Punta Cana International Airport

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Punta Cana International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Cana
PuntaCanaInternationalAirport.JPG
IATA: PUJICAO: MDPC
Summary
Airport typePublic/Private
OwnerGrupo PuntaCana
OperatorPunta Cana Resort and Club/Grupo PuntaCana
ServesPunta Cana, Higuey
LocationPunta Cana in La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic
Elevation AMSL40 ft / 12.2 m
Coordinates18°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
WebsitePunta Cana International Airport
Map
MDPC is located in the Dominican Republic
MDPC
MDPC
Location of airport in Dominican Republic
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
08/2610,1713,100Asphalt/Con 1
09/2710,1713,100Asphalt/Con 2
Statistics (2013)
Passengers5,285,000
Aircraft Operations52,000 (2,013)
Source: Banco Central República Dominicana
1 Runway 08/26 All traffic.
2 Runway 09/27 Light traffic only.
 
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Punta Cana International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Cana
PuntaCanaInternationalAirport.JPG
IATA: PUJICAO: MDPC
Summary
Airport typePublic/Private
OwnerGrupo PuntaCana
OperatorPunta Cana Resort and Club/Grupo PuntaCana
ServesPunta Cana, Higuey
LocationPunta Cana in La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic
Elevation AMSL40 ft / 12.2 m
Coordinates18°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
WebsitePunta Cana International Airport
Map
MDPC is located in the Dominican Republic
MDPC
MDPC
Location of airport in Dominican Republic
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
08/2610,1713,100Asphalt/Con 1
09/2710,1713,100Asphalt/Con 2
Statistics (2013)
Passengers5,285,000
Aircraft Operations52,000 (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 in 1984. A number of scheduled and charter airlines fly to Punta Cana. Currently, there are more than 5.1 million annual passenger movements in almost 60,000 commercial aircraft operations.[1] The operators of the airport, Grupo Punta Cana - owners of Puntacana Resort and Club, 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.

Terminals and destinations[edit]

Aircraft parked at several gates adjacent to Terminal 1
Terminal 2 departure lounge.
Martinair B767-300ER at PUJ

The airport has three terminals: Terminal 1 is used for international flights, whilst Terminal 3 is used for domestic flights and private jets. In February 2009, the new Terminal 2 was opened. Punta Cana International Airport currently serves as a destination for 53 different airlines. New terminal is being built to hold larger aircraft like the Airbus A380 along with 8 airbridges, two being for the A380. The new terminal is to be constructed by 2015. Transaero is to begin service with their A380 once delivered by Airbus.

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

AirlinesDestinationsTerminal
AeroflotMoscow-Sheremetyevo1
Aerolíneas ArgentinasSeasonal: Buenos Aires-Ezeiza (resumes January 3, 2015)[2]1
Aerolíneas MasSantiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo-La IsabelaD
Air Antilles ExpressSeasonal: Pointe-à-Pitre[3]1
Air BerlinDüsseldorf, Munich1
Air CanadaSeasonal: Halifax, Ottawa2
Air Canada RougeMontreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson2
Air EuropaMadrid1
Air FranceParis-Charles de Gaulle1
Air PullmanturCharter: Madrid1
Air TransatMontréal-Trudeau, Québec City, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Ottawa, Regina, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Vancouver, Winnipeg
2
AirTran Airways
operated by Southwest Airlines
Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago-Midway (all end 1 November 2014)1
American AirlinesMiami
Seasonal: New York-JFK
1
Apple Vacations
operated by Frontier Airlines
Seasonal Charter: Detroit, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh[4]1
Apple Vacations
operated by Frontier Airlines
Charter: Chicago-O'Hare, Chicago-Rockford, Cincinnati, Philadelphia[5]
Seasonal: Baltimore, Cleveland, Hartford/Springfield, Lansing, Pittsburgh, St. Louis
1
Apple Vacations
operated by Sun Country Airlines
Seasonal Charter: Minneapolis/St. Paul1
ArkeflyAmsterdam
Seasonal Charter: Basel/Mulhouse, Warsaw-Chopin[6]
1
AviancaBogota1
British AirwaysAntigua (ends 25 October 2014),[7] London-Gatwick1
CondorFrankfurt
Seasonal: Munich,[8] Vienna
1
Copa AirlinesPanama City1
Copa Airlines ColombiaBogota1
Corsair InternationalParis-Orly1
Delta Air LinesAtlanta, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Cincinnati (resumes 14 February 2015), Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
1
DniproaviaSeasonal charter: Kiev-Boryspil[9]1
Edelweiss AirCharter: Zürich1
Evelop AirlinesSeasonal charter: Madrid[10]1
Frontier AirlinesSeasonal: Denver1
Gol Transportes AéreosCaracas, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Belo Horizonte-Confins (begins December 3, 2014)1
Insel AirSeasonal: Miami, San Juan1
JetairflyCharter: Brussels1
JetBlue AirwaysBoston, Fort Lauderdale,[11] New York-JFK, San Juan1
LAN AirlinesMiami, Santiago de Chile1
LAN ArgentinaBuenos Aires-Ezeiza, Miami1
LAN PeruLima1
OrenairCharter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Yekaterinburg1
OrbestSeasonal charter: Lisbon, Madrid1
Perla AirlinesPorlamar1
SATA InternationalCharter: Lisbon1
Servicios Aéreos ProfesionalesAntigua, Aruba, Bridgetown, Curaçao, Holguin, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port of Spain, St. Maarten, Santo Domingo-Las Américas, Varadero3
Seaborne AirlinesSan Juan1
Southwest AirlinesAtlanta (begins 2 November 2014), Baltimore (begins 2 November 2014), Chicago-Midway (begins 2 November 2014)
Seasonal: Milwaukee (begins 24 January 2015)
1
Spirit AirlinesSeasonal: Fort Lauderdale1
Sun Country AirlinesSeasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul[12]1
Sunwing AirlinesSeasonal: Bagotville, Gander, Halifax, London (ON), Moncton, Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Québec City, St John's, Saint John, Toronto-Pearson, Kitchener, Hamilton, Val-d'Or, Winnipeg1
Thomas Cook AirlinesCharter: London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)1
Thomson AirwaysCharter: Birmingham (UK), East Midlands,[13] London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Glasgow-International, Newcastle upon Tyne
1
Transaero AirlinesMoscow-Domodedovo
Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo, St. Petersburg
1
TUIfly
operated by Arkefly
Seasonal charter: Hamburg1
United AirlinesHouston-Intercontinental (begins December 20, 2014), Newark
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles
1
US AirwaysCharlotte, Philadelphia
Seasonal: Boston
1
Vacation ExpressSeasonal charter: Buffalo (begins February 14, 2015),[14] Nashville (begins March 18, 2015),[15] Columbus (Begins March 16, 2015)1
WestJetMontreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Ottawa, St. John's
1
Wind Rose AviationCharter: Kiev-Boryspil[16]1
XL Airways FranceMarseille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes,[17] Toulouse[18]
1

