The Punta Cana International Airport has opened its new VIP lounge that includes an infinity pool overlooking the airstrip. In addition to the infinity pool and terrace overlooking the airport’s runway, the new lounge will have hospitality rooms with showers and changing areas.
The lounge will also offer pool-related amenities such as toiletries and towels. The VIP lounge will be available to owners at Puntacana Resort & Club, passengers that purchase the VIP service, Priority Pass, Dragon Pass, Lounge Pass and lounge key card holders as well as First and Business class passengers.
The price of the VIP service plus access to the lounge for one person is $125 and $100 each for groups of three or more people. For airlines that the Punta Cana International Airport has established alliances with or with walk-in access to the lounges, the cost is $50 per person.
The airport will also be adding U.S. Pre-Clearance this year. According to the U.S Customs and Border Protection's website, the Dominican Republic will be the fourth Caribbean destination to have pre-clearance operations including Bermuda. The other two are the Bahamas and Aruba.
The Airport's Evolution
The growth of Punta Cana International Airport over the past five years has gone from the construction of a second airstrip to the latest construction of a new terminal building.
The Punta Cana International Airport was inaugurated in 1984, starting with a 5,000-foot runway, a small terminal and aircraft parking apron. In the airport’s first year of operation it serviced just 2,976 international passengers. Punta Cana International Airport is now one of the largest airports in the Caribbean, having managed seven million arrivals in 2016.