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.
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.
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.