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Top 10 Caribbean Airports?  
User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10003 posts, RR: 15
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 27049 times:

Hi everybody,

I was reading a thread about BGI and was thinking of the top 10 list of Caribbean airports. When looking at the number of flights (aircraft movements/frequencies) operated to the airport how would the top 10 list look like?

Here's my summary:

1. San Juan (SJU)
2. Santo Domingo (SDQ)
3. Montego Bay (MBJ)
4. Kingston (KIN)
5. Barbados (BGI)
6. St. Martin (SXM)
7. Aruba (AUA)
8. Port of Spain (POS)
9. Georgetown (GCM)
10. Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP)

My list is only based on photos I've seen on internet and my general experience over the years and doesn't include the number of passengers handled at each of these airports. In my opinion some of these airports come pretty close to each other, such as Santo Domingo (SDQ), MBJ/KIN and SXM/AUA. Also, as far as I know GCM has more airlines flying there, but POS has its own airline (BW) which gives them a higher ranking compared to GCM. The same goes for PTP which has its own airline that gives them a place in the top 10 list as well. Don't flame me if I'm totally wrong here. That's why I'm asking your opinions on this particular topic.

What's your top 10 Caribbean list? Any feedback is appreciated 

Best regards,

A388

[Edited 2005-11-06 05:48:16]

[Edited 2005-11-06 05:53:43]

[Edited 2005-11-06 06:02:06]

75 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineIslandboy From Bahamas, joined Dec 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 27015 times:

A) GCM has its own airline as well...

If including the Bahamas and Bermuda considering they are classified as Caribbean..I would say.

1. SJU
2. NAS
3. MBJ
3. SDQ
4. GCM
5. POS
6. KIN
7. AUA
8. BGI
9. SXM
10. BDA



Looks like the fresh wind has gone stale
User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10003 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 27004 times:

Thanks for the reaction Islandboy. I know the Bahamas and Bermuda are also in the Caribbean but I wouldn't have thaught they have so much flights according to your list. Interesting Big grin I was hesitating between MBJ and SDQ but yes, MBJ might as well have more flights than SDQ. Does POS have more flights than SXM? POS has its own airline but other than that there are not that much other airlines/flights to POS. But as I said, interesting to read... Big grin

A388


User currently offlineFlypdx From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 636 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 27005 times:

Yeah, I was going to say. NAS was jumping when we flew out of there last year. They had service from AA, AA Eagle, Delta, DL Connection, CO, CO Express, NW, US, B6, BA, Bahamas Air, and Song. (I hope I got them all!) I know that Delta has a pretty big operation there, and AA/Eagle have quite a few flights as well!

User currently offlineIslandboy From Bahamas, joined Dec 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 27005 times:

Quoting A388 (Reply 2):
Thanks for the reaction Islandboy. I know the Bahamas and Bermuda are also in the Caribbean but I wouldn't have thaught they have so much flights according to your list. Interesting I was hesitating between MBJ and SDQ but yes, MBJ might as well have more flights than SDQ. Does POS have more flights than SXM? POS has its own airline but other than that there are not that much other airlines/flights to POS. But as I said, interesting to read...

Actually SXM might possibly have more flights than POS with all the island hopping that goes on with Liat and Carribean Star. My mistake. MBJ does indeed have more traffic than SDQ. The Bahamas gets a lot of flights because of it's location. Airlines can run double daily..

Quoting Flypdx (Reply 3):
Yeah, I was going to say. NAS was jumping when we flew out of there last year. They had service from AA, AA Eagle, Delta, DL Connection, CO, CO Express, NW, US, B6, BA, Bahamas Air, and Song. (I hope I got them all!) I know that Delta has a pretty big operation there, and AA/Eagle have quite a few flights as well!

