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)
Passengers5,163,426
Aircraft Operations31,175 (2,012)
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)
Passengers5,163,426
Aircraft Operations31,175 (2,012)
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, 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.

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

AirlinesDestinationsTerminal
AeroflotMoscow-Sheremetyevo1
Aerolíneas ArgentinasSeasonal: Buenos Aires-Ezeiza1
Aerolíneas MasSantiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo-La IsabelaD
Air BerlinDüsseldorf, Munich
Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel (ends 4 May 2014)[2]
1
Air CanadaMontreal-Trudeau (ends 27 April 2014)[3]
Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa
2
Air Canada RougeMontreal-Trudeau (begins 3 May 2014),[3] Toronto-Pearson2
Air EuropaMadrid1
Air FranceParis-Charles de Gaulle1
Air PullmanturMadrid1
Air TransatQuébec City, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Regina, Vancouver
2
AirTran Airways
operated by Southwest Airlines
Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago-Midway [4]1
American AirlinesMiami
Seasonal: New York-JFK
1
Apple Vacations
operated by Frontier Airlines
Seasonal: Detroit, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh [5]1
Apple Vacations
operated by Frontier Airlines
Chicago-O'Hare, Chicago-Rockford, Cincinnati, Philadelphia [6]
Seasonal: Baltimore, Cleveland, Hartford/Springfield, Lansing, Pittsburgh, St. Louis
1
ArkeflyAmsterdam
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse
1
AviancaBogota1
British AirwaysAntigua (ends 25 October 2014),[7] London-Gatwick1
CanJetHalifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Québec City, St. John's, Toronto-Pearson, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Hamilton, Ottawa, Thunder Bay
1
CondorFrankfurt
Seasonal: Munich,[8] Vienna
1
Copa AirlinesPanama City1
Corsair InternationalParis-Orly1
Delta Air LinesAtlanta, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pittsburgh
1
DniproaviaSeasonal charter: Kiev-Boryspil[9]1
Edelweiss AirZürich1
Evelop AirlinesSeasonal: Madrid (begins 13 May 2014) [10]1
Frontier AirlinesSeasonal: Denver1
Gol Transportes AéreosCaracas, São Paulo-Guarulhos1
Insel AirSeasonal: Miami, San Juan1
JetairflyBrussels1
JetBlue AirwaysBoston, Fort Lauderdale (begins May 1, 2014),[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
Spirit AirlinesSeasonal: Fort Lauderdale1
Sun Country AirlinesSeasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul[12]1
Sunwing AirlinesBagotville, 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 AirlinesLondon-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)1
Thomson AirwaysBirmingham (UK), East Midlands,[13] London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Glasgow-International (resumes May 1, 2014), Newcastle upon Tyne
1
Transaero AirlinesMoscow-Domodedovo
Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo, St. Petersburg
1
TUIfly
operated by Arkefly
Seasonal: Hamburg1
United AirlinesNewark
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles
1
US AirwaysCharlotte, Philadelphia
Seasonal: Boston
1
WestJetMontreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Ottawa, St. John's
1
Wind Rose AviationKiev-Boryspil[14]1
XL Airways FranceParis-Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Lyon, Marseille, Nantes,[15] Toulouse[16]
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 third busiest airport, surpassed only by Cancun International Airport, in Cancun, Mexico, and by Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which are the first and the second busiest airports in the region, respectively.

LAN B767-300ER pulling in

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest International Routes from PUJ
(2012)
[17]
RankCityPassengersCarriers
1Toronto (YYZ)315,533Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, Westjet
2Paris (CDG)312,129Air France, XL Airways
3Miami (MIA)251,183American, LAN
4Panama City (PTY)249,094Copa, AeroRepublica
5Montreal (YUL)230,563Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, Westjet
6Charlotte (CLT)198,770US Airways
7New York (JFK)195,820American, Delta, JetBlue
8Moscow (DME)180,018Transaero
9Atlanta (ATL)168,785AirTran, Delta
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 (TRACON) 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,[18] however, as of March 2013 the facility has not opened yet.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Punta Cana International Airport at Wikimedia Commons