Most air passengers to Puerto Rico use the San Juan Puerto Rico airport
Although there are at least 20 functional airports in Puerto Rico, it is the San Juan Puerto Rico airport or Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), as it more formally known that is the islands main airport.
Located just 5 KM southeast of San Juan, this airport is rated amongst the top passenger airports in the United States. It is no surprise then that most major international air carriers fly into the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport on a daily basis.
Such carriers include air Canada, Copa Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, WestJet, Jet Blue Airways, LIAT, Delta Airlines, Condor Flugdienst, Cape Air, Virgin Atlantic and Spirit Airlines, just to name a few.
JetBlue Airways is the largest airline currently servicing San Juan Puerto Rico Airport; with an average 30 flights daily in and out of the island. Next is the America Eagle subsidiary, Executive Airlines which operates an average 20 flights daily. According to recent FAA reports, over 4 million passengers depart from San Juan Puerto Rico airport annually.
You may consider San Juan international airport as the Caribbean’s hub for regional travel; with carriers such as Cape Air and LIAT providing regional flight services. Cape Air, which mainly flies to other nearby Caribbean islands such as St. Thomas and St. Croix also provide a domestic service to other cities in Puerto Rico including Ponce and Vieques.
The main terminal building of the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport operates four concourses from a departure area that is comprised of four ticket counters: JetBlue airways, American airlines, Delta airlines, and one concourse for all other airlines.
Because Puerto Rico is also a U.S. territory, there is no immigration checks for domestic flights originating from the US or USVI’s upon arrival at the San Juan Puerto Rico Airport. Therefore cruise passengers and other travellers can simply collect their luggages and leave the airport, hassle free.
Still life is not always a breeze at Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. There have been known to be many lengthy delays occurring periodically such that passengers are usually advised to carry an overnight bag, just in case. Fortunately for me, I did not experience any difficulties using the San Juan Puerto Rico Airport.
The airport houses facilities such as a Best Western Hotel and Casino, duty free shop, bank, several restaurants, taxi and car rental services.
For cruise passengers, please note that if you are heading to San Juan cruise port, the journey is approximately three quarters of an hour via taxi and the cost averages around US$25, add or minus a tip which is also customary on the island.
I hope you found this information on Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport helpful. Depending on where you are headed on the island, it is worthwhile finding out about the other regional airports. Some include Fajardo Airport (FAJ), Mercedita Airport (PSE), located in Ponce and Rafael Hernandez International Airport (BQN), located in Aguadilla.
Cruise or stay well!
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