The list is almost accurate. You left out Cubana and Air Jamaica...as well as NK, AC, Skyservice, TS, VS and UA will be joining in Dec. Eagle dominates the Florida-->Bahamas corridor with 10x MIA--3/4x FLL--x TPA-- x MCO



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User currently offlineBigdrewfl From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 26935 times:

Someone forgot to mention Punta Cana (PUJ) Dominican Republic lots of Charter and international flights in and out of there.

User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10003 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 26908 times:

Quoting Bigdrewfl (Reply 5):
Someone forgot to mention Punta Cana (PUJ) Dominican Republic lots of Charter and international flights in and out of there.

I thaught about PUJ, buy didn't include them in the top 10 list. I see PUJ more as charter destination with varying flights which can make PUJ a difficult airport to rank. Which airlines fly to PUJ and what are the frequencies?

A388


User currently offlineOptionsCLE From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 467 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 26888 times:

To PUJ from the USA:

AA flies scheduled from MIA and SJU.
CO from EWR and IAH.
DL from ATL.
NW from MSP.
UA from IAD.
US from CLT, PHL.
U5 scheduled charters from CLE, EWR, ORD, PHL among others.


AF flies scheduled service from CDG I believe.


User currently offlineLetsgetwet From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 26801 times:

Bermuda and Bahamas are not in the Caribbean.

User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6789 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 26793 times:

Quoting Letsgetwet (Reply 8):
Bermuda and Bahamas are not in the Caribbean.

I think Bahamas is considered Caribbean, but Bermuda is definitely not.



Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlineLetsgetwet From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 26783 times:

The Bahama Islands are technically not in the Caribbean Sea. But CUN is.

User currently offlineIslandboy From Bahamas, joined Dec 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 26691 times:

Quoting Letsgetwet (Reply 10):
The Bahama Islands are technically not in the Caribbean Sea. But CUN is.

The Bermuda and the Bahamas are not located in the Caribbean Sea but are classified and labelled as such because of diplomatic ties. CUN is not Caribbean no matter where it lies..it is part of Mexico and therefore Latin America.



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User currently offlineAA767400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2401 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 26652 times:

Quoting Islandboy (Reply 11):
The Bermuda and the Bahamas are not located in the Caribbean Sea but are classified and labelled as such because of diplomatic ties. CUN is not Caribbean no matter where it lies..it is part of Mexico and therefore Latin America.

Agreed. Always has been.

As far as Cuba,Dominican Republic,Puerto Rico, and many current/former French islands can also be considered Latin America.

I would say that SJU, and MBJ, have the busiest stations in the Caribbean.



"The low fares airline."
User currently offlineLetsgetwet From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 26653 times:

The title of the thread is "Caribbean Airports". If the airport is NOT in the Caribbean it doesn't belong in this discussion. CUN is IN the Caribbean as much as CZM is. How about the Bay islands off Honduras and Belize? They're not either? This has nothing to do with "political ties" , it has to do with GEOGRAPHY.

User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10003 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 26637 times:

I'll be more specific. My top 10 list is for airports in the Caribbean Sea. Maybe this clears the thread/posts a bit more.

Thank you so far for all the replies. Keep them coming Big grin

A388


User currently offlineAA767400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2401 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 26624 times:

Quoting Letsgetwet (Reply 13):
The title of the thread is "Caribbean Airports". If the airport is NOT in the Caribbean it doesn't belong in this discussion. CUN is IN the Caribbean as much as CZM is. How about the Bay islands off Honduras and Belize? They're not either? This has nothing to do with "political ties" , it has to do with GEOGRAPHY.

You are the one that brought in CUN, and now CZM.  sarcastic 

And yes, the Bay lslands off Honduras are IN the Caribbean.



"The low fares airline."
User currently offlineLetsgetwet From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 26593 times:

Quoting AA767400 (Reply 15):
You are the one that brought in CUN, and now CZM.

And yes, the Bay lslands off Honduras are IN the Caribbean.

