Rafael Hernández Airport
name = Rafael Hernández Airpo
IATA = BQN
ICAO = TJBQ
FAA = BQN
type = Public
owner = Puerto Rico Ports Authority
JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, Continental Airlines, Tradewinds, Fedex Express
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
elevation-m = 72
website = [http://www.flytoaguadillapr.com www.flytoaguadillapr.com]
r1-number = 8/26
r1-length-f = 11,702
r1-length-m = 3,567
stat-year = 2006
stat1-header = Aircraft operations
stat1-data = 37,418
stat2-header = Based aircraft
stat2-data = 96
footnotes = Source:
Federal Aviation AdministrationFAA-airport|ID=BQN|use=PU|own=PU|site=53004.*A, retrieved 2007-03-15]
:"This article is about an airport located in
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. For other uses of the name Rafael Hernández, see Rafael Hernández (disambiguation)."
Rafael Hernández Airport Airport codes|BQN|TJBQ|BQN(*coord|18.4949|-67.1294|region:PR_type:airport_Source:wikimapia) is a small airport located in Aguadilla,
Puerto Ricoand is named after the Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández Marín.
The airport has been long associated with the adjacent military base,
Ramey Air Force Base. It used to receive domestic commercial flights by Prinairas well as service from JFK International Airportin New York City with Capitol Air[http://www.departedflights.com/CL120182.html] , and 707 passenger flights from Miami with Southeast Airlines[http://www.crazedfanboy.com/npcr/laflapcr219.html] . It is also noted for being the place that large clothing company Wrangleruses to land their planes filled with company-related cargo.
In 1988, Rafael Hernández Airport started to surface as an alternative to
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, when Carnival Air Linesand ATA began jet services there. In the 1990s, American Airlinesjoined those two airlines. Later on, Pan Am (2) and TWAalso came.
In the early 1990s
Carnival Air Linesoperated the first intra-Puerto Rican jet service from the airport to Ponce, with Boeing 727's and Airbus A300's.
Prinair suffered various accidents and ceased operations.
North American Airlinesre-open passengerservice with a non-stop flight to New York-JFK 3 times a week. Later on Continental Airlinesjoined North American with a daily flight to their hub in Newark. The evident success of service from the Aguadilla, caught the attention of Boston-Maine Airwaysthat opened a route to Orlando-Sanford and Santo Domingo.
In 2004, the Puerto Rico Ports Authority announced that it would be remodeling and expanding BQN to accommodate more flights and passengers. An expansion of the terminal building and a new parking lot were among the projects in mind. The expansion was inaugurated on
July 12, 2005.
In 2005, continuous passenger traffic growth cought the attention of
Jet Blue Airways, which open a daily flight to their hub in New York. Soon after the arrival of Jet Blue to the airport, North American ceased operations at the airport. Soon after, Jet Blueannonced that it will be adding a second daily flight to New York-JFK.
In December, 2006, thousands of people gather at the airport to welcome Carlos "El Indio" Quintana.
Delta Connectionbegan regional jet service to Atlanta, Georgia5 times a week. The service ended on January 20, 2007as part of Delta's restructuring plan. Later on 2007 JetBlue Airwaysbegan service to Orlando.
In the summer of 2007
Spirit Airlinesannounced plans to begin service from the airport to their hub in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with a flight 5 times a week during the summer. The success of the service resulted in Spirit offering 2 daily flights. Service frequency was lowered to a flight 5 times a week instead of the expected end of service at the end of the summer.
July 5, 2007, the newly renovated control towerdirected its first aircraft.
Do to the success of service,
Spirit Airlineshas increased to daily their frequency to/from Ft. Lauderdale. In addition, Spirit added a daily non-stop service to Orlando on February. JetBluewill also continue to have 2 daily flights to New York-JFK after the Holiday Season. Also, starting May 1, JetBluewill be adding a second daily flight to/from Orlando.
June 2, 2008, Pan Am World Airways Dominicanarestore service between the Airport and Santo Domingo-Las Americas as well as to Punta Canain the Dominican Republic. These are two of the routes that is evidently under-served do to high demand and proximity of Aguadilla to the neighboring island. Another popular routes that currently lack service from the city include Chicago, Illinois, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Boston, Massachusetts, Hartford, Connecticut, and Baltimore, Maryland.
May 24, 2008, local leaders gather at the airport to meet democratic presidential candidate Hillary R. Clinton.
