Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
|Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Asunción Silvio Pettirossi
|Front view of ASU Terminal|
|IATA: ASU – ICAO: SGAS
|Elevation AMSL||89 m / 291 ft|
Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (IATA: ASU, ICAO: SGAS) is Paraguay's main national and international gateway, located at Luque, suburb of the capital Asunción. It is named after the Paraguayan aviator Silvio Pettirossi and was formerly known as Presidente Stroessner International Airport, after Paraguay's former head of state General Alfredo Stroessner.
The airport serves as hub for TAM Airlines also known as Transportes Aéreos del Mercosur S.A., formerly known as TAM Mercosur and LAP (Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas).
The terminal building splits into domestic and international concourses, with 2 gates (5 and 6) and 4 gates (1 to 4) respectively. However, the airport currently receives only one domestic flight, handled at the International Concourse. The domestic concourse handles cargo, general aviation and charter flights.
Accessibility and location
The airport, located within Luque, may be reached from the city of Asuncion via the Airport Main Road (Avenida Aviadores del Chaco), which runs adjacent to nearby Ñu Guasú Park. Asuncion's local bus line 30-A links the city center with the airport's terminal. The airport is also near the headquarters of CONMEBOL, the continental governing body of association football in South America.
Airlines and destinations
Accidents and incidents
- 3 December 1945: an USAAF Douglas C-47B-5-DK registration 43-48602 flying from Asunción to Montevideo crashed 16 km SE of Carlos Pellegrini, Argentina. All 14 people on board died.
- 16 June 1955: a Panair do Brasil Lockheed L-049/149 Constellation registration PP-PDJ operating flight 263 from São Paulo-Congonhas to Asunción hit a 12m tree while on final approach to land at Asunción. Part of the wing broke-off, the aircraft crashed and caught fire. Of the 24 passengers and crew aboard, 16 died.
- 27 August 1980: Transporte Aéreo Militar - TAM Paraguayo, a Douglas C-47B registration FAP2016 crashed on approach to Silvio Pettirossi International Airport. The aircraft was on a flight to Ayolas when an engine failed shortly after take-off and the decision was made to land back at Asunción. One person was killed
- 4 February 1996: a LAC Colombia cargo Douglas DC-8-55F registration HK-3979X flying from Asunción to Campinas-Viracopos for an empty positioning flight from Asunción. At VR power was reduced on no. 1 engine and, after rotation, also on the no. 2 engine. With the gear still down and flaps at 15° the aircraft lost control and crashed on a playing field 2 km past the runway. The crew possibly used the positioning flight as an opportunity for crew training. All four occupants of the aircraft and 20 persons on the ground died.
- DINAC Statistics for the Airport
- "Accident description 43-48602". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Accident description PP-PDJ". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
- Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Noite do Paraguai". O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX através dos seus acidentes 1928-1996 (in Portuguese) (2 ed.). Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. pp. 145–149. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.
- "FAP2016 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2010.
- "Accident description HK-3979X". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
- Airport information for SGAS at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for SGAS at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Current weather for SGAS at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for ASU at Aviation Safety Network
- Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
- A-Z World Airports Online - Asuncion - Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (ASU/SGAS)
- GROUND HANDLING & FBO on ASUNCION (ASU/SGAS)
- Google Map of ASU
- Flickr group for photos of ASU