Princess Juliana International Airport
Saint Martin/Sint Maarten Airport
Address: Airport Rd, Simpson Bay, St Maarten
Altitude: 4 m/13 ft
Phone: +1 721-546-7542
Owner: Princess Juliana Int’l Airport Holding Company N.V.
Tel: +599 (0) 545 2210
IATA code: SXM
ICAO code: TNCM
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St Maarten Princess Juliana airport arrivals and departures
Princess Juliana International Airport is located in the southwest of the island. It is the arrival airport for Saint Martin (French) and Sint Maarten (Dutch). It is located in the Dutch part of the island. The airport serves as a hub for the smaller islands in the area such as Anguilla, Saba and St Eustatius.
St Maarten is an island in the Caribbean Sea that is named after Saint Martin. The island has been divided into a Dutch and a French part since the 17th century. In the Dutch part, the official language is English. Flying to St Maarten is mainly done to celebrate a holiday. The weather is pleasant almost all year round and nature is particularly beautiful both on the island and underwater. The island is surrounded by coral reefs. St Maarten is in the path of the hurricanes that sweep over the area. In 2017, the island was hit by Hurricane Irma.
The 7,500 feet runway allows reasonably large planes to have SXM departures. It is a spectacular sight when you see the Princess Juliana Airport arrivals from Maho beach. The planes land just above the beach before landing. In the past, hurricanes have caused major damage to the runway and the terminal.
The short runway is also immediately noticeable; this runway of the Sint Maarten airport is only 2300 meters long. This is on the short side, especially for the larger devices; this is also the reason that the larger aircraft fly really low over the beach in Sint Maarten. Incidentally, this situation ensures that Princess Juliana International Airport is known as one of the most dangerous airports. However, you will not notice this yourself when you arrive by plane on Sint Maarten.
Top routes from SXM
- SBH – St. John
- AXA – The Valley
- JFK – New York
- ANU – Antigua
- SAB – Saba
- EWR – Newark
- MIA – Miami
- EUX – Saint Eustatius
- EIS – Beef Island
- CUR – Curacao
History of Juliana international airport
It is now largely used as a passenger airport. It didn’t start that way in 1942, when the US military served Sint Maarten airport departures during the world war. The first commercial flight came a year later. The former Queen of the Netherlands landed on the island for the first time in 1942. The airport is named after the Queen. It took at least another 20 years before the airport of Sint Maarten received an upgrade and a new location. A few improvements were slowly made in 1985. Then a plan was drawn up to thoroughly modernize Juliana Airport. This was completed in 2001, during which the runway was considerably improved and the capacity of the taxiways was increased. The terminal was also upgraded with a new apron. The first phase was subsequently completed in 2001. The control town also had to be renewed, as did the radar facility, terminal and some technical improvements to the runway. in the years of 2004-2006 it was all completed. This has ensured that Sint Maarten can handle arrivals for the large 747 aircraft.
Transportation at Sint Maarten
To get to your final destination from the airport you can use the taxi or VIP services.
- For a taxi ride from Sint Maarten Princess Juliana Airport to Philipsburg you pay 36 Antillean guilders or 20 American dollars. A taxi to the holiday destinations of Maho and Simpson Bay is cheaper. A taxi to the hotels and resorts in Oyster Pond (Dawn Beach) and Orient Bay Beach in the east of Sint Maarten is more expensive. The airport taxi rank can be found directly in front of the terminal, where you will find official taxis from Airport Taxi Association.
- You can use a rental car to explore the island. There are several car rental companies located at Sint Maarten Airport. If you reserve a car online, you can easily compare the conditions and prices. The rental cars are parked within walking distance outside the terminal. After arrival, a car can also be rented at many car rental companies such as Alamo, Budget, Safari, Hertz, Avis, Thrifty and more.
- Public buses and private minibuses run on the island, in the Dutch and French parts of Sint Maarten. Unfortunately, you cannot travel to and from Sint Maarten Princess Juliana Airport by public transport, but minibuses do stop at the airport. On the front of the minivan you can see the destination, for a ticket you pay a few dollars. You can only travel with minibuses on Sint Maarten if you have little or no luggage with you. It is possible to travel by public transport between the capital of the Dutch part (Philipsburg) and the capital of the French part (Marigot), the price is 3.60 ANG or 2.00 USD for a single journey.
Sint Maarten airport terminal
In the current terminal, 2.5 million people can use it annually for SXM departures or arrivals. With 46 check-in counters and 13 gates for boarding, there is enough capacity to manage the many flights to international destinations in good order.
Regional flight routes
The regional flight St Maarten departures are operated by the smaller airlines such as Winair, Sky High, Coastal Air, Caribbean Airlines and Air Sunshine. Think of SXM arrivals from surrounding islands such as Anguilla, Nevis, San Juan, Dominica, Santo Domingo, Bonaire, Aruba, Antigua, Saba, Port au Prince etc. Most regional flights arrivals are actually coming from St. Jean Gustaf III Airport – Saint-Barthélemy. Saint Marting airport serves as a hub to get to this island. Another nearby route is to the northern island Anguilla. There are several flights a day to this Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport on this island.
International flight routes
- There are many flights to Europe such as Paris and Amsterdam with Air Caraibes, KLM , and Air France.
- There are also routes to Canada. The St. Maarten arrivals are usually with the airlines Air Canada and WestJet flying from Toronto-Pearson.
- American Airlines has year-round and seasonal St Maarten departures to:
- Delta Air Lines also flies the JFK – St Maarten route in addition to its home base Atlanta.
- Spirit Airlines also maintains the connection to Fort Lauderdale and JetBlue.
- JetBlue also flies the popular route to JFK as well as Newark and Boston.
- United Airlines operates from Newark and seasonal flights from Chicago-O’Hare and Washington-Dulles.