Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport
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|Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo
Laguna del Sauce International Airport as seen from the runway
|IATA: PDP – ICAO: SULS|
|Serves||Punta del Este|
|Location||Piriápolis, Maldonado, Uruguay|
|Elevation AMSL||29 m / 95 ft|
Sources: World Aero Data
Capitan Corbeta CA Curbelo International Airport (IATA: PDP, ICAO: SULS), formerly (and still popularly) called Laguna del Sauce International Airport, is the airport serving Punta del Este, Uruguay, located in the adjoining municipality of Maldonado. It is operated by Consorcio Aeropuertos Internacionales S.A. – CAISA.
Some of its facilities are shared with the Naval Aviation Base of the National Navy of Uruguay.
The airport mainly serves passengers traveling to neighbouring Punta del Este, although it generally serves cities surrounding the Maldonado area. It is commonly known as "Laguna del Sauce International Airport," but because of its closeness to Punta del Este, a popular beach resort city, it is sometimes also referred to as "Punta del Este International Airport" or "Punta del Este Airport" by passengers using it.
The airport typically sees a growth in passenger numbers during the southern hemisphere summer months. Most of the passengers that fly to the airport come from Buenos Aires. International services are available from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay as well. In 2004, the airport's runway RW10 was repaired.
Capitan de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport can handle many different types of jets including wide-bodies, although usually, mid-size jets like the Boeing 737 and Airbus 320, and turbo-props like the ATR-42 are used in this airport, which complements a "department" airport also located around Punta del Este.
The main runway is 7000 ft (2133 m) long and is designed for aircraft up to the size and weight of a Boeing 747,400. There is also a shorter secondary runway. The airport is both civil and military. The Uruguayan Navy has its main (and only) base here for the naval aviation arm on the navy (Armada).
The modern building, designed by architect Carlos Ott, was inaugurated in 1997.
The airport is currently the second busiest airport in Uruguay, both in passenger service and scheduled flights.
Gabriel Gurméndez Armand-Ugon, former Uruguayan Minister of Transport and Public Works, has served as General Manager of the airport.
Airlines and destinations
|Aerolíneas Argentinas||Seasonal: Buenos Aires-Aeroparque|
|BQB Líneas Aéreas||Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Florianópolis|
|Sol Líneas Aéreas||Seasonal: Rosario|
The airport is located 15 km (9 mi) from downtown Punta del Este.
- Airport information for SULS at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for SULS at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Current weather for SULS at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for PDP at Aviation Safety Network
- Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport Photo Archive at airliners.net