Right next to the Pedro Rosselló González Convention Center is the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport, better known to most Puerto Ricans as the “Aeropuerto de Isla Grande”.
The facility was originally built just prior to World War II as part of the U.S. Navy’s Isla Grande Air Naval Station, and it also served as Puerto Rico’s main airport facility until 1954.
Most international airlines landed at Isla Grande including Deutsche Lufthansa, Iberia Airlines, Pan Am and Trans Caribbean Airways which was later acquired by American Airlines. But the landing strip was never envisioned for jet planes, so as aviation advanced a new and larger airport was built in 1954 in the nearby town of Carolina.
The facility was renamed after Air Force Major Fernando Luis Ribas-Dominicci, a United States F-111 pilot who was killed in action during Operation El Dorado Canyon in Libya.
Today the Isla Grande Airport covers most of the smaller flights to neighboring Caribbean Islands and Puerto Rico’s island municipalities, while the larger Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, about five miles to the east, takes care of international departures.
For information about flights, rates and schedules call 787-724-6464 or 787-722-3636.