Flights to the Dominican Republic
There are 7 international airports in the Dominican Republic. For most destinations on the south coast, visitors fly into either the Las Américas International Airport (SDQ), just outside the capital city of Santo Domingo, or to the Los Cajuiles Airport in La Romana . For destinations on the north coast, most visitors fly into Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperon Airport (POP), but the Cibao International Airport (STI), in Santiago is also receives some regularly scheduled flights (mostly from the US). For destinations on the west coast, visitors fly to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). The domestic airports, Herrera Airport in Santo Domingo, and El Portillo Airport in Las Terrenas, can occasionally receive some international flights.
We have not listed specific airlines you can take to the Dominican Republic because this list is constantly changing. Listing some, and not others, may mean arranging a flight with one, when another (not listed) may offer you a more convenient or economical flight arrangement. We recommend using your local newspaper's Travel Section, local Travel Agents/Tour Operators, or flight sites on the Internet, to ensure you get the most up-to-date and complete list of flight options available to your Dominican Republic destination for the time you wish to visit.
Choose your final destination within the Dominican Republic before getting a flight
If you are buying a package trip (flight & accommodations) from your home country, the airport you fly into is generally pre-determined as part of the package to that destination. If you are arranging a non-package trip (arranging your flight and accommodations separately), please look at our Maps section to find out which airport would be the best to fly into for the particular destination you plan to visit. The cheapest flight option is not necessarily always the best option. For example, you may get a cheaper flight to Santo Domingo Airport (south coast), but your desired destination is on the north coast (Cabarete, Puerto Plata, Rio San Juan, Samana, etc). When you consider the extra travel time you'll need to get to your destination, and any extra costs associated (possibly staying overnight in Santo Domingo, bus and/or taxi fare from there to your destination, etc.), the cheaper flight option may not prove to be so economical. Or, alternatively, adding this extra time and any additional costs may make purchasing this flight ticket well worth it or more of an adventure.
Upon arrival at the airport
After passing through Immigration, you'll pick up your luggage, pass through Customs and exit the Arrivals Terminal. It's here that you'll be met with warm tropical air and the hustle & bustle of people looking to help you with your luggage and/or taxi service. If you would like luggage assistance, the going tip rate is US $1 - $5, depending on the amount of luggage you have. If you do not wish for luggage assistance, just firmly say 'No, thank you', or even better, in Spanish, 'No gracias'.
If your holiday package does not include airport pick-up, there are always a couple of transportation options available from every Airport to your particular destination. Please see our Transportation section for more information on this.