7 International Dominican Republic Airports | Best Airport To Fly Into Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean. It is also a busy regional travel hub with flights from most major cities worldwide. There are over twenty Dominican Republic airports, and visitors can be assured of comfort, safety, and top-notch management in the arrival and departure experience, especially at international airports.

Busiest Airports in the Dominican Republic

Most visitors to the Dominican Republic arrive via one of the country’s seven international airports. Below is a ranking of these international Dominican Republic airports based on 2021 passenger traffic figures sourced from the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic

  1. Punta Cana International Airport in Punta Cana (2,244,847 passengers),
  2. Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo (1,948,363 passengers), 
  3. Cibao International Airport in Santiago de los Caballeros (957,117 passengers), 
  4. Gregorio Luperon International Airport in Puerto Plata (198,209 passengers), 
  5. La Romana International Airport in La Romana (182,775 passengers),
  6. La Isabela International Airport in Santo Domingo  (45,608 passengers) and 
  7. Samaná El Catey International Airport in Samaná (13,205 passengers).

In total,  5,590,124 passengers arrived in the Dominican Republic via one of these major airports in 2021.  However, it should be noted that these figures are still down from 2019, when 7,126,857 passengers entered the Dominican Republic via these seven international airports.   

The busiest Punta Cana International is privately owned and operated by Corporación Aeroportuaria del Este, S.A. (CAE), with direct flights from 28 countries / 98 cities via 81 different airlines. Most of the other airports are managed by Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom) under a concession contract granted by the State until 2030.

Below is more insight into these major Dominican Republic airports. A list of airlines that operate at each is provided, but note that it is subject to change; some operate seasonal or charter flights.

Air Canada plane on tarmac at Punta Cana International Airport in Dominican Republic. Photo Credit: © zhukovsky/123RF.com.Air Canada plane on tarmac at Punta Cana International Airport in Dominican Republic. Photo Credit: © zhukovsky/123RF.com.

Santo Domingo Airports:

Las Americas International Airport

Website | Address: Punta Caucedo, Dominican Republic
Airport Codes: IATA: SDQ & ICAO: MDSD

Las Americas International Airport, also known as the José Francisco Peña Gómez Airport, is the second busiest airport in the Dominican Republic. Located 30 minutes from the capital city of Santo Domingo, Las Americas International Airport is also very close to the tourist areas of Boca Chica and Juan Dolio. The airport has five terminals, with A and B used for international commercial passenger travel.

From the United States, book flights to Las Americas International Airport via

  • American Airlines: Miami, Philadelphia (Seasonal: Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth)
  • Delta Air Lines: Atlanta, New York–JFK
  • Frontier Airlines: Miami, Orlando, San Juan, Tampa
  • JetBlue: Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, New York–JFK, Orlando, San Juan
  • RED Air: Miami
  • Sky High: Valencia
  • Spirit Airlines: Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando
  • United Airlines: Newark, Washington–Dulles

From Canada, book flights to Las Americas International Airport via:

  • Air Canada Rouge: Toronto–Pearson (suspended)

Within the Caribbean, book flights to Las Americas International Airport via:

  • Air Antilles: Pointe-à-Pitre
  • Air Caraïbes: Pointe-à-Pitre
  • Air Santo Domingo: Anguilla, Tortola
  • Arajet: Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten
  • InterCaribbean Airways: Havana, Kingston, Providenciales, Santiago de Cuba, Sint Maarten, Tortola
  • Jetair Caribbean: Curaçao
  • Sky High: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Kingston, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint Kitts, St. Maarten
  • Sunrise Airways: Port-au-Prince

From Europe, book flights to Las Americas International Airport via:

  • Air Europa: Madrid
  • Air France: Paris–Charles de Gaulle
  • Avior Airlines: Barcelona (VE), Caracas
  • Condor: Frankfurt
  • Iberia: Madrid
  • Nordwind Airlines: Seasonal charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
  • Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas: Madrid
  • Sky High: Valencia
  • Turpial Airlines: Valencia (VE)
  • TUI fly Belgium: Brussels
  • World2Fly: Madrid

From Latin America, book flights to Las Americas International Airport via:

  • Aeroméxico: Mexico City
  • Arajet: Barranquilla, Cali, Cancún, Cartagena, Guatemala City, Lima, Mexico City/AIFA, Monterrey, San José de Costa Rica–Juan Santamaría, San Salvador
  • Avianca: Bogotá
  • Conviasa: Caracas
  • Copa Airlines: Panama City–Tocumen
  • LASER Airlines: Caracas
  • Sky High: Caracas, Maracaibo, Porlamar
  • Venezolana: Barquisimeto, Caracas
  • Wingo:Bogotá, Medellin–JMC

La Isabela International Airport

Website | Location: La Isabela, El Higuero, La Victoria and Santo Domingo Norte in Santo Domingo Province, Dominican Republic
Airport Codes: IATA: JBQ & ICAO: MDJB

La Isabela International Airport, also known as the Joaquín Balaguer International Airport, is located north of Santo Domingo and opened in February 2006. It primarily handles domestic flights and flights to Haiti and other Caribbean destinations.

