Las Americas Airport, Santo Domingo Transportation

Las Americas Airport, Santo Domingo; credit Lacreta

Santo Domingo Transportation

Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) is located in Punta Caucedo near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Las Américas usually receives a wide variety of commercial aircraft. It is the second-busiest airport in the country and handles over 3.5 million passengers. Most American traffic comes from NYC JFK, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, San Juan, Newark, Atlanta, Boston and Orlando airports.

Las Américas has five gates on the main satellite concourse. Terminal B now features a co-branded Copa Club operated jointly by United Airlines and Copa Airlines, and a Private Lounge exclusive to members and business people. The airport was modernized, two more terminals were added with 20 more gates. Daily flights in and out of Las Américas Airport range between 68 and 84 flights. JetBlue, Aeromexico, Air France, American, Avian, Condor, Delta, Spirit and United are major airlines operating at Las Américas. Terminal B is the newest Terminal filled with amenities. The Copa Club lounge is located at Terminal B near gate B4. Its daily hours are 5am-7pm. Terminal A has a Sala VIP Caribe Lounge located airside to watch planes come and go. Services and facilities at both Terminals include:

– Free Wi-Fi access
– ATMs and Banking
– Currency Exchange
– Post Office
– Car Rentals
– Duty Free, Shops, Food & Drinks
– Pharmacy

Several companies provide shared van service to/from the airport to city centre or to any other destination in the area. Driving a rental car can be tricky — traffic in many parts of the country is very fast paced. Rental rates are less during the fall months. The new expressway crosses a new suspension bridge which spans the Ozama River, connecting traffic into the city’s Elevated Freeway and Tunnel system. You’ll find the following Car Rental counters at Santo Domingo Airport located at the Terminal North:

Avis – 809-549-0468
Budget – 809-549-5559
Dollar – 809-549-0738
Hertz – 809-221-5333
Honda Rent-a-Car – 809-549-0362
National-Alamo – 809-549-0763/ 549-8303
Nelly Rent-a-Car – 809-549-0509/ 549-0505
Payless – Phone: 809-549-8911
Thrifty – Phone: 809-549-0930

The public bus system goes just about everywhere and Santo Domingo Metro features a 17-mile, two Light Rail lines serving 30 stations. The first line serves Máximo Gómez and Hermanas Mirabal Avenue, connecting Santo Domingo with neighboring Santo Domingo Norte. The second line serves Duarte-Kennedy-Centenario Corridor from west to east. The Boleto Viajero is a reloadable contactless smart card used for fare payment on Santo Domingo Metro. The card can be acquired in a Santo Domingo Metro station for DOP$60. It is an alternative to the single use cardboard cards. Cardboard cards have a lower initial cost of DOP$15, but cannot be reloaded.

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