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, one VIP, domestics and an FBO, a main incline with 12 positions.

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
(2013)
[19]
RankCityPassengersCarriers
1Toronto (YYZ)315,533Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, Westjet
2Paris (CDG)312,129Air France, XL Airways
3Atlanta (ATL)294,513Delta, AirTran
4Miami (MIA)251, 183American Airlines
5Panama City (PTY)249, 094Copa, AeroRepublica
6Montreal (YUL)230,563Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing
7Charlotte (CLT)198,770US Airways
8New York (JFK)195,820JetBlue, Delta
9Moscow(DME)180, 018Transaero
10Newark (EWR)156,594United

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.

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,[20] however, as of March 2013 the facility has not opened yet.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "– Airport Information". Puntacanainternationalairport.com. 
  2. ^ Aerolineas Argentinas launches new routes in the Caribbean
  3. ^ "Route Map". Flyairantilles.com. 31 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Detroit, MI Flight Schedule | America's No. 1 Tour Operator". Apple Vacations. 
  5. ^ "Philadelphia, PA Flight Schedule | America's No. 1 Tour Operator". Apple Vacations. 
  6. ^ http://www.tuitam.pl/rozklad_lotow
  7. ^ "More Winter Sun From Gatwick With Extra British Airways Flights". Britishairways.com. 5 February 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.condor.com/eu/fileadmin/dam/pdf/tcf-eu/06_The_Company/02_Press/Buchungsstart_Langstrecke_Wi1314_en_130305.pdf
  9. ^ "Flight schedule". "Dniproavia" airlines. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Evelop Air destinations at official website". Evelopair.com. 
  11. ^ "JetBlue Adds Nonstops to the Caribbean From Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Yahoo Finance". Finance.yahoo.com. 29 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Sun Country Airlines. Flight Schedule, suncountry.com, retrieved 2011-May-17
  13. ^ "First Choice | Flights | Book flights online with First Choice | Timetable". Flights.firstchoice.co.uk. 
  14. ^ http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/sunwing-airlines-announces-new-non-stop-flights-from-buffalo-cancun-punta-cana-this-1937601.htm
  15. ^ "Punta Cana All-Inclusive Vacation Package Deals from Nashville | BNA to PUJ – All Inclusive Vacation Packages by Vacation Express". Vacationexpress.com. 
  16. ^ "Main information | WINDROSE". Windrose.aero. 28 April 2014. 
  17. ^ Aéroport de Nantes Atlantique- Punta Cana au départ de Nantes Atlantique[dead link]
  18. ^ Aéroport Toulouse- Flight Toulouse/Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)[dead link]
  19. ^ "IDAC traffic Statistics". Idac.gob.do. 
  20. ^ Busiest Dominican airport to have U.S. Customs, Immigration station, Nuevo Diario reports from the Dominican Times retrieved 25 July 2008

External links[edit]

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