The airport is also used by some local flight schools for cross country flights. For example,
Caribbean Flight Training Center.
There are rumors that a new terminal may be built. This new terminal is likely to have
jetwaysand moderns facilities.
The capacity of the airport and its role as the main gateway to Porta del Sol, the airport is considered extremely underserve something that has caused indignation in the region, which accounts for one third of the
Puerto Rico's total population, and the mayorof the city to ask for the airport to be transfer to the city in a number of occasions.
This table shows the continuous growth of
passengertraffic at the airport since 2002:
Fiscal Year2006 the airport transported 402,142 passengers, nearly a 300% increase in four years. With only 84 flights per week during the high seasons (Summer & Winter) and 59 flights per week the rest of the year, Hernandez Airport has an Average Load Factor of 80%.
Pan Am World Airways Dominicana: Non-Stop service from Santiago, DR begins on 2008
Act 67 of
May 22, 2008establishes incentives for charter airlinesoffering service to the airport. It guarantees profit of up to 10%, 50% discount on landing fees, and matching dollar per dollar base on volume proyections/available seats.
To benefit from the act
Charter Airlinesmust carry 75% of the passengers on board with a 3+ nights reservation in a hotel in the region of 130 or less rooms.
Ahrens Aircraft, due to set up operations at Punta Borinquen in Aguadilla to manufacture an aircraft known as the AR 404, has finally gotten financing and is ready to get under way.
NASA Aviation Safety Program
Hernandez Airport will host the initial flights of the recently modified
S-3 Viking. The Viking was modified to become state-of-the-art icing research aircraft. This flights will seek to characterize the icing conditions that exist in the tropical convective layer of the atmosphere.
Rafael Hernández Airport covers an area of convert|1600|acre|ha|0|lk=on which host the longest runway in the
* Runway 08/26: 11,702 x 200 ft. (3,567 x 61 m), Surface: Asphalt
** With Blast Pads and Shoulders: 13,440 X 300 ft. (4,097 X 91 m)
The airport constitutes a
passenger terminalwith an international side capable of handling flights of over 200 passengers. It also hosts a Cargo terminal, a FedExTerminal, a Western Jet CenterExecutive Terminal,a general aviationterminal, a Coast Guard terminal (Air Station Borinquen), along with five aircraft service hangars.
Passenger Airlines and Destinations
JetBlue Airways(New York-JFK, Orlando)
Pan Am World Airways Dominicana(Punta Cana, Santiago [begins 2008] , Santo Domingo-Las Americas)
Spirit Airlines(Fort Lauderdale)
Former Airlines and Destinations
*American (Miami, New York-JFK)
Capitol Air(New York-JFK)
Carnival Airlines(Miami, Ponce)
Delta Connectionoperated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines(Atlanta)
*Kiwi (Newark, Orlando)
North American Airlines(New York-JFK)
Pan Am(2) (Orlando-Sanford, Santiago (DR), Santo Domingo-Las Americas)
Southeast Airlines(New York-JFK)
TWA(Boston, Miami, Newark)
Air Tahoma(Port of Spain)
Ameriflight(Grenada, Providenciales, San Juan, Santiago (DR), St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Lucia)
*CaribEx Worldwide/CaribEx International Airlines (Daily Flights to Santo Domingo, and on demand flights to the Caribbean and the US)
Skyway Enterprises(Antigua, Miami, Providenciales, San Juan, Santiago (DR), Santo Domingo, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten)
Contract Air Cargo(Santiago (DR), Santo Domingo)
Corporate Air(Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, Port of Spain, Santiago(DR), St. Lucia)
Mountain Air Cargo(Santiago (DR), Santo Domingo)
Merlin Ventures Ltd(Barbados, Miami)
Merlin Express(Providenciales, Santiago (DR))
Mountain Air Cargo(Providenciales, Santiago (DR), Santo Domingo)
Roblex Aviation[Pending Government Approval]
Tradewinds Airlines(Dallas/Fort Worth, Greensboro, Hartford, Indianapolis)
The airport can be accessed via two highways from SR-2.
*Arecibo and Points East including Isabela and
Camuyare connected to the airport via SR-110.
*Mayagüez and Points south including downtown
Aguadilla, Rincon, and Cabo Rojoare connected to the airport via SR-107.
* [http://www.flytoaguadillapr.com Official page]
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