SXM Airport forecasts increase in traffic this upcoming high season
Condor and Air Caraibes flight charters start on December 5, 2021.
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten (December 5, 2021) – Management of the Princess Juliana
International Airport Operating Company (PJIAE N.V.) is undergoing the immediate execution of
strategic and operational methods to facilitate an increased number of flights this upcoming high
Generally, the high season is from the period of December through March, whereby PJIAE records
its greatest seasonal peaks in terms of flight traffic and airport congestion.
While the schedules of the commercial and private air traffic continue to increase, Management
of PJIAE N.V. is working diligently to implement measures to accommodate the additions of
charter flights to contribute to the continuance of the homeporting at Port St. Maarten.
In addition to the scheduled traffic, ITA Airways, Condor, and Air Caraibes have confirmed charter
flights into St. Maarten starting December 5, 2021, through March 2022.
PJIAE N.V. anticipates approximately 500,000 passenger movements on more than 3,400 flights,
with an exclusion of the commuter airlines and corporate private jets.
PJIAE N.V. will close 2021 at about 56% travelers compared to 2019, and a high season of around
85% compared to the same period in 2018 – 2019.
The Airport’s Operations and Commercial teams have aligned with stakeholders, such as
Customs, Immigration, and Transportation to prepare for the influx of traffic to the already
demanding commercial flight schedule.
“With the Terminal Building space constraints and the commencement of the Airport Terminal
Reconstruction Project, our team is facing capacity management challenges, and all measures
have been implemented to mitigate the expected congestion.
PJIAE is also erecting a canopy at the Arrivals area, and adding more Check-In counters,
notwithstanding the facilitating of other building adjustments to guarantee a seamless season,”
summarized the Airport Chief, Brian Mingo