Within the Caribbean, book flights to La Isabela International Airport via:

  • Air Century: Aruba, Curaçao, Havana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, San Juan, Santiago de los Caballeros, Sint Maarten
  • Sunrise Airways: Cap-Haïtien, Port-au-Prince

Within Latin America, book flights to La Isabela International Airport via:

  • Air Century: Barranquilla, Cartagena Puerto Plata

Punta Cana Airport:

Punta Cana International Airport

Website | Address: Punta Cana in La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic
Airport Codes: IATA: PUJ & ICAO: MDPC

Punta Cana International Airport is just 15 minutes from popular tourist areas, including Punta Cana and Cap Cana. It is also just 30 minutes from Bávaro, El Cortecito, Arena Gorda, Macao, and Uvero Alto hotel areas. Punta Cana International Airport is the busiest in the Dominican Republic, with three terminals and flights from across the globe.

From the United States, book flights to Punta Cana International Airport via:

  • American Airlines: Austin, Charlotte, Miami, Philadelphia, Seasonal: Boston, Chicago–O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York–JFK
  • Delta Air Lines: Atlanta, New York–JFK (Seasonal: Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul)
  • Frontier Airlines: Chicago–O’Hare, Cleveland, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa (Seasonal: Atlanta, St. Louis)
  • JetBlue: Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, New York–JFK
  • Southwest Airlines: Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Fort Lauderdale
  • Spirit Airlines: Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Philadelphia
  • United Airlines: Chicago–O’Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles

From Canada, book flights to Punta Cana International Airport via:

  • Air Canada: Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
  • Air Canada Rouge: Seasonal: Halifax, Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Québec City, Toronto–Pearson
  • Air Transat: Montréal–Trudeau, Québec City, Toronto–Pearson, Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, London (ON), Moncton, Ottawa
  • Sunwing Airlines: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
    Seasonal: Bagotville, Deer Lake, Fredericton, Gander, Halifax, London (ON), Moncton, Regina, St. John’s, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay
  • Swoop: Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
  • WestJet: Toronto–Pearson

Within the Caribbean, book flights to Punta Cana International Airport via:

  • Aerolíneas Argentinas: Havana
  • Frontier Airlines: (Seasonal: San Juan)
  • JetBlue: San Juan
  • Prinair Charter: Aguadilla

From Latin America, book flights to Punta Cana International Airport via:

  • Aerolíneas Argentinas: Buenos Aires–Ezeiza
  • Avianca: Bogota, Medellin–JMC
  • Copa Airlines: Panama City–Tocumen
  • Gol Transportes Aéreos: São Paulo–Guarulhos
  • LATAM Perú: Lima
  • RUTACA Airlines: Caracas, Maracaibo
  • Sky Airline Peru: Lima
  • Wingo: Bogota, Medellin–JMC
  • Viva Air Colombia: Medellin–JMC

From Europe, book flights to Punta Cana International Airport via:

  • Aeroflot: Moscow–Sheremetyevo (suspended)
  • Air Belgium: Brussels
  • Air Caraibes: Paris–Orly
  • Air Europa: Madrid
  • Air France: Paris–Charles de Gaulle
  • Azur Air Ukraine: Seasonal charter: Kyiv-Boryspil (suspended)
  • British Airways: London–Gatwick
  • Condor: Frankfurt (Seasonal charter: Düsseldorf, Munich)
  • Edelweiss Air: Zürich
  • Eurowings Discover: Frankfurt, Munich
  • Corsair International: (Seasonal: Paris–Orly)
  • Finnair: Seasonal: Helsinki
  • Iberojet: Madrid (Seasonal: Barcelona, Lisbon)
  • GullivAir: Seasonal charter: Bucharest, Sofia
  • Level: Seasonal: Barcelona
  • LOT Polish Airlines: Seasonal charter: Katowice, Prague, Warsaw–Chopin, Vilnius
  • Neos: Seasonal Charter: Vilnius
  • Nordwind Airlines: Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Seasonal charter: Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, Ufa, Yekaterinburg (all suspended)
  • TAP Air Portugal: Seasonal: Lisbon
  • TUI Airways: Birmingham, London–Gatwick, Manchester
  • TUI fly Belgium: Brussels
  • TUI fly Netherlands: Amsterdam
  • Wamos Air: Madrid
  • World2Fly: Madrid, Charter: Lisbon, Porto

Puerto Plata Airport:

Gregorio Luperón International Airport

Website | Address: Sosua, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Airport Codes: IATA: POP & ICAO: MDPP

Gregorio Luperón International Airport is located in the northern region of the Dominican Republic. It was built in 179 to boost tourism to the area and is just 20 minutes from the north coast city of Puerto Plata and neighboring tourist destinations, including Cabarete, Cofresí, Playa Dorada, Sosúa, and Cabarete.

