Puerto Rico has two international airports, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in Isla Verde, San Juan; and Rafael Hernández International Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla on the west coast. The only other airport to service flights from the United States is Mercedita International Airport (PSE) in Ponce on the South coast.
Regional airports serving commercial travel are Isla Grande Airport (SIG) near Old San Juan; Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport (RVR) in Ceiba; Eugenio María de Hostos Airport (MAZ) in Mayagüez; Vieques Airport (VQS) in Isabel Segunda; and Culebra Airport (CPX) in Culebra. Airports in Fajardo and Humacao have been closed to commercial service.
Air fares to Puerto Rico fluctuate in price throughout the year, but the cheapest rates can typically be secured during the off-season, May–October, which is also hurricane season.
From North America
Direct flights to San Juan are available from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New York City, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
The following airlines offer flights to San Juan from the United States:
- AirTran (800/247-8726, www.airtran.com)
- American Airlines (800/433-7300, www.aa.com)
- Continental Airlines (800/231-0856 or 800/523-3273, www.continental.com)
- Delta Air Lines (800/221-1212 or 800/325-1999, www.delta.com)
- JetBlue Airways (800/538-2583, www.jetblue.com)
- Spirit Airlines (800/772-7117, www.spiritairlines.com)
- United Airlines (800/864-8331, www.ual.com)
- U.S. Airways (800/428-4322, www.usairways.com)
Direct flights to Aguadilla are operated by Jet Blue (from Orlando and from JFK in New York City); Spirit Airlines (from Fort Lauderdale); Delta (from Newark); and Continental (from Newark). Direct flights to Ponce are operated by Jet Blue (from JFK in New York City and from Orlando).
In Canada, direct flights to San Juan are operated by Air Canada (888/247-2262, www.aircanada.com) from Montréal and Toronto.
British Airways (www.britishairways.com) offers connecting flights from the United Kingdom to San Juan via New York City or Miami. Iberia (www.iberia.com) offers direct flights to San Juan from Madrid.
Connecting flights from Australia are operated by United (through Los Angeles and Chicago) and American Airlines (through New York City).
From the Caribbean
Several small airlines offer flights to San Juan from throughout the Caribbean. They include Air Sunshine (888/879-8900, www.airsunshine.com) from St. Croix, St. Thomas, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Vieques; Cape Air (800/352-0714, www.flycapeair.com) from St. Croix, St. Thomas, and Tortola; and Liat Airline (888/844-5428, www.liatairline.com) from 22 destinations in the eastern Caribbean.
© Suzanne Van Atten from Moon Puerto Rico, 2nd Edition