Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
SJU Diagram.JPG
IATA: SJUICAO: TJSJFAA LID: SJU
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Puerto Rico Ports Authority
Operator Puerto Rico Ports Authority
Serves San Juan
Location Carolina, Puerto Rico
Hub for Cape Air
Elevation AMSL 9 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 18°26′21″N 066°00′07″W / 18.43917°N 66.00194°W / 18.43917; -66.00194Coordinates: 18°26′21″N 066°00′07″W / 18.43917°N 66.00194°W / 18.43917; -66.00194
Website San-Juan-Airport.com
Map
TJSJ is located in Puerto Rico
TJSJ
Location in Puerto Rico
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 9,783 2,982 Asphalt
10/28 8,016 2,443 Concrete
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 163,829
Passenger Movement 8,567,123
Based aircraft 88
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
Operations from the FAA[2]
Passengers from the Puerto Rico Ports Authority

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (IATA: SJUICAO: TJSJFAA LID: SJU) is a joint civil-military public airport located in Carolina, Puerto Rico, three miles (five kilometers) southeast of San Juan. Over 4 million passengers board a plane at the airport per year according to FAA reports (4.6 million in 2008[3]). It is owned and managed by the Puerto Rico Ports Authority.

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History

SJU's Control Tower

The airport opened on May 22, 1955. Located in the area known as Isla Verde, the airport was for many decades known as Isla Verde International Airport, until 1985, when then Governor Rafael Hernández Colón decided to name it after Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rico's first democratically elected governor.[citation needed]

The airport served as a Caribbean hub for Pan Am, Trans Caribbean Airways, Eastern Air Lines, and a short lived focus city for TWA. It was also the hub of Puerto Rico's international airline, Prinair from 1966 until 1984, when Prinair went bankrupt. In 1986, American Airlines (along with American Eagle) established a hub in the airport to compete with Eastern Air Lines (American then ended hub operations due to flight capacity cuts and remained a focus city until April 4, 2011). In the past, the airport has been served by Mexicana de Aviación, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, ACES Colombia, Air Jamaica, BWIA, Viasa, Avianca, Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Dominicana de Aviación, ATA Airlines and Northwest Airlines.[4]

Operations

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is the island's main international gateway and its main connection to the United States. Domestic flights fly between Carolina and other local destinations, including Culebra, Mayagüez, Ponce and Vieques. The airport offers rapid access to San Juan, the island's capital through the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge.

The airport serves as the Caribbean hub for American Eagle and Cape Air.[5] Recently the airport serves too as a focus city for JetBlue Airways,[6] operating 27 daily flights in summer 2011. JetBlue Airways is also the largest carrier in Puerto Rico.[7] Executive Airlines, under the American Eagle name, is the second largest operator in Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, with a total of 25 daily flights.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Runway 10/28 at night
Destinations with non-stop service from SJU

The Luis Muñoz Marín Airport has one main terminal building with four concourses and a new terminal building which will have one concourse.

The departure area of the main terminal building is divided into four ticket counter areas sorted by carriers: (1) American Airlines, (2) Continental Airlines and Jetblue Airways, (3) Delta Air Lines, and (4) all the other airlines that provide service to the aiport. The American Airlines area is nearest to concourses D and E, the Continental and JetBlue and Delta areas are nearest to concourse C and the remaining area is nearest to concouse B.

The original airport design had a different layout which consisted of three terminals B, C and D. New signing around the airport changed this.

Note: Gates 1A - 1F and gates 2 - 3 in concourse E are currently vacant due to American Airlines' San Juan hub cuts.

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Air Canada Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson B
Air Sunshine St. Thomas, Tortola, Vieques, Virgin Gorda B
AirTran Airways Atlanta, Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale [begins May 24, 2012][8], Orlando, Tampa B
American Airlines Caracas, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Hartford/Springfield, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK D, E
American Eagle Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Fort-de-France, Grenada, La Romana, Pointe-à-Pitre, Punta Cana, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo, Tortola D
Anguilla Air Express
(operated by Rainbow International Airlines)
Anguilla B
British Airways London-Gatwick1 D
Cape Air Anguilla, Mayagüez, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Tortola, Vieques B
Condor Frankfurt [resumes December 21] C
Continental Airlines Houston-Intercontinental, Newark
Seasonal: Cleveland
C
Copa Airlines Panama City C
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
B
Direct Air operated by various carriers Lakeland [begins May 2, 2012], Niagara Falls [begins May 4, 2012], Plattsburgh [begins May 2, 2012], Worcester [begins May 3, 2012]
Iberia Madrid D
Insel Air Curaçao, St. Maarten C
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford/Springfield [begins January 5],[9] Jacksonville, New York-JFK, Orlando, Santo Domingo, St. Croix [begins December 12], St. Maarten, St. Thomas [begins December 12], Tampa C
LIAT Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tortola B
PAWA Dominicana Seasonal: Punta Cana, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo C
Seaborne Airlines St. Croix, St. Thomas, Vieques[10] B
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Orlando C
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul C
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson C
Tradewind Aviation St. Barth B
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles B
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia B
Vieques Air Link Vieques B
WestJet Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson C
Notes
  • ^1 Although British Airways' flight to London-Gatwick stops in Antigua, British Airways has no rights to transport passengers between San Juan and Antigua.