From the United States, book flights to Gregorio Luperón International Airport via:

  • American Airlines: Miami Seasonal: Charlotte
  • JetBlue: Newark, New York–JFK, Seasonal: Boston
  • United Airlines: Newark

From Canada, book flights to Gregorio Luperón International Airport via:

  • Air Canada Rouge: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
  • Air Transat: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson; Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, London (ON), Ottawa, Québec City
  • Sunwing Airlines: Seasonal: Bagotville, Halifax, Moncton
  • WestJet: Toronto–Pearson

Within the Caribbean, book flights to Gregorio Luperón International Airport via:

  • InterCaribbean Airways: Providenciales

From Europe, book flights to Gregorio Luperón International Airport via:

  • Condor: Seasonal: Frankfurt
  • Edelweiss Air: Seasonal: Zurich
  • Eurowings Discover: Seasonal: Frankfurt
  • LOT Polish Airlines: Charter: Katowice, Seasonal charter: Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin
  • Nordwind Airlines: Charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
  • TUI fly Nordic: Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda

La Romana Airport:

La Romana International Airport

Website | Address: La Romana, Dominican Republic
Airport Codes: IATA: LRM & ICAO: MDLR

La Romana International Airport is located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic. It is just 10 minutes from Casa de Campo Resort on the southeast coast and only 20 minutes from Bayahibe. La Romana International Airport is located 68 miles from Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo.

From Canada, book flights to La Romana International Airport via:

  • Air Transat: Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Québec City, Toronto–Pearson

From Europe, book flights to La Romana International Airport via:

  • Air Caraïbes: Seasonal charter: Paris–Orly
  • Azur Air: Moscow–Vnukovo, St. Petersburg, Seasonal: Kazan, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Ufa, Yekaterinburg
  • Azur Air Ukraine: Seasonal charter: Kyiv-Boryspil
  • Condor: Seasonal charter: Frankfurt, Munich
  • Eurowings Discover: Seasonal charter: Frankfurt
  • Neos: Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
  • Ukraine International Airlines: Seasonal charter: Kyiv-Boryspil

Samaná Airport:

El Catey International Airport

Website | Address: El Catey, Samaná Province, Dominican Republic
Airport Codes: IATA: AZS & ICAO: MDCY

If you want to explore the Samaná peninsula, the best Dominican Republic airport to fly into is El Catey International Airport, also known as the Juan Bosch International Airport. The city of Samaná is 30 minutes away, and the destinations of Cosón, Las Terrenas, and Portillo on the Dominican Republic’s famed northeastern coast are 45 minutes away.

From the United States, book flights to El Catey International Airport via:

  • American Eagle: Seasonal: Miami

From Canada, book flights to El Catey International Airport via:

  • Air Canada Rouge: Montreal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
  • Air Transat: Montréal–Trudeau, Seasonal: Ottawa, Québec City, Toronto–Pearson
  • WestJet: Toronto–Pearson

From Europe, book flights to El Catey International Airport via:

  • Air Europa: Seasonal charter: Madrid
  • Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas: Madrid

Santiago Airport:

El Cibao International Airport

Website | Address: Licey in Santiago Province, Dominican Republic
Airport Codes: IATA: STI & ICAO: MDST

El Cibao International Airport, also known as Santiago Airport, is located 15 minutes from the city of Santiago in the central region and provides easy access to the nearby cities of La Vega, Jarabacoa, Constanza, San Francisco de Macorís, and Moca.

From the United States, book flights to El Cibao International Airport via:

  • American Airlines: Miami, Philadelphia
  • Delta Air Lines: New York–JFK
  • Spirit Airlines: Fort Lauderdale
  • United Airlines: Newark
  • JetBlue: Boston, Newark, New York–JFK

Within the Caribbean, book flights to El Cibao International Airport via:

  • Caicos Express Airways: Providenciales
  • InterCaribbean Airways: Providenciales
  • Silver Airways: San Juan

Barahona Airport:

María Montez International Airport

Website | Address: Barahona, Dominican Republic
Airport Codes: IATA: BRX & ICAO: MDBH

The Mara Montez International Airport is located at the entrance to the city of Barahona in the Dominican Republic’s southwest. It is named after the famous Dominican film actress known as the “Queen of Technicolor,” While an international airport, it primarily operates domestic flights.

Within the Caribbean, book flights to María Montez International Airport via:

  • Air Century: Seasonal: Santo Domingo–La Isabela
  • M&N Aviation: Seasonal: San Juan

Domestic Airports in the Dominican Republic 

Beyond the seven international Dominican Republic airports above, there are also several smaller ones that primarily cater to domestic flights. These include:

  • Arroyo Barril Airport (ABA) in Samaná on the northeast coast,
  • Constanza Airport (COZ) is located in the central mountain region,
  • Cabo Rojo Airport (CBJ) in Pedernales on the southwest coast, and 
  • Montecristi Airport (MTC) on the northwest coast.

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