This precisely my point. If the Bay Islands are in the Caribbean, than so is CZM. And CUN is ON the Caribbean. But Bermuda and Bahamas are neither IN or ON the Caribbean.
If you go to a travel agent and ask him to book you a Caribbean Vacation he is not going to send you to Bermuda or Bahamas.


User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 26559 times:

Depends on how you look at it though. Politically speaking, the Bahamas is Caribbean. Geographically speak they are not. But in this case we are talking about the busy caribbean airports then I think we can consider the bahamas. They are part of CARICOM.

The airports that I know are really busy in the region are, MBJ, BGI, SXM, POS, SDQ, NAS, SJU, AUA. NAS is really busy not so much in variety, but the fact that some airlines have a number of flights a day, US for example up to 4 a day. American Eagle every hour. BGI has the variety especially when the charters come in. POS is extremely busy with BW. But they have others like AA, CO etc. They have 14 jetways that are used in the airport. (Not many islands have jetways) GCM is busy, and really so is PLS they get alot of movement from the US and Europe. Then islands like UVF and ANU can be considered they get quite a variety of airlines as well.



There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineIluv747400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 26547 times:

How about Havana? It must have a fair amount of traffic.

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 26539 times:

I would imagine that HAV has its fair share. I have seen pics from the airport. But i am rather ashamed to say that I know nothing about Havana even though I am from the caribbean...


There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineNeo From Brazil, joined Jan 2001, 672 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 26466 times:

Quoting Letsgetwet (Reply 13):
The title of the thread is "Caribbean Airports". If the airport is NOT in the Caribbean it doesn't belong in this discussion. CUN is IN the Caribbean as much as CZM is. How about the Bay islands off Honduras and Belize? They're not either? This has nothing to do with "political ties" , it has to do with GEOGRAPHY.

This is nonsense, of course the Bahamas and Bermuda are part of the Caribbean, even though they are not located in the Caribbean sea. Let's clear something here, the Caribbean is one thing, the Caribbean sea is another.

Just take a look at the map below:

http://www.globaldialysis.com/caribbean.asp


In the other hand, CUN is located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, but it is not considered part of the Caribbean region.

Hope this clear things out!

Rgs,

Neo

[Edited 2005-11-06 19:45:15]

[Edited 2005-11-06 19:45:56]

User currently offlineAA767400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2401 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 26448 times:

Quoting Letsgetwet (Reply 16):
If you go to a travel agent and ask him to book you a Caribbean Vacation he is not going to send you to Bermuda or Bahamas.

He will book you to the Bahamas, but not Bermuda. All in all, they both go with the Caribbean region in many terms. Just like Guyana is very much a big part of Caribbean culture, with very strong ties to Many former/current British islands. Geographically they are part of South America. Geographically Bermuda is not part of any land mass, but is tied with the Caribbean due to many years of close ties with that region from day one.

And yes, CUN, and CZM, are IN the Caribbean.

Quoting Iluv747400 (Reply 18):
How about Havana? It must have a fair amount of traffic

HAV, is pretty much a sleeping giant. It does not have a large amount of traffic, with the bulk of it coming from many charter flights. Even regular services are limited. CM,CU,MX,JM,AC, and others have a good amount of services, but in the general picture of the Caribbean, it lags behind.



"The low fares airline."
User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4700 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 26406 times:

You might argue if MIA could be considered Caribbean, and for that matter, other Florida airports.


Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 26392 times:

Guyana is also part of CARICOM, the entity that somewhat unifies the goverments in the caribbean region, in terms trade etc. The Bahamas is too. Bermuda is not, neither is it in the Caribbean Sea. I don't think there are any factors that make Bermuda a caribbean island in whatever way you look at it.. It is an independent island, in the atlantic ocean that is part of the british commonwealth. That is pretty much it.


