The B-terminal of Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), Dominican Republic, commenced operations on June 30 following the expansion of the terminal building.
The first flight from the expanded terminal building brought 189 passengers all the way to Charlotte, United States, on American Airlines flight AA2925.
New terminal – new outlook
Terminal B of the Punta Cana International Airport, was on June 30 opened to the passengers after receiving an expansion. Through five days of operation, the terminal has handled 60 flights, totalling 17,923 passengers mobilized.
Frank Elías Rainieri, CEO of Grupo Puntacana, said the following on the completed expansion: “The expansion of Terminal B is one of our most anticipated expansion projects this year, being an example in the aeronautical world, as there are few terminals in Latin America with this infrastructure design.”
“Its quality can be compared to any airport in the world. We project that, with this addition, the airport will exceed 11 million passengers annually,”
“As a company we work to offer unique experiences at our facilities. We hope our visitors will enjoy this terminal. We have great expectations with this extension, which raises the standards of our airport to an international level, because we believe in things such as service, innovation and imagination,”
The expansion of Terminal B has an investment of more than USD$90 million, and will allow the airport to handle 5,000 passengers per hour and 4 million passengers per year.
Additionally, the expansion covers more than 35,000 square meters, seven new boarding gates and jet bridges – all developed by Dominican architects and engineers.
The terminal’s features
Terminal B of the Punta Cana Int’l Airport sticks out as one of the most modern airports in the region, featuring a lot of different amenities, such as a VIP Lounge, which features a swimming pool and an impressive view of the runway, Fast Track service and a modern food truck area with a wide gastronomic variety.
Terminal B also features self-service kiosks, migration with e-gates, 10 state-of-the-art body scanners, 8 tomographic machines and 4 automated machines, making it one of the most modern in terms of equipment in Latin America.
About the Punta Cana airport
Punta Cana’s Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is located at the very east point of the Dominican Republic, and is one of largest and most served airports in the region.
The airport is regularly served by carriers such as JetBlue, American Airlines, Frontier, Delta and United, just to name a few.
However, the destination is also a seasonally served destination to European charter operators, such as TUI and Condor.
The airport was first opened for commercial operations on December 17, 1983, starting off with just a 1,500 meter long runway and a 300 square meter terminal building.
The airport saw its first international flight take place around a month later in 1984, when a flight operated by Prinair flew from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Punta Cana.
The most served route of the detsination per 2021 statstics was between New York’s John F. Kennedy Int’l Airport (JFK) and Punta Cana (PUJ), recording 397,749 passengers that year, on that route alone.
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