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Private Jets in St Maarten reach Airport capacity

10 Jan Posted by in Caribbean, Latest News | Comments
Private Jets in St Maarten reach Airport capacity

Princess Juilana International airport in St Maarten is at near capacity, centrally located and considered the link to exploring the Caribbean, a substantial increase in private jets and commercial flights is putting pressure on the local operations.

“Every year there is an increase in requests to park private jets at Princess Juliana International Airport and this year has seen even more than last year. Unfortunately, due to limited space, we can only accommodate so many and no more,” said Airport Operations Manager Michel Hyman.

He noted that every year, “aircrafts keep growing bigger and bigger, not like 10 years ago.”Explaining the visible increase in the number of private jets at the airport, Hyman said, “This year, we’ve been able to be more creative, without compromising safety and security, of course, which are the main pillars of our operations.”One of the “Big Birds” that annually makes Princess Juliana Airport the temporary base at this time of the year is a Boeing, 767 – 300 series, which belongs to Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire oil magnate and owner of English Premier League Football Club Chelsea, the current European champion.

“His is the biggest,” confirmed Hyman, pointing to the fact that the private aircraft is bigger than most legacy commercial airlines that service the island. Those private jets that cannot find space to park at the airport do quick “turnarounds.” They drop off their VIP passengers and take off to return for them whenever they are ready.

One of the main reasons for the increasing number of private jets calling at the airport is the fact that this is also the start of the yachting season. Hyman explained that the rich and famous come in their private jets to board their yachts waiting for them at Simpson Bay Lagoon to cruise around the Caribbean.

As the General Aviation business continues to grow, Princess Juliana Airport, at present second in this sector in the Caribbean behind The Bahamas, is looking to increase its market share with future expansion of its current facilities.

Princess Juliana Airport

Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) is the airport of St. Maarten. It is located 15 kilometers northwest of Philipsburg and is operated by Princess Juliana International Operating Company NV (PJIAE), a limited liability company, which is wholly owned by PJIA Holding N.V. which in turn is fully owned by the Island Government of the Island Territory of St. Maarten. Under a concession granted to PJIAE by Government for a period of twenty years – effective January 3, 1997- PJIAE manages, operates, maintains and develops the Princess Juliana International Airport.

St Maarten

The island of St. Maarten / St. Martin is the smallest landmass in the world shared by two nations. The northern side (St. Martin) is governed by the French and the southern side (St. Maarten) is one of the five island territories that make up the semi autonomous country of the Netherlands Antilles, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. While English is the main language on both sides, Dutch is the official language on the southern side and French the official language on the northern side.


Princess Juliana Airport

Roman Abromovich

St Maarten


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