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Punta Cana International Airport in the Dominican Republic.
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From Puerto Rico to Punta Cana, the Caribbean’s Busiest Airports

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - November 14, 2023

Puerto Rico’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport is the busiest airport in the Caribbean, according to new data from analytics firm ForwardKeys. 

The airport, which has seen sizzling passenger traffic growth so far in 2023, is the 80th-busiest airport the world — up from 110th place in 2019. 

The second busiest? Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, which has seen 32 percent growth since 2019, followed by another Dominican airport, Las Americas in Santo Domingo, which has seen 58 percent growth in outbound traffic since before the pandemic. 

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Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Puerto Rico.

Coming in third is Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport, reporting what ForwardKeys called “notable progress.”

“Improved air connectivity is a game-changer for Caribbean economies, unlocking unparalleled opportunities for travel retail and hospitality businesses growth. By attracting a surge in tourists, it catalyzes economic expansion, drives retail demand, and fosters a thriving business ecosystem. This surge in connectivity not only boosts revenue streams but also fuels infrastructure development and creates employment, making it a pivotal driver of economic prosperity for businesses in the Caribbean region” says Juan A. Gomez Garcia, Head of Market Intelligence at ForwardKeys.

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Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau.

Rounding out the top 10 are Jose Marti in Havana; Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, The Bahamas; Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba; Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados; Pointe a Pitre Le Raizet Airport in Guadeloupe; and a third Dominican airport, Cibao International Airport. 

You can find the full list of airports below, including their performance in outbound traffic as compared to 2019. 

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