Las Américas International Airport

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Las Américas International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas
MDSD-TerminalA&Bview.JPG
Las Américas Airport Terminals view. Copa, Air Pullmantur in Terminal A, and American in Terminal B
IATA: SDQICAO: MDSD
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government
Operator Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI S.A. (Aerodom), with their international airport operator, Vancouver Airport Services, Ltd. (YVRAS)
Serves Santo Domingo
Location Boca Chica in Greater Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Hub for PAWA Dominicana
Elevation AMSL 59 ft / 18 m
Coordinates 18°25′46″N 069°40′08″W / 18.42944°N 69.66889°W / 18.42944; -69.66889Coordinates: 18°25′46″N 069°40′08″W / 18.42944°N 69.66889°W / 18.42944; -69.66889
Map
MDSD is located in the Dominican Republic
MDSD
MDSD
Location of airport in Dominican Republic
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 11,002 3,355 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft Operations 29,073
Passengers 3,136,522
Based Aircraft 19 approx.
Source: Banco Central República Dominicana
"SDQ" redirects here. SDQ is also the former callsign of a TV station in Warwick, Queensland, Australia.

Las Américas International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas, or AILA) (IATA: SDQICAO: MDSD) is an international airport located in Punta Caucedo, near Santo Domingo and Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic. The airport is run by Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (AERODOM), a private corporation based in the Dominican Republic under a 25-year concession to build, operate, and transfer (BOT) six airports of the country's airports. Las Américas usually receives Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, 777; Airbus A319, A320, A330, A340; and many long-, mid-, short-haul aircraft.

The airport is the second busiest in the country, after Punta Cana International Airport, and one of the largest in the Caribbean, handling 3.1 million passengers in 2012 through its air terminal.[1]

History[edit]

Las Américas Airport opened in 1959 as the official airport of Santo Domingo.[2] The official name of the airport was changed in 2002 to "Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas- José Francisco Peña Gómez (AIJFPG)" but is most commonly referred to as "Las Américas International Airport", or locally, "Las Américas".

On February 15, 1970, a Dominicana de Aviación DC-9 that was flying to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, crashed, killing all 102 persons on board (see: Dominicana DC-9 air disaster).

Las Américas was the hub for Dominicana de Aviación, APA Dominicana International, Air Santo Domingo, and a number of other, smaller airlines. Currently, PAWA Dominicana and SAP Air are based there.

Las Américas also has served as a hub for airlines such as Aeromar Líneas Aéreas Dominicanas, Air Santo Domingo, Aero Continente Dominicana, and Queen Air.

Recently, the expressway leading from Santo Domingo to the airport (roughly 20 km east of the city center) was expanded and modernised. The new expressway crosses a new suspension bridge which spans the Ozama River, connecting traffic into the city's Elevated Freeway and Tunnel system onto the city's main street, Av. 27 de Febrero. A more scenic route following the coastal shore provides beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea and of the city. This secondary road crosses the Ozama River by means of a floating bridge, connecting traffic onto the Av. George Washington (el Malecón) which leads into the heart of the colonial city.

The new northern terminal[edit]

On 18 April 2007,a new terminal is complete and open for operations. It can accommodate four Airbus A380s simultaneously. This new terminal has four gates with boarding bridges, an air-conditioning system, and maintenance facilities for aircraft.

Runway[edit]

Las Américas' runway direction is 17/35. This runway is the largest in the country, and one of the largest in the Caribbean. With a length of 3,355 m, it is able to support an Airbus A380. The runway of SDQ was last renovated in June 2008. The old taxi-way was also renovated and converted into a full runway while the old runway was being renovated, then it was converted back into a taxiway after the normal runway was finished. The runway accommodated the Antonov An-225 to supply goods after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[3]

Concourses[edit]

Northeastern airborne view of SDQ and its runway
American Eagle ATR at the airport

Las Américas has seven gates on the main satellite concourse (A), A1 through A6, which have a shared use and in the same concourse there is an American Eagle gate, A7. Other gate facilities are for the flights departing from a parking in the taxiway. back in the 1960s and 70s the airport used to be much smaller, The original building was half the size of today's newest structure but with a still modern look.

