Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is a dual-use airport operated by the Puerto Rico Ports Authority. It is located in Carolina, Puerto Rico near San Juan’s downtown area. Its International Civil Aviation location code is SJU.
The airport offers civilian and military aviation services to more than 8.7 million individuals each year. Most of these services are offered by the Puerto Rico Ports Authority, the United States Air Force, and the United States Department of Homeland Security.
The airport’s primary civilian aviation services include customs services, freight movement services, passenger support services, and airline support services. Other services include immigration services and airplane maintenance services.
Moreover, civilian travelers use Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport as an important transfer point for flights that travel to popular vacation destinations located in the Caribbean, Europe, and North America. This is hardly surprising because the airport’s prime location near the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean offer travelers the flexibility needed to travel to more than 400 destinations located in the Northern Hemisphere.
The airport’s welcome center offers travelers many services that can help you streamline your travels to Puerto Rico’s most popular attractions. It is open each day from 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Passengers can use the airport’s welcome center to find out information about flight schedules, local attractions and security regulations. Passengers can also use the airport’s welcome center to obtain maps, bus schedules and other information that can help you streamline your travels to Puerto Rico’s most popular attractions.
The United States Air Force and the Puerto Rico Air National Guard use the airport’s runways, cargo bays, and passenger gates frequently for logistics purposes. Travelers can learn about when the United States Air Force and the Puerto Rico Air National Guard uses the airport’s facilities by visiting the airport’s welcome center located 300 feet north of the airport’s main entrance.
History of the Airport
Puerto Rico residents can trace the airport’s history back to 1955 when the Puerto Rico Ports Authority completed construction of the airport’s original terminal buildings, offices and original boarding gates. The buildings featured an elongated rectangular design that was similar to the designs used during the 1950s to construct designer homes in Puerto Rico’s most popular neighborhoods. Travelers can see the beauty and practicality of these designs when they visit the customs hall that is located inside the airport’s original terminal building.
The airport was named for Luis Muñoz Marín in the 1980s when the Puerto Rican legislature passed a bill to rename the airport after Puerto Rico’s first democratically elected governor. Travelers can learn about Luis Muñoz Marín’s life by visiting an exhibit dedicated to Luis Muñoz Marín’s life and career located to the right of the airport’s main entrance.
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is now a large modern airport that features two modern terminal buildings, four passenger concourses, 25 boarding gates and four modern parking facilities. It is also a popular airport that offers business travelers and vacationers an inviting atmosphere that makes traveling to the Caribbean’s most popular transportation hubs a more pleasant experience.
The airport’s atmosphere is enhanced by a museum that chronicles Puerto Rico’s aviation history. It is located about 300 feet to the right of the airport’s concourses and parking structures. It features more than 40 interactive exhibits that use photos, post cards, videos, and other artifacts that teach visitors about Puerto Rico’s aviation history. Travelers can view these exhibits each day from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Be sure to take a guided tour offered by the Puerto Rico National Guard’s Public Relations Group to gain a better understanding of the museum’s exhibits.