Punta Cana International Airport

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Punta Cana International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Cana
Punta Cana International Airport logo.png
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 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/Con 1
09/27 10,171 3,100 Asphalt/Con 2
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 5,285,000
Aircraft Operations 52,000 (2,013)
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 5.1 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.
Martinair B767-300ER at PUJ

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 currently serves as a destination for 53 different airlines from over 40 countries.[1] Terminal B was built to hold larger aircraft like the Airbus A380 along with 8 airbridges, one being for the A380. This new terminal was completed in 2014.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal[4]
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Ezeiza A
Aerolíneas Mas Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo-La Isabela D
Air Antilles Express Seasonal: Pointe-à-Pitre A
Air Berlin Düsseldorf, Munich 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, Halifax, Hamilton, London (ON), Ottawa, Regina, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Vancouver, Windsor (begins 21 December 2015), Winnipeg
American Airlines Charlotte, Miami, Philadelphia
Seasonal: Boston, Chicago-O'Hare (begins 19 December 2015),[5] Dallas/Fort Worth (begins 19 December 2015),[5] New York-JFK
Apple Vacations
operated by Allegiant Air
Seasonal Charter: Pittsburgh (begins December 24, 2015) A
Avianca Bogota B
Avianca Peru Lima B
Azur Air Moscow Domodedovo B
British Airways London-Gatwick B
Condor Frankfurt, Munich
Seasonal: Vienna
Copa Airlines Panama City B
Copa Airlines Colombia Bogota, Panama City B
Corsair International Paris-Orly A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pittsburgh
Edelweiss Air Zürich B
operated by SunExpress Deutschland
Cologne/Bonn B
Evelop Airlines Seasonal charter: Madrid A
Frontier Airlines Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland A
Gol Transportes Aéreos Belo Horizonte–Confins, Brasília, Campinas, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Seasonal: Miami, Orlando
Insel Air Curaçao
Seasonal: Miami, San Juan
Insel Air Aruba Aruba A
Jetairfly Brussels A
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York-JFK, San Juan A
LAN Airlines Miami, Santiago de Chile A
LAN Argentina Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Miami A
LAN Colombia Bogotá (begins 1 December 2015)[6] A
LAN Peru Lima A
Nordwind Moscow-Sheremetyevo, St. Petersburg A
Orenair Moscow-Vnukovo B
Orbest Seasonal charter: Lisbon A
Perla Airlines Porlamar A
SATA International Charter: Lisbon A
Servicios Aéreos Profesionales Antigua, Aruba, Bridgetown, Curaçao, Holguin, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port of Spain, St. Maarten, Santo Domingo-Las Américas, Varadero A
Seaborne Airlines San Juan A
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago-Midway
Seasonal: Milwaukee
Spirit Airlines Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale A
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul A
Sunwing Airlines Montreal-Trudeau, Québec City, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Bagotville, Calgary, Gander, Halifax, Hamilton, Kitchener, London (ON), Moncton, Ottawa, Saint John, St. John's, Val-d'Or, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Swift Air operated by Vacation Express Seasonal: Pittsburgh A
TAM Linhas Aéreas Brasília (begins 5 December 2015) A
Thomas Cook Airlines Charter: London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK) A
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Copenhagen, Stockholm A
Thomson Airways Charter: Birmingham (resumes 7 May 2016), London-Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Glasgow-International
TUI Airlines Netherlands Amsterdam
Seasonal Charter: Basel/Mulhouse, Warsaw-Chopin
operated by Thomson Airways
Seasonal charter: Hamburg 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, Newark A
Vacation Express
operated by Swift Air
Seasonal charter: Cleveland, Columbus (OH) A
Wamos Air Madrid A
WestJet Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Ottawa, St. John's
White Airways Seasonal charter: Lisbon A
XL Airways France Marseille, 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.

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 second busiest airport, surpassed only by Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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 Atlanta (ATL) 294,513 Delta, Southwest
4 Miami (MIA) 251, 183 American Airlines, Gol Transportes Aéreos
5 Panama City (PTY) 249, 094 Copa, AeroRepublica
6 Montreal (YUL) 230,563 Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing
7 Charlotte (CLT) 198,770 US Airways
8 New York (JFK) 195,820 JetBlue, Delta
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.[3]

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,[8] however, this has not yet begun. According 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.[9]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On October 13, 2014, a Jetstream Bae 32 aircraft belonging to Air Century Airlines caught fire on an engine 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 8:45 PM 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.[10]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Punta Cana International Airport at Wikimedia Commons