Travel fans around the globe consider landing there to be the 'most stunning landing in the world'.
SXM Airport is on St. Martin Island, about 15 km northwest of the town of Philipsburg, and is a hub to its immediate neighbors on Saba, St. Eustatius, Anguilla & St. Barths islands.
With yearly an estimated 1.6M passengers, SXM Princess Juliana Airport is hub to Windward Islands Airlines and is gateway for the smaller Leeward Islands of Anguilla, Saba, St. Barth & St. Eustatius. The short runway of 2,433 meters presents a challenge to airline pilots.
The two-level air-conditioned passenger terminal has a capacity of 2.5M passengers annually. It houses Arrivals at the ground level and Departures on the first level. Self-serve check-in kiosks at Departures area and have been recently added as well as a new Departure Lounge and new concessions, while a new sophisticated security system has been activated. At the six new self-service security checkpoint e-Gates, passengers can now scan their bar-coded boarding pass to enter the departure hall. Also Automated Border Control e-Gates will be (or are already in place) easing passenges next step journey which includes exiting emigration, at the eGates passengers authenticate passport & hve photo taken; passenger then crosses the border and proceeds through security screening. Passengers who arrive will use self-service automated immigrtion control kiosks (by YVR), which are integrated into the Vision-Box Border Management suite.
Other Terminal facilities include 46 check-in desks, 10 transit-desks and 13 boarding-gates, 4 airbridges, 20 immigration and 5 emigration booths, 8 CSS self-service check-in kiosks, 21 duty-free retail outlets and 5 foood & drink outlets. Amenities include ATM machines, internet access (you can purchase 'airtime' from TelEm vending machines); some 40 shops and 12 food & drink establishments, some of which are unique to St. Maarten.
A VIP lounge (Soualiga Business Class - tel. +599 546 7529 /fax 7557 - offers the ultimate in comfort and luxury. For customer information call 546-7777.
Rental car agencies have counters in the Arrivals area of the terminal.
Parking is available in the new parking garage offering short- and long-term parking options.