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Thread: The New Punta Cana Terminal B

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    Default The New Punta Cana Terminal B

    One of the most exciting aspects of the Punta Cana International Airport was its very peculiar architectural and structural design. Passengers disembarked via a mobile staircase right unto the tarmac, were warmed by the sun rays, and their first impression heightened by the trees and the gigantic open air thatch roof terminal. It’s very much a unique experience that put thousands of tourists in their vacation mode before they were officially in the DR (once the immigration officer stamps your passport is when you are officially in the country.)

    With time, the original terminal has been expanded, walls and air condition has been added to certain sections. The check-in area went from looking very rustic to ever more modern.

    Now the Punta Cana Airport has entered a new stage in its development.

    This is the newest terminal which breaks almost completely with the historical theme of the airport and is now much more in tune with most airports worldwide in terms of structural and architectural design.

    What do you think of the new airport terminal?

    What do you think of the new change towards a modern and less unique terminal?

    Is the fact that now people disembark through jetways good or bad for the experience of arriving at Punta Cana?


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    BTW, Punta Cana is now the busiest airport of the Dominican Republic, it has the most connections to Europe of any airport in Latin America, and its the second busiest in the Caribbean (San Juan, Puerto Rico is first.) Dominican Republic has the busiest airspace of any country (or territory) in the Central America & Caribbean region.

    The old terminal is still in use along with the new one, but supposedly it will be subject to an upgrade.

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    I was told some time ago that the new terminal will have US border pre-clearance. Can anyone confirm this?

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    "warmed by the suns rays"? Staggered by the blast of unbearable heat and overwhelming humidity is more like it. Its why god invented air conditioning.

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    if it speeds up getting me and mine to my condo then change it all you want.

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    Always love the small Merengue band the sample cups of Rum being handed out to visitors. Don't know if they still do this. It was a nice welcome to the DR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoomzx11 View Post
    "warmed by the suns rays"? Staggered by the blast of unbearable heat and overwhelming humidity is more like it. Its why god invented air conditioning.
    That's why it's called the TROPICS. If you like it chilly... that's why God created ALASKA...

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    I wish they'd get their act together with the entry tax and passport clearance. It used to be very orderly, fast and efficient even a long line would move through quickly. NOW... long confused lines going nowhere, endless waits with staff directing tourists to random incomprehensible lines ... A VERY distasteful beginning to a vacation. And has gotten worse with each successive visit over the past few years.

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    Yesterday was the official inauguration and the president was there (not a surprise.)



    By the way, this is a private airport (open to the public) which is why I mention the presence of the president. Its actually the first privately owned international airport in the world.

    Frank Rainieri is the "father" of Punta Cana. He dedicated his youth to developing the area, even though for decades he hardly saw a dignified cent. Even his closest family members told him multiple times that he was wasting his time out in the middle of nowhere, because not only was there no infrastructure what-so-ever, but also because most governments gave him very little support. The Punta Cana area is today what it is because Rainieri never gave up and never put attention to the naysayers.

    Everyone that lives from the Dominican tourism industry should be quite grateful to him. Punta Cana is now the #1 tourist destination in the Caribbean.
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    The main photo and the small image on the right were taken by Mr C (and his drone)
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    Last time out did not see it, was opened 2 days later, where is bit situated in regard to the Old Terminal?

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