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Punta Cana Intl Airport

Punta Cana International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Cana
Airport type Public/Private
Owner City of Punta Cana
Operator Punta Cana Resort and Club/Grupo Punta Cana
Serves Punta Cana, Higuey
Location Punta Cana in La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic
Elevation AMSL 40 ft / 12.2 m
Coordinates 18°34′0″N 68°21′7″W / 18.566667°N 68.35194°W / 18.566667; -68.35194
Website Punta Cana International Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 10,171 3,100 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2008)
Passengers 3,758,109
Source: Departamento Aeroportuario

Punta Cana International Airport (IATA: PUJ, ICAO: 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. In 2009, Punta Cana received 3,811,946 passengers, making it the busiest airport in the country. The operators of the airport, Grupo Punta Cana, are planning to expand the airport, by adding a new Control Tower, a new terminal with more gates, as well as another runway.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

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.

Aircraft parked at several gates adjacent to Terminal 1
Aircraft parked at several gates adjacent to Terminal 1

Terminal 2 departure lounge.
Terminal 2 departure lounge.

Martinair B767-300ER at PUJ
Martinair B767-300ER at PUJ
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aero República Bogotá 1
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo [begins 2 November] 1
Aerolíneas Argentinas Seasonal: Buenos Aires-Ezeiza 1
Aerolíneas Mas Santo Domingo-La Isabela 3
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Munich 1
Air Canada Calgary, Halifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Ottawa [begins 25 December]
Air Century Santo Domingo 3
Air Europa Seasonal: Madrid 1
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1
Air Inter Island Constanza, Santo Domingo-Las Americas, Santo Domingo-La Isabela, Samana-Arroyo Barril 3
Air Pullmantur Madrid 1
Air Transat Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa [begins November 7], Quebec City, Regina, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver 2
AirTran Airways Atlanta [begins 16 February] 1
American Airlines Miami, New York-JFK 1
American Eagle San Juan 1
Arkefly Amsterdam 1
Aserca Airlines Caracas, Santo Domingo 1
Dominican Airlines operated by Lauda Air Vienna 1
Avianca Bogota 1
British Airways London-Gatwick 1
CanJet Halifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Quebec City, St John's, Toronto-Pearson 1
Caribbean Air Sign Puerto Plata, Samana, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santiago Domingo 3
Condor Frankfurt 1
Continental Airlines Newark 1
Conviasa Seasonal: Caracas 1
Copa Airlines Panama City 1
Corsairfly Paris-Orly 1
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Direct Air West Palm Beach [begins 18 December] 1
Edelweiss Air Zürich 1
Enerjet Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver 1
EuroAtlantic Airways Faro, Lisbon 1
ExpressJet Airlines Aguadilla, Miami, Ponce, San Juan 1
Gol Airlines operated by Varig Caracas, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos 1
Iberworld Madrid 1
Jetairfly Brussels 1
JetBlue Airways Boston, New York-JFK 1
LAN Airlines Miami, Santiago de Chile 1
LAN Argentina Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Miami 1
LAN Peru Lima, Miami 1
Livingston Energy Flight Milan-Malpensa 1
Martinair Amsterdam 1
Miami Air Boston, Chicago-Rockford, Detroit, Miami, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Atlantic City, Norfolk
Orbest Lisbon 1
PAWA Dominicana Aguadilla, San Juan [seasonal] 1
PAWA Dominicana Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo-Las Americas 3
Servicios Aéreos Profesionales Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, Holguin, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port of Spain, St. Maarten, Santo Domingo, Varadero 3
Spirit Airlines Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale 1
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul 1
Sunwing Airlines Bagotville, Gander, Halifax, London (ON), Moncton, Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Quebec City, St. John's, Saint John, Toronto-Pearson, Val-d'Or 1
Thomas Cook Airlines London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK) 1
Thomson Airways Birmingham (UK), East Midlands [begins 3 May], London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Glasgow-International, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo [begins 31 October], St Petersburg 1
United Airlines Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles 1
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia
Seasonal: Boston
USA3000 Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis
Seasonal: Baltimore, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Pittsburgh
WestJet Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Hamilton, Ottawa, Thunder Bay
White Airways Lisbon 1
Whitejets Campinas-Viracopos, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão 1
XL Airways France Brussels, Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1

Traffic and growth

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 less than 5 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.

Jose Marti International Airport, in Havana, Cuba and Punta Cana International Airport are the only Caribbean airports with connecting flights to Russia.

In the Caribbean, Punta Cana International Airport is the third busiest airport, surpassed only by Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico and by Cancun International Airport in Cancun, which are the first and the second busiest airports in the region, respectively.

LAN B767-300ER pulling in
LAN B767-300ER pulling in

Airport expansion

The Punta Cana's Airport operators have planned an ambitious airport expansion project. The project consists of a new larger runway, expansion of the existing taxiway, construction of a new taxiway, a new control tower, the installation of the ILS, new frequencies of radio and the expansion of the International Terminal.

U.S. Preclearance

Plans were underway for a U.S. immigration and customs preclearance station to be opened at the airport by the end of summer 2009, however, as of January 2010, the facility has not opened yet.

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General Info
Country Dominican Republic
Time UTC-4
Latitude 18.567367
18° 34' 02.52" N
Longitude -68.363431
068° 21' 48.35" W
Elevation 47 feet
14 meters
Magnetic Variation 011° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Near City Higuey
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

Opr SR-0200Z.
Opr H24.
Opr 1300 to 0100Z dly.
Communications Remarks  
APP Radar ctl svc avbl 1130-0400Z dly.

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
09/27 10171 x 157 feet
3100 x 48 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME PNA PUNTA CANA 074X 112.7 1.1 NM 098.7
NDB PCA PUNTA CANA - 425 At Field -

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)
RSTD Acft with AUW 300 or greater, 180 turn permitted on rwy ends only. Rwy 9 tkof-hold rwy hdg until 1000 ft before turning right.

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