Sint Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport

Airport, Terminal
Source: Dale Coleman
Airport typePublic
OwnerPrincess Juliana Int’l Airport Holding Company N.V.
LocationSint Maarten (Saint-Martin)
Hub forWinair
Elevation AMSL14 ft / 4 m
Coordinates18°02′27″N 063°06′34″WCoordinates: 18°02′27″N 063°06′34″W

Princess Juliana International Airport (IATA: SXM, ICAO: TNCM) is 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. In 2015, the airport handled 1,829,543 passengers and around 60,000 aircraft movements. The airport serves as a hub for Windward Islands Airways and is the major gateway for the smaller Leeward Islands, including Anguilla, Saba, St. Barthélemy and St. Eustatius. It is named after Queen Juliana, who landed here while still only heir presumptive in 1944, the year after the airport opened. The airport has very low-altitude flyover landing approaches, owing to one end of its runway being extremely close to the shore and Maho Beach. There is also an airport on the French side of the island, in the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, called Aéroport de Grand Case or L’Espérance Airport.


Warning sign between runway 10 and Maho Beach
Source: Jj04 at English Wikipedia
Spectators at Maho Beach
Source: alljengi from Edinburgh

Terminal interior
Source: own work


The airport has a single runway numbered 10/28, measuring 7,546 ft x 148 ft (2,300 m x 45 m). It was renumbered from 09/27 in late 2008.

Pilots guided by GPS take a more efficient approach than those operating under VFR. Local airport rules prohibit aircraft from flying lower than 500 feet (150 m)

Arriving aircraft approach the island on the last section of the final approach for Runway 10, following a 3° glide slope flying low over the famous Maho Beach. The proximity of Maho Beach to the runway has made the airport one of the world’s favorite places among planespotters despite the dangers. In 2017 a New Zealand woman died from injuries sustained by jet blast from a departing aircraft. Tourists have been often criticised for dangerous behavior on the beach.

Runway after Hurricane Irma
Source: Ministry of Defense, Netherlands


The main apron measures 72,500 square metres (780,000 sq ft) with another 5,000 square metres (54,000 sq ft) on Eastern apron. For freight handling a dedicated apron of 7,000 square metres (75,000 sq ft) is available.


Designed to handle some 2.5 million passengers annually, the new four-story terminal building offered (at least until the arrival of Hurricane Irma) 30,500 square metres (328,000 sq ft) of floor space and was fully air-conditioned. Available facilities included 46 check-in desks, 10 transit desks and 13 boarding gates. There were 20 immigration booths for arriving passengers and five exit-control booths for departing passengers. The building also featured 40 shops and food & beverage units—some unique to St. Maarten—promoted under the retail theme ‘So Much More’.

General aviation

To accommodate the growing international and local traffic of private aircraft, PJIA has a fixed-base operator building, offering office space and private lounges with dedicated customs.


Since official opening of the new control tower, PJIA air traffic controllers have two radar systems at their disposal with ranges of 50 nautical miles (93 km) and 250 nautical miles (460 km). PJIA controllers manage 4,000 square NM of airspace known as the Juliana TCA around the airport, roughly between 25 nautical miles (46 km) and 42 nautical miles (78 km) of the St Maarten VOR-DME. Besides providing approach, tower and ground control at PJIA, these controllers also provide approach control for Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (Anguilla), L’Espérance Airport (French Saint Martin), Gustaf III Airport (St. Barths), F.D. Roosevelt Airport (St. Eustatius) and Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (Saba).


PJIA is equipped with VOR/DME and NDB. The airport’s official operating hours are 07:00–21:00.

Airlines and destinations


Air CanadaSeasonal: Toronto–Pearson
Air CaraïbesParis–Orly
Air CenturySanto Domingo–La Isabela
Air FranceParis–Charles de Gaulle
Air SunshineAnguilla, Dominica–Douglas-Charles, Nevis, St. Thomas, San Juan, Tortola, Virgin Gorda
Air TransatSeasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
American AirlinesCharlotte, Miami, Philadelphia
Seasonal: New York–JFK
Caribbean AirlinesKingston–Norman Manley, Port of Spain
Coastal AirAnguilla, Dominica–Canefield, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Eustatius
Copa AirlinesPanama City–Tocumen
Delta Air LinesAtlanta, New York–JFK
Divi Divi AirCuraçao
Fly All WaysCuraçao
Seasonal charter: Paramaribo
InterCaribbean AirwaysTortola
JetBlueFort Lauderdale, New York–JFK
Seasonal: Boston
LIATAntigua, St. Kitts, Tortola
Seaborne AirlinesSan Juan
Sky High Aviation ServicesSantiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas
Spirit AirlinesFort Lauderdale
St Barth CommuterSt. Barthélemy
Sunwing AirlinesMontréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Trans Anguilla AirwaysAnguilla
United AirlinesNewark
Seasonal: Chicago–O’Hare, Washington–Dulles
WinairAntigua, Aruba1, Bonaire2, Curaçao, Dominica–Canefield, Dominica–Douglas-Charles, Nevis, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port-au-Prince, Saba, St. Barthélemy, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts, San Juan, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Tortola


Air Cargo CarriersSan Juan
AmeriflightSan Juan
Amerijet InternationalMiami, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo
DHL AviationAntigua
FedEx FeederSan Juan

Accidents and incidents

In popular culture

Source: wikipedia