Gregorio Luperón International Airport
|Gregorio Luperón International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón
|IATA: POP – ICAO: MDPP|
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Operator||Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI S.A. (Aerodom)|
|Location||Sosua, Puerto Plata in Puerto Plata Province, Dominican Republic|
|Elevation AMSL||15 ft / 5 m|
|Sources: Departamento Aeroportuario and DAFIF|
Gregorio Luperón International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón) (IATA: POP, ICAO: MDPP), also known as Puerto Plata Airport, is located in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. It is the Dominican Republic's fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic and aircraft movements, after Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros airports. The airport is named after General Gregorio Luperón, a Dominican military and state leader.
Capable of handling planes of all sizes, Puerto Plata Airport has benefited from being in an area with many beaches, which are popular among charter airline passengers. The popularity of the city where it is located has also drawn a number of regularly scheduled passenger airlines over the years.
The main terminal building has 10 gates; 5 with boarding bridges on the satellite concourse, and 5 without in the frontal concourse. The terminal can support three Boeing 747-400s simultaneously.
- On February 6, 1996, Birgenair Flight 301 was bound for Frankfurt, Germany, but crashed shortly after take-off from Puerto Plata Airport into the Atlantic Ocean 26 kilometres off-shore. All 176 passengers and 13 crew members, among them 164 Germans, were killed. It was discovered later that one of the air speed indicators of the Boeing 757-200 was not working properly, confusing the pilots about whether the plane's speed was too fast or too slow. Birgenair went bankrupt later that same year.
- On January 22, 2009, Air Turks and Caicos flight 5103 landed in Puerto Plata and punched one of the gears in the middle of the runways; as a result the airport had to be closed for 5 hours and all incoming flights had been diverted to Santiago, Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. No injures were reported.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:
|Amerijet||Miami via Santiago de los Caballeros|
|DHL||Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo-Las Americas|
- Departamento Aeroportuario - 2008 passenger statistics
- Airport information for MDPP at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for POP at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- "«Библио Глобус» открыл прямые перелеты в Пуэрто-Плата". RATA-news. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
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- Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón
- Current weather for MDPP at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for POP at Aviation Safety Network