Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport

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Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport
Aeropuerto Juan Gualberto Gómez
Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport overview Idaszak.jpg
IATA: VRAICAO: MUVR
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator ECASA S.A.
Location Varadero
Elevation AMSL 64 m / 210 ft
Coordinates 23°02′04″N 81°26′07″W / 23.03444°N 81.43528°W / 23.03444; -81.43528Coordinates: 23°02′04″N 81°26′07″W / 23.03444°N 81.43528°W / 23.03444; -81.43528
Website www.varadero-airport.com
Map
MUVR is located in Cuba
MUVR
MUVR
Location in Cuba
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 3,502 11,490 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Number of Passengers 1,275,000
Source: Aerodrome chart[1]

Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport (IATA: VRAICAO: MUVR), formerly known as Varadero Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Varadero), is an international airport serving Varadero, Cuba and the province of Matanzas. The airport is located closer to the city of Matanzas than to Varadero. The closest airport to Varadero is Kawama Airport. In 2009, the airport handled 1.28 million passengers,[2] making it the second busiest airport in Cuba after José Martí International Airport in Havana.

Overview[edit]

Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport was built in 1989 and inaugurated by Fidel Castro,[3] thus replacing the old Varadero airport located in Santa Marta, currently known as Kawama Airport. The airport was named after a journalist, fighter for the Cuban Independence and black rights activist in Cuba Juan Gualberto Gómez (1854–1933).

The terminal building has shops for tourists (including rum, cigars, T-shirts, books, carvings, pharmaceuticals), a large departures lounge cafeterias and a VIP lounge. A VIP card is available by paying $30/person to the local tour company representative. This allows the departing passenger to bypass the queues for check-in, have an agent take your departure tax to the correct official for you, and bypass any lines for passport control. The passenger is then taken to the VIP lounge which provides free food and drink (including alcoholic beverages).[4] The ground handling equipment is imported mainly from North America. There are four jet bridges, but air stairs are used for the remaining aircraft parking spaces on the apron by the terminal.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Düsseldorf, Munich
Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel
Air Canada Calgary, Montréal-Trudeau
Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa
Air Canada Rouge Toronto-Pearson
Air Transat Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, London (ON), Montréal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Québec City, Regina, Saskatoon, St. John's, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver
Arkefly Amsterdam
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich,[5][6] Vienna
Condor
operated by Thomas Cook Airlines
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn (begins 11 November 2014)[7]
Cubana de Aviación Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Montréal-Trudeau, Santiago de Cuba, Toronto-Pearson
Finnair Seasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda, Helsinki-Vantaa
Jetairfly Brussels
Seasonal: Billund, Copenhagen
LOT Polish Airlines Charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Servicios Aéreos Profesionales Punta Cana
Sunwing Airlines London (ON), Montréal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto-Pearson, North Bay
Seasonal: Edmonton, Hamilton, Fredericton, Québec City, Sault Ste. Marie
Thomas Cook Airlines London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Thomson Airways Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Vnukovo,[8] St Petersburg
WestJet Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary, London (ON), Montréal-Trudeau
White Airways Seasonal: Lisbon

Incidents[edit]

There has been 5 significant incidents involving aircraft from or en route to the airport since the 1950s. Only 1 flight involved resulted in fatalities. Three flights involved Cubans hijacking an aircraft to flee to the United States.

  • March 6, 2005 - Air Transat Flight 961 Airbus A310 returned safely to airport following detachment of rudder after take off.
  • December 29, 1992 - Aerocaribbean Antonov 26 was hijacked en route to Varadero Airport from Havana. Aircraft lands in Miami.[9]

Incidents in the old Varadero (Santa Marta) Airport:

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