Concourse B has five gates, B1 through B5. Terminal B is the newest and most modern in the country. Terminal B now features a co-branded Copa Club operated jointly by United Airlines and Copa Airlines, along with the Admirals Club operated by the Oneworld alliance members.

The average number of daily flights in and out of Las Americas ranges between 68 and 84 flights. JetBlue Airways is the largest airline operating at Las Américas.

Airlines, and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aeronaves Dominicanas Samaná, Santo Domingo-La Isabela Domestic
Air Antilles Express Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre B
Air Caraïbes Fort-de-France, Paris-Orly, Pointe-à-Pitre A
Air Century Constanza, Santiago de los Caballeros Domestic
Air Europa Madrid A
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle A
Air Turks and Caicos Kingston
Seasonal: Providenciales
B
American Airlines Miami B
Avianca Bogotá, Lima (ends 2 January 2015),[4] San José (CR) A
Condor Frankfurt, San José (CR) A
Copa Airlines Panama City B
Cubana Havana A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York-JFK A
Gol Airlines Campinas-Viracopos, Miami, Orlando, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos A
Iberia Madrid A
Insel Air Curaçao, St. Maarten A
Jetairfly Brussels B
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York-JFK, Orlando, San Juan A
LIAT Dominica-Melville Hall, (begins 5 December, 2014), Port-au-Prince (The launch of this service has been delayed until further notice) B
LASER Airlines Caracas
Phoenix Airways Aruba, Barbados, St.Kitts[5] -
Pullmantur Air Seasonal Charter: Madrid A
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale A
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal Charter: Montreal-Trudeau A
Seaborne Airlines San Juan A
United Airlines Newark B
US Airways Philadelphia B
Venezolana Caracas A
Winair Curaçao, Sint Maarten

^2 Aserca Airlines is currently not permitted to operate its owns flights to the Dominican Republic.

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
ABX Air Miami
Amerijet Miami, Santiago de los Caballeros, Port-au-Prince, St. Maarten, San Juan, Curaçao, Barcelona (Venezuela), Caracas, Port of Spain, Aruba
FedEx Seasonal: Aguadilla, Fort Lauderdale
LIAT Quikpak St. Maarten
Tampa Cargo Medellin
UPS Airlines Miami
Vensecar Internacional Aruba

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest International Routes from SDQ
(2012)
[6]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 New York City (JFK) 758,606 American, Delta, JetBlue
2 Miami (MIA) 447,159 American
3 Madrid (MAD) 333,398 Air Europa, Iberia, Pullmantur Air
4 Panama City (PTY) 323,699 Copa
5 San Juan (SJU) 230,563 American Eagle, JetBlue
6 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 148,100 JetBlue, Spirit
7 Newark (EWR) 129,034 United
8 Atlanta (ATL) 92,400 Delta
9 Boston (BOS) 70,388 JetBlue
10 Orlando (MCO) 52,082 JetBlue

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On February 7, 2008, American Eagle flight 5111 had to make an emergency landing in La Romana International Airport after departing from Las Américas International Airport to Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport at 11:30 am. The captain said that he had some problems with the right engine, and as they were approaching the La Romana zone smoke began to spray into the cabin. The captain spoke to La Romana's control tower and obtained permission to make an emergency landing there. The aircraft was an ATR-72-500.
  • On April 20, 2008, Cubana de Aviacion flight 201, bound for Havana, had to return to Las Americas, after reporting two of four engines were out of service, and one was on fire. The IL-62 landed without secondary problems into runway 17. All 117 passengers were without any injuries. The plane was in the air next day and landed La Habana with no problems as CUB201D.

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