Gregorio Luperón International Airport

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Gregorio Luperón International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón
Puerto Plata Airport 1.JPG
IATA: POPICAO: MDPP
Summary
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
Coordinates 19°45′28″N 070°34′12″W / 19.75778°N 70.57000°W / 19.75778; -70.57000Coordinates: 19°45′28″N 070°34′12″W / 19.75778°N 70.57000°W / 19.75778; -70.57000
Website Puerto Plata Airport
Map
MDPP is located in the Dominican Republic
MDPP
MDPP
Location of airport in Dominican Republic
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,081 10,108 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 744,754
Aircraft Operations 4,811
Sources: Departamento Aeroportuario[1] and DAFIF[2][3]
Pico Isabel de Torres with a ThomsonFly.com 767-300

Gregorio Luperón International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón) (IATA: POPICAO: 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.

Main terminal[edit]

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.

Incidents[edit]

  • 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[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Aeronaves Dominicanas Samaná, Santiago de los Caballeros
Air Berlin Düsseldorf, Munich
Air Canada Seasonal: Halifax
Air Canada Rouge Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Air Transat Montréal-Trudeau
Seasonal: Hamilton, Québec City, Thunder Bay, Toronto-Pearson
American Airlines Miami
Arkefly Amsterdam
Condor Frankfurt
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
InterCaribbean Airways Providenciales, San Juan
JetBlue Airways New York-JFK
Seasonal: Boston (begins November 1, 2014)[4]
Monarch Airlines London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle
Novair Seasonal Charter: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Servicios Aéreos Profesionales Charter: St. Croix
Sunwing Airlines Montréal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Québec City, Sudbury, Toronto-Pearson
Thomas Cook Airlines Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Thomson Airways East Midlands, London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Glasgow-International
Transaero Airlines Seasonal Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo [5] St. Petersburg [5]
United Airlines Newark
WestJet Toronto-Pearson
XL Airways France Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Cargo carriers[edit]

Puerto Plata ground crew attending to a flight.
Airlines Destinations
Amerijet Miami via Santiago de los Caballeros
DHL Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo-Las Americas
IBC Airways Miami

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Departamento Aeroportuario - 2008 passenger statistics
  2. ^ Airport information for MDPP at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for POP at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  4. ^ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/jetblue-launches-seasonal-routes-boston-100000226.html;_ylt=AwrBEiHF6GtTpwcAeQbQtDMD
  5. ^ a b ""Библио Глобус" открыл прямые перелеты в Пуэрто-Плата". RATA-news. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 

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