerto-Rico.pdf
  18. ^ http://www.elnuevodia.com/negocios/consumo/nota/aumentanlosvuelosdirectosalaisla-2169496/
  19. ^ http://www.aerocivil.gov.co/AAeronautica/Rrglamentacion/AGepa/Actas/ACTA%2072%20DE%20MARZO%2030%20DE%202015.pdf
  20. ^ http://www.elnuevodia.com/negocios/finanzas/nota/masvuelosdirectosdesdepuertorico-1473174/
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