Air charters

Airlines Destinations
Air France Seasonal: Guadeloupe
Avianca Seasonal: Bogotá
C.T.S. operated by American Eagle Santiago de Cuba
Expressjet Seasonal: Punta Cana
Miami Air Varies, depending on the tour operator
M&N Aviation Caribbean
Omni Air International Varies, depending on the tour operator
Ryan International Airlines Varies, depending on the tour operator
USA 3000 Airlines Seasonal:Punta Cana
USA Jet Airlines Seasonal: Puerto Plata, Punta Cana

Top destinations

Busiest U.S. Routes from SJU
(SJU outbound passengers only) (September 2010 - August 2011)
[11]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Flag of New York.svg New York City, NY (JFK) 511,000 American, Delta, JetBlue
2 Flag of Florida.svg Orlando, FL (MCO) 431,000 AirTran, JetBlue, Spirit
3 Flag of Florida.svg Miami, FL 423,000 American
4 Flag of Georgia (U.S. state).svg Atlanta, GA 371,000 AirTran, Delta
5 Flag of Florida.svg Fort Lauderdale, FL 255,000 JetBlue, Spirit
6 Flag of Pennsylvania.svg Philadelphia, PA 228,000 US Airways
7 Flag of Massachusetts.svg Boston, MA 149,000 JetBlue
8 Flag of North Carolina.svg Charlotte, NC 143,000 US Airways
9 Flag of Texas.svg Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 132,000 American
10 Flag of Illinois.svg Chicago, IL (ORD) 127,000 American, United

Traffic statistics

Passenger statistics for Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport[12][13][14][15]
Year Total Passengers  % Change
2001 9,453,564 -
2002 9,389,232 decrease0.7%
2003 9,716,687 increase3.5%
2004 10,568,986 increase8.8%
2005 10,768,698 increase1.9%
2006 10,506,118 decrease2.4%
2007 10,409,464 decrease0.9%
2008 9,378,924 decrease9.9%
2009 8,245,895 decrease12.1%
2010 8,491,257 increase3.0%

Military/cargo ramps

Military ramp

Cargo services

Airlines Destinations
ABX Air Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Greensboro
Air Cargo Carriers Antigua, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Tortola
Ameriflight Aguadilla, Aruba, Barbados, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Thomas
Amerijet International Miami, Port-au-Prince
Capital Cargo International Airlines
DHL operated by ABX Air Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Greensboro
FedEx Express Memphis, Miami, Campinas
FedEx Feeder operated by Mountain Air Cargo Antigua, Pointe-a-Pitre, Ponce, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Tortola
M&N Aviation
Roblex Aviation
Tampa Cargo Barbados, Bogotá
Tradewinds Airlines
UPS Airlines Jacksonville, Louisville

Airport expansion

As of 2008, the airport has been receiving major upgrades, including a new terminal (Terminal A), pavement and apron expansions, new light systems, press conference rooms, and new fast food franchises along its corridors.

Over $400 million are being used to expand the airport facilities through 2011. The new Terminal A opening date is yet to be announced.

Accidents and incidents

In popular culture

  • In the 1982 movie Conexión Caribe, music group Los Chicos arrived at the Luis Muňoz Marín International Airport from the Dominican Republic on board an Oceanair airplane.
  • Music group Menudo recorded a music video for their song "Claridad", in 1981 at the nearby Isla Verde Beach in Piňones. A Lockheed L-1011 aircraft is seen landing at Luis Muňoz Marín International Airport in the video.
  • The airport is seen in several scenes of action film Illegal Tender, where a Puerto Rican youngster flies to the country from the United States several times.

References

  1. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for SJU (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-03-15
  2. ^ Air Traffic Activity System
  3. ^ Blog[dead link]
  4. ^ airlineroute.net retrieved 10/31/2009
  5. ^ Official AMR Website Profile with Hub List retrieved 5/27/2008
  6. ^ investor.jetblue.com
  7. ^ investor.jetblue.com
  8. ^ http://www.southwest.com/html/cs/investor_relations/if_news_releases.html?int=GFOOTER-ABOUT-PRESS
  9. ^ investor.jetblue.com
  10. ^ New flights to San Juan International Seaborne Airlines
  11. ^ Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  12. ^ Passenger Movement LMM International Airport 2001-2006 Puerto Rico Ports Authority
  13. ^ Passenger Movement LMM International Airport 2002-2007 Puerto Rico Ports Authority
  14. ^ Passenger Movement LMM International Airport 2008-2009 Puerto Rico Ports Authority
  15. ^ Passenger Movement LMM International Airport Jul 2009-Jun 2011 Puerto Rico Ports Authority
  16. ^ "N27PR Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19860722-0. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  17. ^ "NTSB Identification: MIA86MA217". National Transportation Safety Board. https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001213X34261&key=1. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  18. ^ a b "N28PR Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19890301-0. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "NTSB Identification: MIA89FA096". National Transportation Safety Board. http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001213X27932&key=1. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  20. ^ "N100DW Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19890917-8. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  21. ^ Aviation Safety Network retrieved 27 November 2006
  22. ^ "N19BA Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20010404-0. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  23. ^ "MIA01IA110". National Transportation Safety Board. http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief2.asp?ev_id=20010410X00726&ntsbno=MIA01IA110&akey=1. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  24. ^ "N136FS Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20090426-0. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  25. ^ Hradecky, Simon (27 April 2009). "Accident: Four Star Cargo DC3 at San Juan on Apr 26th 2009, cockpit burned off airframe". The Aviation Herald. http://avherald.com/h?article=418b8766. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  26. ^ FAA.gov
  27. ^ Cargo plane gear collapses near San Juan, PR

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