Two airports are serving Cayo Santa Maria (and the other "Cayos de Villa Clara"). The first one is the "Aeropuerto Abel Santamaria" better known as Santa Clara International Airport, the other one is "Aeropuerto Las Brujas" which is a small domestic airport located on Cayo Las Brujas (about 15 km from Cayo Santa maria). Here are some information about these airports:
SANTA CLARA AIRPORT (Aeropuerto Abel Santamaria) (IATA code: SNU / ICAO code: MUSC)
The Santa Clara Abel Santamaria Airport (a.k.a Cayo Santa Maria airport) is a small-size international airport located about 10 km (6 mi) outside the city of Santa Clara, which is the capital city of the province of Villa Clara in Cuba. It's named in memory of Abel Santamaria Cuadrado (1927-1953), an important leader in the Cuban Revolutionary movement.
This airport handles both international and domestic flights. It serves mainly the popular beach resort destinations of Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Las Brujas, and also the city of Santa Clara and the central regions of Cuba (such as Trinidad, Playa Ancon, etc.).
Distance and travel time by road from the Santa Clara Airport to :
• Santa Clara City: ~10 km (6 mi), about 20 minutes
• Cayo Las Brujas: ~100 km (62 mi), about 80 minutes
• Cayo Ensenachos: ~105 km (65 mi), about 85 minutes
• Cayo Santa Maria: ~115 km (71 mi), about 90 minutes
• Trinidad: ~88 km (55 mi), about 2 hours
• Playa Ancon: ~118 km (73 mi), about 2 ½ hour
The airport was remodeled and expanded in 2006 to be able to receive three times more passengers. It has only one terminal building which is air-conditioned and non-smoking (except for one designated area). There's no jet-bridges, mobile staircases are used for embarking and disembarking passengers onto the tarmac.
Technical information about SNU airport:
• Address: Carretera a Maleza, Km 11, Villa Clara, Cuba
• Phone: (53 42) 209 138 / 227 525 / 227 551
• Type: Civil/Military joint use airport
• Operated by: ECASA (Empresa Cubana de Aeropuertos y Servicios Aeronauticos S.A.)
• Longitude: 79º 56’ 37" W
• Latitude: 22º 29’ 32" N
• Elevation: 103 meters (337.9 feet)
• Time zone: GMT-5 (-4DT)
Airport facilities include:
• Arrivals area: Cuban Immigration and Customs, baggage carrousel, bathrooms, public phones, currency exchange, snack bar (outside), car rental (outside).
• Departure hall (public area): check-in counters, bathrooms, Immigration/Passport Control, public phones, currency exchange.
• Departure Gate Lounge: Waiting lounges (public and VIP), enclosed smoking area, bathrooms, currency exchange, public phones, snack bar, Duty-Free shop, a liquor/cigars/chocolate shop.
• Click the following link for more information about the Ground Transportation (buses, taxis, car rental) available at the Santa Clara airport.
CAYO LAS BRUJAS AIRPORT (IATA code: BWW / ICAO code: MUBR)
This airport handles only internal flights, and small size aircrafts. The Cuban airline Aerogaviota operates two flights daily between Havana (Playa Baracoa terminal) and Cayo Las Brujas (more information about these flights in our Getting Around section). The Las Brujas airport is mainly used as a gateway for day-trips (excursions) to Havana for tourists staying in Cayo Santa Maria (and Cayo Ensenachos, Cayo Las Brujas); and also for international travelers who flew to Havana (instead of Santa Clara) and need to take a domestic flight to get to Cayo Santa Maria.
This airport has a 1,800 meters runway, which is too short for large aircrafts. There used to be a rumor about extending the runway length (as they did in Cayo Coco) to make it an international airport, but we were told that it would not be possible due to lack of space and the fact that it's a protected area.
Note that since the spring 2014, Cuban Immigration systematically stamps all passports when entering and leaving the country. And also: Since May 1st, 2015, the Cuban Departure Tax is no longer paid at destination. It should now be included in the price of your trip when buying a flight-only or vacation-package to Cuba.
In October 2013 the Cuban Government announced its intention to eliminate their dual currency system (CUC and CUP). To the best of our knowledge, it seems like no schedule has been officially announced yet for this plan to eliminate the CUC and revalue the CUP; and so far (2016) there's no indication yet about when the CUC will be put out of circulation.
Visit our website that chronicles the announcements and events related to the Cuban Thaw (warming of USA-Cuba relations) which started in late 2014.
Lily & Normand