|IATA: SXM ICAO: TNCM|
|Owner||Princess Juliana Int’l Airport Holding Company N.V.|
|Location||Sint Maarten (Saint-Martin)|
|Elevation AMSL||14 ft / 4 m|
|Coordinates||18°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.
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.
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’.
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.
|Air Canada||Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson|
|Air Century||Santo Domingo–La Isabela|
|Air France||Paris–Charles de Gaulle|
|Air Sunshine||Anguilla, Dominica–Douglas-Charles, Nevis, St. Thomas, San Juan, Tortola, Virgin Gorda|
|Air Transat||Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson|
|American Airlines||Charlotte, Miami, Philadelphia|
Seasonal: New York–JFK
|Caribbean Airlines||Kingston–Norman Manley, Port of Spain|
|Coastal Air||Anguilla, Dominica–Canefield, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Eustatius|
|Copa Airlines||Panama City–Tocumen|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta, New York–JFK|
|Divi Divi Air||Curaçao|
|Fly All Ways||Curaçao|
Seasonal charter: Paramaribo
|JetBlue||Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK|
|LIAT||Antigua, St. Kitts, Tortola|
|Seaborne Airlines||San Juan|
|Sky High Aviation Services||Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas|
|Spirit Airlines||Fort Lauderdale|
|St Barth Commuter||St. Barthélemy|
|Sunwing Airlines||Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson|
|Trans Anguilla Airways||Anguilla|
Seasonal: Chicago–O’Hare, Washington–Dulles
|Winair||Antigua, 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 Carriers||San Juan|
|Amerijet International||Miami, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo|
|FedEx Feeder||San Juan|