AIRPORT ROAD, St. Maarten - Caribbean Journal's annual “Caribbean Travel Awards” celebrate the best in travel and tourism across the Caribbean in 2016 and Princess Juliana International Airport was honored with the coveted title ‘Caribbean Airport of the Year’. The recognition was announced by the leading regional travel site via its website late last week where it stated: “Too many Caribbean airports offer less-than-satisfactory experiences, with inefficient immigration lines and poor shopping offerings. That’s why it’s always so refreshing to fly to St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport, one of the region’s most modern and well-managed airports. It’s also a crucial hub for regional travel, with a large network of connecting flights all across the Caribbean.”
In many ways, travel defines the Caribbean. It inspires, it creates, it entertains, it employs. It moves people and it moves souls. With travel and tourism being the Caribbean's largest economic driver, on St.Maarten SXM Airport is a vital and crucial operation that has a significant socio-economic impact.
“Earning this recognition is a positive reinforcement of outstanding performance and continuous growth that makes Princess Juliana International Airport a leader of its own class in the region,” according to Larry Donker, Deputy Managing Director of SXM Airport. “Much of the airport’s success lies in the spirit and motivation of its highly qualified and motivated staff.
I would like to thank these people for their exemplary approach, high-quality work, and personal engagement. Our appreciation also goes to our valued business partners and service providers for their contributions to our joint success. I have no doubt that 2016 has set the tone for greater things to come as our airport will continue its positive development and progress.”
The airport has a remodeled and improved departure lounge, and recently simplified the passenger processing procedures with the installation of the Automated Boarding Pass Control kiosk and E-gates.