It 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. 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. In 2014, the airport accounted for 60% of all air arrivals in Dominican Republic.
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 was built to hold larger aircraft like the Airbus A380 along with 8 airbridges, one being for the A380. The new terminal was constructed in JAN. 2015. Transaero is to begin service with their A380 once delivered by Airbus.
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 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.
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. A second terminal opened in 2014 is designed to accommodate 6,500 passengers daily.
Top Destinations as of 2013
Raking of busiest airports in the Caribbean
* Yearly passenger Traffic provided by airport authorities (2011/12)