AIRPORT–Online publication Caribbean Journal has named Princess Juliana International Airport SXM “Caribbean Airport of the Year 2016.”
In its edition of Tuesday, April 12, the publication named its “10 Best Airports in the Caribbean 2016” with St. Maarten’s Airport topping the list.
The Caribbean Journal said its choice was “based on major criteria including aesthetics, food and beverage options, shopping and importantly, customer service levels.”
With a photo of a KLM aircraft approaching the runway from the Maho Beach end and another photo of the Terminal Building, the Caribbean Journal described the Airport as, “A modern, well-run airport with perhaps the Caribbean’s best duty-free shopping collection, this was an easy addition to the top of this ranking. This airport has well-run immigration and even more importantly, is the Caribbean’s great regional hub, with easy-to-make connections across the region.”
The publication said flying can be so stressful that by the time a traveller has navigated check-in, security and all the chaos of the concourse they will be desperate for a vacation – even if they didn’t need one before. “Which is why we’re fans of these Caribbean airports, which make our tropical transits that much easier.”
The journal singled out “perks such as automated immigration, plush lounges and smart layouts,” as part of the reasons for its top 10 picks.
“We’re very happy and also humbled by this recognition, the latest in a series of awards which SXM Airport has been receiving in the last few years,” said Airport Deputy Managing Director Larry Donker. “It is because of the contributions and efforts of all stakeholders, in particular the entire airport community that we are able to deliver the quality of service mentioned by the journal. The recognition makes us feel even more motivated to continue to work diligently to maintain our position as a leader in regional aviation.”
Number two on the list is Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport, followed by Aruba and Nassau in the Bahamas. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic was number five, with San Juan, Puerto Rico in the sixth position. Others on the list are Cancun, Mexico at number seven, Cayman Islands at number eight, Hato in Curaçao at number nine and Martinique at number 10.
Source: Daily Herald PJIA named ‘Caribbean Airport of the Year 2016’