La Chinita International Airport

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La Chinita International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional La Chinita
La Chinita International Airport.jpg
MAR is located in Venezuela
Location of airport in Venezuela
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Government
Location Maracaibo
Elevation AMSL 235 ft / 72 m
Coordinates 10°33′29″N 71°43′40″W / 10.55806°N 71.72778°W / 10.55806; -71.72778
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03L/21R 9.843 3.000 Concrete
03R/21L 8.202 2.500 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Passengers movement 2.848.677

La Chinita International Airport (IATA: MARICAO: SVMC) is an airport located at Maracaibo, Venezuela.

The airport was opened on November 16, 1969, during the government of President of Venezuela Rafael Caldera to open a gate to the western part of the country and alleviate congestion from Simón Bolívar International Airport near Caracas, which manages about 90% of the international flights in Venezuela.

La Chinita International Airport is the second airport in importance by movements.

Terminals, Airlines and Destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aeropostal Caracas
Seasonal: Porlamar, Valencia [1]
American Airlines Miami [2] International
Aruba Airlines Aruba International
Aserca Airlines Barcelona, Caracas, Puerto Ordaz, Valencia
Seasonal: Aruba, Curaçao,[3] Punta Cana, Santo Domingo
Domestic, International
Avianca Bogota [4] International
Avior Airlines Bogota (coming soon), Medellín (coming soon), Barcelona, Caracas, Puerto Ordaz, Valencia [5] Domestic
Conviasa Caracas, Las Piedras, Maturin, Porlamar Domestic
Copa Airlines Panama City [6] International
Insel Air Curaçao International
LASER Airlines Caracas Domestic
Neos Milan International
Perla Airlines Charter: Aruba, Porlamar Domestic, International
Tiara Air Aruba International
Venezolana Aruba,[7] Caracas, Maturin, Panama City, Porlamar, Santa Barbara del Zulia Domestic, International

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 29 November 2006, a Conviasa Boeing 737-200 with 94 passengers on board made an emergency return to Maracaibo's La Chinita International Airport ten minutes after takeoff due to a window fracture. After another entity became the owner of the aircraft, the aircraft crashed on 30 August 2008 near Latacunga, Ecuador, killing all three crew members.


  1. ^ Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela
  2. ^ American Airlines
  3. ^ Aserca Airlines
  4. ^ in spanish
  5. ^ Avior Airlines
  6. ^ Copa Airlines
  7. ^ Venezolana
  8. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 

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