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Rafael Hernández Airport
The airport, which is said to have the longest runway in the Caribbean (11,702 x 200 feet), has been long associated with the adjacent military base, Base Ramey . It used to receive domestic commercial flights by Prinair. It is also noted for being the place that large clothing company Wrangler uses 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 Airlines and ATA began jet services there. In the 1990s, American Airlines joined those two airlines. Later on, Pan Am (2) and TWA also came.
In 2004, the Puerto Rican 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 and should be completed by Summer 2005.
Currently, the airport is served by:
- Flights to domestic destinations; the Dominican Republic
On the cargo side:
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