Punta Cana International Airport

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Punta Cana International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Cana
Punta Cana International Airport logo.png
MDPC Airport.jpg
Airport type Public/Private
Owner/Operator Punta Cana Resort and Club/Grupo Punta Cana
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 68°21′07″W / 18.56667°N 68.35194°W / 18.56667; -68.35194Coordinates: 18°34′00″N 68°21′07″W / 18.56667°N 68.35194°W / 18.56667; -68.35194
Website puntacanainternationalairport.com
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/Concrete
09/27 10,171 3,100 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 6,366,552
Aircraft Operations (2013) 52,000
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, which was designed by architect Oscar Imbert, and inaugurated it in 1984. It became the first privately owned international airport in the world.[1] A number of scheduled and charter airlines fly to Punta Cana. Currently more than 6.3 million passengers (arrivals and departures combined) pass through the terminals, moved by almost 60,000 commercial aircraft operations.[2] The operators of the airport, Corporación Aeroportuaria del Este, S.A. (a private corporation run by Puntacana Resort and Club),[1] 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.

In 2014, the airport accounted for 60% of all air arrivals in the Dominican Republic.[3]


Aircraft parked at several gates adjacent to Terminal 1
Terminal 2 departure lounge.

The airport has five terminals: International Terminals A and B for international passenger travel; FBO Terminal, located west of terminal B, for executive general aviation, both national and international; National Terminal, located east of the FBO terminal, for national charter and general aviation; VIP Terminal, Located east of Terminal A, a private terminal including an aircraft parking apron. Punta Cana International Airport serves 96 cities in 28 countries.[4] Terminal B was built to hold larger aircraft like the Airbus A380 along with 7 airbridges, one being for the Airbus A380. This new terminal was completed in 2014 and can comfortably accommodate 6,500 travelers daily and over 2 million travelers annually.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Ezeiza
Aerolíneas Mas Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo-La Isabela
Air Antilles Express Seasonal: Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Berlin Düsseldorf
Air Canada Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa
Air Canada Rouge Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Transat Montréal-Trudeau, Québec City, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax, Hamilton, London (ON), Moncton, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Winnipeg
American Airlines Charlotte, Miami, Philadelphia
Seasonal: Boston, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York-JFK
Apple Vacations
operated by Allegiant Air
Seasonal charter: Pittsburgh
Apple Vacations
operated by Icelandair
Charter: Boston, Detroit
Apple Vacations
operated by Swift Air
Seasonal charter: Cincinnati
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Ecuador Charter: Quito
Avianca Peru Lima
Azur Air Seasonal Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo, St. Petersburg
Azur Air (Germany) Charter: Berlin-Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Munich (begins 5 May 2017)[6]
British Airways London-Gatwick
Condor Frankfurt, Munich
Seasonal: Vienna
Copa Airlines Panama City
Copa Airlines Colombia Panama City
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Edelweiss Air Zürich
El Al Charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
operated by SunExpress Deutschland
Evelop Airlines Madrid
French Blue Paris-Orly
Frontier Airlines Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Philadelphia
Gol Transportes Aéreos São Paulo–Guarulhos
Insel Air Curaçao
Insel Air Aruba Aruba
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York-JFK, San Juan
LATAM Chile Miami, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
Latin American Wings
operated by Chilejet
Charter: Santiago de Chile
operated by Iberia
Barcelona (begins 10 June 2017)[7]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal Charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Magni Monterrey (begins July 8, 2017)[8]
Nordwind Seasonal Charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
operated by Evelop Airlines
Seasonal: Lisbon (begins 1 June 2017), Madrid
Rutaca Airlines Caracas
Rossiya Airlines Moscow- Vnukovo
Servicios Aéreos Profesionales Charter: Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, Holguin, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port of Spain, St. Maarten, Santo Domingo-Las Américas, Varadero
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago-Midway
Spirit Airlines Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas-Fort Worth
Sunwing Airlines Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Swift Air
operated by Vacation Express
Seasonal: Pittsburgh
Travel Service Seasonal Charter: Warsaw
Thomas Cook Airlines Charter: London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Copenhagen, Stockholm
Thomson Airways Charter: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Glasgow
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
TAME Charter: Quito
United Airlines Houston-Intercontinental, Newark
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles
Vacation Express
operated by Sunwing Airlines
Seasonal charter: Baltimore, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus (OH), Nashville, New Orleans
Vacation Express
operated by Swift Air
Seasonal charter: Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Dallas/Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Houston-Intercontinental, Miami, Tampa (begins May 5, 2017)
Wamos Air Madrid
WestJet Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa
Wingo Bogota
XL Airways France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Toulouse

Traffic and growth[edit]

Punta Cana's airport is the leading point of entry in the 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 about 5 years the aircraft movements will double. At the moment the airport counts on two International Terminals; FBO Terminal, the main incline with 12 positions; National Terminal; and VIP Terminal.

In the Caribbean, Punta Cana International Airport is the 2nd busiest airport, after Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. Cancun International Airport, Havana International Airport, and Punta Cana International Airport are the only airports in Latin America with direct flights to Russia. Punta Cana International Airport will also be the only airport in the Caribbean with flights to Tel-Aviv, Israel beginning October 7, 2016.


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest international routes from PUJ (2013)[9]
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 Atlanta (ATL) 294,513 Delta, Southwest
4 Miami (MIA) 251,183 American Airlines, Gol Transportes Aéreos
5 Panama City (PTY) 249,094 Copa Airlines, Copa Airlines Colombia
6 Montreal (YUL) 230,563 Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing
7 Charlotte (CLT) 198,770 American Airlines
8 New York (JFK) 195,820 Delta, JetBlue
9 Moscow (DME) 180,018 Transaero
10 Newark (EWR) 156,594 United

Airport expansion[edit]

Punta Cana's Airport operators completed an ambitious airport expansion project in November 2011. The expansion includes a new runway, a control tower equipped with modern radio and air traffic control equipment. Additionally, there is a new Terminal Approach Radar Control 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. A second international terminal which opened in 2014 is designed to accommodate approx.6,500 passengers daily.

The operators plan to open a third terminal and renovate runway 09/27 while also constructing a Cargo Terminal.[3]

U.S. preclearance[edit]

Plans were underway for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance station to be opened at the airport by the end of summer 2009,[10] however, this has not yet begun. According to Frank Rainieri, president of Grupo Puntacana, negotiations have re-opened (June, 2015) and he anticipates that this airport will be the first in Latin America to offer such preclearance service.[11]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On October 13, 2014, the engine of a Jetstream Bae 32 aircraft belonging to Air Century Airlines caught fire while landing after a charter flight from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The airplane crew declared an emergency and landed the aircraft at 20:45 local time, after a 49-minute flight, but the plane was destroyed in a subsequent fire. There were no injuries among the 13 passengers and two crew members on the flight.[12]

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External links[edit]

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