Simón Bolívar International Airport (Venezuela)
|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Spanish Wikipedia. (November 2012)|
|Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetia
Aeropuerto de Maiquetia
|IATA: CCS – ICAO: SVMI|
|Operator||Instituto Autónomo del Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía|
|Elevation AMSL||235 ft / 72 m|
|Total passengers||10, 430, 243|
Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetia (IATA: CCS, ICAO: SVMI) (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetia Simón Bolívar) is an international airport located in Maiquetía, Venezuela, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) from downtown Caracas.
Simply called 'Maiquetia' by the local population, it is the top international air passenger gateway to Venezuela among the twelve international airports in the country. From 1960 to 1997, it was the main hub for VIASA, Venezuela's former flag carrier till the air carrier went bankrupt.
It handles flights to many important cities in the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East.
Since 2000, the airport has been undergoing major changes in order to meet international standards and to improve passenger traffic, security, immigration areas, and customs areas. Security measures have become top priority since the 9/11 events, and now departure areas and arrival areas are completely split into the lower and upper levels of the airport. As part of an expansion plan, new international gates are currently in construction, and a section of the parking area has been cleared to build an airport hotel.
Maiquetia airport has two terminals: Domestic (D) and international (I).
Terminals, airlines and destinations 
D=Domestic Terminal. I=International Terminal.
Cargo airlines 
Other facilities 
Notable accidents 
- On 27 November 1956, a Linea Aeropostal Flight 253, a Lockheed Constellation, crashed while on final approach to Caracas Airport. All 25 passengers and crew on board were killed.
- On 12 December 1968, Pan Am Flight 217, crashed while on approach to Caracas. All 51 passengers and crew on board were killed.
- On 4 December 1969, Air France Flight 212 crashed shortly after takeoff from Simón Bolívar International Airport. All 62 passengers and crew on board were killed.
- On 16 October 2008 a RUTACA Airlines Boeing 737 went out of the runway while braking for arrival at 3:30 PM. It was flying from San Antonio with 44 people. Fortunately no-one was killed or even injured.
See also 
- List of Venezuelan Airlines
- Los Roques Airport – an airport serving Los Roques archipelago national park, remotely controlled from Simón Bolívar International Airport
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