There is something special about planes....
User currently offlinePRAirbus From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2005, 1144 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 26379 times:

In terms of size (over 40 jet-bridges), traffic (paxs' scheduled and cargo) plus 2 runways, SJU is by far the busiest and largest in the Caribbean. Keep in mind AA and American Eagle run a vast operation there. SJU is getting another expansion w/a new terminal (Terminal A) including addt'l jetways. AA/Am. Eagle fly over 125 daily flights in SJU. AA covers around 13 nonstop US cities from SJU and a few Caribbean cities (STT/SXM/ANU/AUA/SDQ) and CCS. American Eagle flies to many other Caribbean destinations.

25 MAh4546 : AA also flies JFK-PUJ, while UA has flown ORD-PUJ before IAD-PUJ, which just launches this month (or next?). Also, U5 flights are not scheduled chart
26 Post contains links Captaink : Well SJU def. is the biggest of the airports in the caribbean regioin. SJU is actually an AA hub if i am not mistaken. Can't really beat that. This si
27 Trintocan : I would be tempted to go with IslandBoy's list of the Top 10 as probably being correct although BGI is above POS in terms of flights because of the ma
28 DarthRandall : With the growing popularity of the Virgin Islands, I would imagine STT may be climbing it's way up onto the list.
29 Halophila : That map is very misleading for BDA. Bermuda is a long, long way north of anwhere near the Caribbean (including Bahamas) - it's only a 1.5 hr flight
30 Letsgetwet : There is no part of Florida that is in or on the Caribbean Sea. Florida is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, the Straights of Florida and the Atlanti
31 Manu : Just to add to the confusion, almost all of the island you've listed have one shore in the Atlantic, and another in the Caribbean sea. I've worked fo
32 Letsgetwet : I agree. Basically, the division between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean is the Yucatan Channel. Off the top off my head the Islands in the Cari
33 A388 : These are the islands I'm referring to, the islands that are actually located in the Caribbean Sea and not the Gulf of Mexico or that area. To make i
34 Islandboy : Therefore..you phrased your question wrong. You asked for the "Top 10 busiest Caribbean destinations". I supplied what i believed IMO to be it. You d
35 A388 : I know the Bahamas and Bermuda are included in the Caribbean, but as I thaught traffic to these islands wasn't that high as it appears now, I didn't i
36 Letsgetwet : Islandboy. I can't believe that you live in the Bahamas, and you don't understand that you DO NOT LIVE IN THE CARIBBEAN !! I'm going to say it one mor
37 Islandboy : This has to be the most dumbest context of something I've ever seen. Realise this...every Caribbean Government recognizes The Bahamas as being in the
38 Xkorpyoh : PUJ is the busiest airport in Hispaniola nowadays. There are tons of charters to FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, SPAIN, U.K., NETHERLANDS, AUSTRIA, all wideb
39 Letsgetwet : CARICOM is an international organization, not a geographical place. Just as NATO or the OAS. Bermuda is an island 580 miles east of North Carolina in
40 Captaink : Letsgetwet, geografical position is not the only factor to be considered when talking about who is in/part of the caribbean or not. (Why is alaska an
41 Letsgetwet : I realize that I am being a little stubborn on this technicality so I would like to apologize if I have offended anyone, and if Islandboy wants to liv
42 Islandboy : It's not that i want to live in the Caribbean....it's just what is being taught at schools and linked through history. I know we aren't flanked by th
43 Neo : Again all nonsense!!! Let me try to explain to you. The Caribbean Sea is not the same thing as the Caribbean region Geographically speaking. It doesn
44 Letsgetwet : Now that's where I'm going to draw the line. Hawaii is a state in the United States but there is no way that you could say it is in North America. I
45 BDABOY : Bermuda is not in the Caribbean, either in geographic or political terms. I know- I live there.
