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Central and South America : Dominican Republic : Santo Domingo : SDQ


All night wait

by web-administrator (March, 2017)

Pros: -
Cons: -

(Guest Review by Martin) Waited for an early morning departure, arrived around 08:00 pm the night before. You can eat either in the arrivals area or on the 2nd floor (level above check-in), where you have much more space. Fast food options only in both areas. The 2nd level closes between 09:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Afterwards the seating area will be closed with tape, no way to 'legally' grab a seat for the rest of the night. In the arrivals area, some food options close at 11:00 pm, other stay open all night with flights arriving all night long so quite busy and noisy. No seats in check-in area. No free wifi in the airport. It is difficult charging your phone, there is a possibility in the food court at level 2, but not all plugs working. If you want to sleep and have your boarding pass and no bags to check you can pass immigration and go airside. There is more comfortable seating area there, but not really a decent place to sleep. Shops and food places closed at night, however sala VIP Caribe (A gates) open 24 hours. This is a priority pass lounge.

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by EMOYENO (January, 2015)

Reason for Stay: Other
Where: Landside
Pros: Clean bathrooms
Cons: NO free WIFI Service

While waiting for boarding flight I asked around about WIFI and turns out its not free! You have to pay for Wifi, something I find a set back as WIFI services in mayor airports are free. Had to purchase minutes in order to communicate with friends waiting for me on my way home.

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Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ) Rude and Insulting Staff

by Dave (January, 2011)

Reason for Stay: Checking in and had to wait
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Rude insulting Staff.

I had a horrible experiance when departing from the Dominican Republic from SDQ Santo Domingo Las Americas Airport. While leaving at the Customs check the Agent was very rude to me and my wife. The Agent was talking to me like i was 5 years old when i gave him my passport he told me to look at him so he can see my face in a nasty manner. Then he said go pay the Turist tax like a piece of trash. When i arrived he then asked for another I.D. other then my passport so i showed him my Veterans ID Card. He then asked if i ever been deployed to Iraq and i said yes. Then he said that i should not return because i came back crazy. I held my composure and when i sat down to wait for the plane i decided to see if i can speak to a supervisor on what happened. When i asked one of the employees to speak with a supervisor they said they would report it but i never got to speak with one personally and i knew they did not do anything. I believe there Custom Agents are Horribly Trained and Rude. When i arrived to the United States the TSA was respectful and professional not like what i experianced in the Santo Domingo SDQ Las Amercas Airport. It discouraged me to Return to Dominican Republic again. They should know that they are hurting their turism trade when they treat visitors like that.

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by lloyd (February, 2010)

Where: Airside

I have traveled through hundreds of airports around the world with only carry-on luggage, including a folding umbrella, but it was only in Santo Domingo where I was prevented from taking the umbrella. Then, in a subsequent search before taking the plane back to the States, I saw that a passenger was required to leave three bottles of liquids that exceeded the limits. It appears that security at this airport needs some retraining.

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Just for one night, it was OK!

by ReyRico (June, 2009)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside and Airside

We almost spent an entire night at SDQ in order to catch an early flight to JFK; there are hotel options 15-20 mins, away but not worth considering in our case due to the departure time of our flight. Fast-food options prior the security checkpoints and around the arrivals area are available but close well before midnight. With limited seating across the airlines' counters hall, we checked our bags, cleared security and headed for terminal B's gates area, where seats were clean but the cushioning not that comfy. Wandering around just before the duty free stores closed, we came across the seating area around the gates at terminal A's departures satellite where we settled in...although no places to grab a bite to eat were open, seats were ample and cushioned, little or no activity was heard and dimmed lights around allowed us to sleep a bit more we thought we might. No issues with personnel, and bathrooms were clean. No announcements were heard until our flight, the first one of the day. In brief, the place was 'survivable' for just one night.

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Smelly airport

by liz (January, 2008)

About the comment by Robert "farting championship at Santo domingo airport" Did he realize people almost only eat beans and greasy stuff??? That can't help....!

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Too tight to pay 22 for a room at 8.30pm.

by lordlucan (October, 2007)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside

After the last flight leaves 9.30pm. Airport is empty and open all night. No hassles from staff. Long hard wooden benches to sleep on. Passengers start to arrive at around 4am for the morning flights.

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by web-administrator (March, 2005)

Where: Landside and Airside

Contributed by Robert) - "It started allready by the check-in, the staff was unpolite and mostly interested in turning all our luggage upside down, and they was also paying attention while we opened our coded lockers and when we got back home we understood why ,because our digital camera was missing when we opened our suitcase back home. Because of that our flight was delayed 13 hours we had to try to get some sleep at the gate, but that was close to impossible because the benches was not constructed for comfort and beside that it seemed that we had jumped in a local championchip of farting, the level and smell was just unbeliveable. So for anyone that have the choice you must avoid spending more than a absolute minimum of time at Santo Domingo airport." Added 30 July 2006

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