The second busiest airport in the Caribbean is Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) on the island of St. Maarten. PJIA is the single most important strategic asset of St. Maarten.
The Airport is famous worldwide for its pictures of Jumbo jets gliding closely over a public beach. People can stand directly below planes within 25 meters from the ground. St. Maarten, because of its geographical location, plays a strategic role in the development of neighbouring islands Saba, St. Eustatius, Anguilla and Saint-Barthélemy. Not only is the Island of St. Maarten often subject to hurricanes and minor earthquakes, the island also experience heavy tropic rainfall from time to time. In 2002 the first design was made to build a complete new Terminal for St. Maarten International Airport. In collaboration with NACO, Deerns designed the airports electrical and mechanical infrastructure and the airport special systems of the new terminal and airside.