Punta Cana International Airport, the world's first privately owned
international airport, is located within the 15,000-acre Punta Cana Resort and
During its inaugural year of1984, just 2,976 international passengers deplaned
in Punta Cana. In 2001, the number exceeded one million. During the summer
months more than 100 international weekly flights land in Punta Cana from all
over the world, while more than 150 arrive weekly during the winter months.
Among the major carriers servicing Punta Cana International Airport from all
over the world are American Airlines,
Martin Air, Lan Chile, Air Portugal, Aserca, Aero Postal, Aces, Air Europe,
Corsair, Condor and LTU. Numerous charter flights also service Punta Cana,
including Apple Vacations, UPS, Air Tours, Miami Air, Air Liberte, Canada 3000,
ATA, Sky Service, Champion Air, Royal, Ryan International, Transmeridian, North
American, Sun World, Northwest and Air Transat, among others.
Developed and owned by
Dominican businessman Frank R. Rainieri, President of Grupo Punta Cana, and New
York attorney Ted Kheel, Punta Cana International Airport is a modern facility
with state-of-the-art traffic control and communication facilities, a new fuel
farm, regulated airfield and approach lighting systems, a new parallel taxiway
capable of handling the New Large Aircraft (NLA) being developed by Airbus
(3XX-200), expanded ramp parking for narrow body, wide body, jumbo aircraft, and
modern safety and security systems, to include a new Oshkosh T-3000 fire truck,
Baggage X-Ray equipment, and aircraft ground servicing equipment.
Other airport facilities include Customs, Immigration, Agriculture, VIP lounge,
medical services, duty free zone, cafeterias, catering services, bank and money
exchange, telephone service (VERIZON), air and ground taxi services, tour bus
operations, major rental car services, and the Punta Cana Viajes y Turismo
American Airlines has begun non-stop flights from New York’s JFK directly to
Punta Cana International, and plans to inaugurate non-stop service from Miami
International this fall.
Air France is also scheduled to begin non-stop flights from Paris this fall.