Paramaribo Johan Adolf Pengel Airport
Paramaribo Johan Adolf Pengel Airport Zanderij Reviews
The way to get into Suriname. Jun 06, 2009
Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM)
Really the only airport in Suriname (all others are airstrips), located about 45 km south of the capital Paramaribo. It's often called Zanderij, after the nearby village aswell as the sandy savanne it lies in.
Not many airlines fly here, from Amsterdam KLM (with an MD-11) and SLM (with an Airbus A340). Further Caribbean Airlines from Trinidad, Insel Air from the Netherlands Antilles and SLM to the Netherlands Antilles, Miami, Cayenne and Belem. There are also some charter companies present.
From and to the airport:
The best way to get from the airport to Paramaribo is by taxi. The ride is along the Indira Ghandi Highway, which is actually not really a highway, but since it's one of only two mainroads, and it's in the best condition of the two you could call it like this. It'll take 1-1,5 hours to get to Paramaribo and should cost you less than SRD 100,- for a luxury taxi. There are drivers enough outside the terminal waiting to bring you to the city. There are also mini (line)buses, they are incredibly cheap but will take longer, besides with luggage it's far from ideal.
Actual flight times to Amsterdam are published in the newspapers and taxi drivers will know them. The question you'll get is whether you'll need to catch KLM or SLM.
At the airport:
The arrivals area is new, with a money exchange, customs, and an airconditioned luggage area.
When leaving checking in is inside, while the waiting area is in the open air. There are some shops serving icecold Djogo's (beer) and food, and it's really the best place to wait. The departures hall is pretty small and the plastic chairs aren't really comfy. There are some shops for some souvenirs, alcohol and tobacco and ofcourse food and drinks there though.
Altogether a relaxed airport with enough facilities for your needs, especially when you keep in mind there are only about 100.000 passengers a year use this airport. The departures hall could use some better chairs.
Part of the Suriname 2009 travel blog
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