Princess Juliana International Airport – The small developed beach airfield in Sint Maarten

One of the oldest and busiest airports in the region. The airport began as a US military airstrip in 1942 during World War II. In 1944, the Princess Juliana of Orange of the Netherlands officially opened an airbase as a civilian airport, the runway was 650 meters and completed with 550 meters, hardened to allow for aircraft to land.

An Airbus A340-300 flying over Maho Beach just before landing at the Princess Juliana International Airport. The airport has a single runway, measuring 2,300 x 45 meters / Image source

In 1964 the airport was remodeled and relocated, with a new terminal building and control tower. The former Dutch Minister, Barend Biesheuvel officially opened the Princess Juliana International Airport on the site where it is presently located in Simpsonbay.

On 6 September 2017, the airport suffered significant damage when Hurricane Irma struck the island as a Category 5 hurricane. Αt the end of  2018, temporary arrival and departure facilities opened within the first level of the terminal building.

The main airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. The airport is located on the Dutch side of the island, in the country of Sint Maarten / Image source 

Princess Juliana International Airport handles a variety of aircraft a year, ranging in size from Cesnas to Boeing 747’s, making it the second busiest airport in the North Eastern Caribbean.

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