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
Focus city for Gol Linhas Aereas
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 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 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 Terminal
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Ezeiza A
Aerolíneas Mas Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo-La Isabela B
Air Antilles Express Seasonal: Pointe-à-Pitre A
Air Berlin Düsseldorf B
Air Canada Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa B
Air Canada Rouge Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson B
Air Europa Madrid A
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle B
Air Transat Montréal-Trudeau, Québec City, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton (begins March 15, 2017),[6] Halifax, Hamilton, London (ON), Ottawa, Regina, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Vancouver, 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 A
Apple Vacations
operated by Icelandair
Charter: Boston, Detroit A
Apple Vacations
operated by Swift Air
Seasonal charter: Cincinnati A
Avianca Bogotá B
Avianca Ecuador Charter: Quito B
Avianca Peru Lima B
Azur Air Seasonal Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo, St. Petersburg A
Azur Air (Germany) Charter: Berlin-Schönefeld (begins 4 April 2017), Düsseldorf (begins 3 April 2017), Munich (begins 5 May 2017)[7] TBA
British Airways London-Gatwick B
Condor Frankfurt, Munich
Seasonal: Vienna
Copa Airlines Panama City B
Copa Airlines Colombia Panama City B
Corsair International Paris-Orly A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Edelweiss Air Zürich B
El Al Charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion TBA
operated by SunExpress Deutschland
Cologne/Bonn B
Evelop Airlines Madrid A
French Blue Paris-Orly TBA
Frontier Airlines Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Philadelphia A
Gol Transportes Aéreos São Paulo–Guarulhos B
Insel Air Curaçao A
Insel Air Aruba Aruba A
InterCaribbean Airways San Juan A
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York-JFK, San Juan A
LATAM Chile Miami, Santiago de Chile A
LATAM Perú Lima A
Latin American Wings
operated by Chilejet
Charter: Santiago de Chile A
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal Charter: Warsaw-Chopin A
Nordwind Seasonal Charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo A
Orbest Seasonal: Lisbon, Madrid A
Rutaca Airlines Caracas A
Rossiya Airlines Moscow- Vnukovo A
Servicios Aéreos Profesionales Charter: Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, Holguin, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port of Spain, St. Maarten, Santo Domingo-Las Américas, Varadero A
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago-Midway
Seasonal: Milwaukee
Spirit Airlines Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale A
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas-Fort Worth A
Sunwing Airlines Montreal-Trudeau, Québec City, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Bagotville, Calgary, Gander, Halifax, Hamilton, Kitchener, London (ON), Milwaukee, Moncton, Ottawa, Saint John, St. John's, Val-d'Or, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Swift Air
operated by Vacation Express
Seasonal: Pittsburgh A
Travel Service Seasonal Charter: Warsaw A
Thomas Cook Airlines Charter: London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK) A
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Copenhagen, Stockholm A
Thomson Airways Charter: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Glasgow
TUI Airlines Netherlands Seasonal charter: Amsterdam, Warsaw A
operated by Thomson Airways
Seasonal charter: Hamburg A
TUIfly Belgium Brussels A
TAME Charter: Quito A
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 A
Vacation Express
operated by Swift Air
Seasonal charter: Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Dallas/Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Houston-Intercontinental, Miami, Tampa (begins May 5, 2017) A
Wamos Air Madrid A
WestJet Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa
Wingo Bogota A
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 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; FBO Terminal, a 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)[8]
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 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 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 opened in 2014 is designed to accommodate 6,500 passengers daily.

It is also planned 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,[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Punta Cana International Airport at Wikimedia Commons