Silvio Pettirossi International Airport

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Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Asunción Silvio Pettirossi
International Airport Silvio Pettirossi by Felipe Méndez.jpg
Front view of ASU Terminal


ASU is located in Paraguay
Location of airport in Paraguay
Airport type Public
Serves Asunción
Location Luque, Paraguay
Elevation AMSL 89 m / 291 ft
Coordinates 25°14′23″S 057°31′09″W / 25.23972°S 57.51917°W / -25.23972; -57.51917
Website DINAC
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,353 11,000 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 835,323
Aircraft Operations 39,907
Metric tonnes of cargo 9,367
Statistics: DINAC[1]

Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (IATA: ASUICAO: SGAS) is Paraguay's main national and international gateway, located at Luque, a city of Gran 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 two international concourses, the north concourse with 2 gates (5 and 6) and the south concourse with 4 gates (1 to 4).

Accessibility and location[edit]

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[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza
Amaszonas Montevideo, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru
Avianca Peru Lima
BQB Líneas Aéreas Montevideo
Seasonal: Punta del Este
Copa Airlines Panama City
Gol Airlines São Paulo-Guarulhos
TAGUA Encarnación
TAM Airlines (Paraguay) Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Ciudad del Este, Lima, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo-Guarulhos

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[2][3]
  • 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]
  • 4 February 1996: a LAC Colombia cargo Douglas DC-8-55F registration HK-3979X flying from Asunción to Campinas 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.[5]


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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ DINAC 2013 "Informe Estadístico del Transporte Aéreo 2013" (in Spanish). Departamento de Estadística de la Aviación Civil. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Accident description PP-PDJ". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "FAP2016 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Accident description HK-3979X". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 

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