46 Neo : From what I know it is not in my country they are starting banning geography from schools!!! What your are not getting is that even though Hawaii is
47 Xkorpyoh : For marketing purposes, BDA and Bahamas are considered caribbean because they belong to the same tourism market: Sun & Sand For the purpose of this q
48 Letsgetwet : The title of this thread is Top 10 Caribbean Airports. Not Top 10 Airports Politically connected to the Caribbean Region. Geography and Politics are
49 Post contains images Bond007 : So....the question wasn't 'Top 10 Carribbean Airports Geographically' either Anyway, WHY would is so difficult to maybe include Bermuda, and the Baha
50 Letsgetwet : What about AUA, I think it would rank ahead of St.Thomas,Barbados and Tortola. And if we are going to a include Nassau,I believe we should also inclu
51 Bond007 : Well, it was included and didn't make it in the top ten. The reason some of these small islands are in the list is due to much inter-island traffic i
52 Letsgetwet : What if we went by passenger loads.
53 A388 : Good thaught, how would the top 10 list look like if you look at the passenger loads? A388
54 Bond007 : Yes, probably different, although San Juan probably still on top. Some big stuff going to St. Maarten for sure. Jimbo
55 A388 : You are absolutely right, the list would be different. No matter how you look at it, I think SJU will always be the bussiest airport, both passenger
56 Luisde8cd : The most important Caribbean airport is CUN, followed closely by SJU. TOP 3 Number of pax per year 1) CUN 10.000.000 2) SJU 9.100.000 3) CCS 7.000.000
57 Captaink : Ok whatever we all think is in the caribbean is. CUN, CCS whatever. But this is interesting. I think, I really think NAS is pretty high up too in term
58 Captaink : Here is what I know from NAS, this is from my ATC friend... DAL : 1-JFK, 1-LGA, 2-ATL, 2-FLL, 4-MCO, 2-TPA USA : 2-PHL, 2-CLT, 1-DCA, 1-LGA 1-BOS Sats
59 Flypdx : I didn't know that UAL added flights. They didn't fly there back last December. I believe that they codeshared with CO connection (props)
60 MD90fan : Isnt there also a CVG-NAS on DL/DCI?
61 Islandboy : CaptainInk..that list is almost correct. USA: Delta: 1-JFK, 2-ATL, 1-LGA Delta Connecton: 4-MCO, 2-FLL, 2-TPA, 2-CVG (sometimes upgraded to 738) US Ai
62 Captaink : Thanks islandboy.. now that is quite list. Are we talking about MIA or NAS.. Just joking. But seriously NAS has a lot of traffic for a tiny island. Wa
63 123 : Loud and clear: Bahamas, Bermuda, and MIA = Atlantic!
64 Aircanada333 : OKAY JUST COME BACK we don't care if it is or not we just want to know the then best airports! I'll say like Bond007 just ignore it please.
65 Islandboy : Even louder and clearer...it's already been discussed. Read up ^^
66 Abrelosojos : This has to be the most amusing post in a while. -A.
67 Post contains images 123 : Ah, I just could not withhold my smart comment
68 Post contains images Bond007 : Yeah...I'm a traffic guy, not a pax guy Jimbo
69 Post contains images A388 : You are right, it's funny, but I'm more interested in the top 10 list like others have said here already. So keep it coming A388
70 Post contains images A388 : By the way, I wouldn't have thaught NAS would rank so high in the list. I knew NAS has a lot of commuter flights from Florida, but didn't think it wou
71 Bond007 : Here is a snapshot of Nassau arrivals today ... no guarantees of accuracy, but gives an idea (probably missing some international arrivals): | BAW252
72 Fpofllflyboi : Hey Islandboy, just out of curiousity and no disrespect to you or your schooling, but what school taught you that? The Primary and High schools that
73 Islandboy : Notice what i said...I never said the Bahamas was in the Caribbean, but that we were linked because of cultural and politcal alikes.
74 Letsgetwet : The United States and England are linked by cultural and political ties too, but that doesn't put their airports in the same region.
75 Islandboy : Would you give up rehashing the same thing over and over. I refuse to believe that (according to your profile) a man of your age carries on like a ba
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