Viru Viru International Airport
|Viru Viru International Airport|
|IATA: VVI – ICAO: SLVR
|Operator||abertis airports (Abertis)|
|Location||Santa Cruz de la Sierra|
|Elevation AMSL||1,225 ft / 373 m|
|Passengers Served 2005||825,994|
|Passengers Served 2006||833,212|
A new modern airport for Santa Cruz was conceived in 1976, to replace the obsolete El Trompillo Airport. Upon its inauguration, Viru Viru became Bolivia's main gateway for international flights, despite Santa Cruz being Bolivia's second largest metropolitan area. La Paz is located at high altitude is not ideally situated and many travelers choose to fly from Viru Viru instead. Viru Viru is now the largest international airport in Bolivia.
Viru Viru is able to handle the largest commercial jets and handles domestic, regional, and international flights from North America and Europe. Viru Viru is the hub for Bolivia's biggest airline Boliviana de Aviación. Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano used Viru Viru as a hub before ceasing operations in 2008.
On March 1, 1997 the Government of Bolivia entered into a 25 year contract with Airport Group International to operate the three largest airports in Bolivia – El Alto International Airport in La Paz, Jorge Wilstermann International Airport in Cochabamba and Viru Viru International Airport. Servicios de Aeropuertos Bolivianos Sociedad Anonima (SABSA) was created to operate the concession. In 1999 Airport Group International was purchased by TBI plc and, in 2004, Spain's Abertis/AENA purchased TBI. The biggest aircraft that can land in the runway is the Boeing 747-400 from the now defunct airline AeroSur.
Airlines and destinations
|Aerolíneas Argentinas||Buenos Aires-Ezeiza|
|Amaszonas||Asunción, La Paz, Sucre|
|Boliviana de Aviación||Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cobija, Cochabamba, La Paz, Madrid, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad
|Boliviana de Aviación
operated by Omni Air International
|Copa Airlines||Panama City|
|Gol Airlines||São Paulo-Guarulhos|
|LAN Airlines||Iquique, Santiago de Chile|
|Pullmantur Air||Charter: Madrid|
|TAM - Transporte Aéreo Militar||Cobija, Cochabamba, La Paz, Puerto Suárez, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad|
|TAM Airlines Paraguay||Asunción|
|TAB - Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos||Cochabamba, La Paz, Miami, Panama City|
- On March 8, 2006, an Argentine airforce Learjet 35 flying from El Alto International Airport in La Paz to Viru Viru crashed after take off, killing all six people on board.
- 23 July 2010: an AeroSur Boeing 737 flying from Miami, Florida, USA, to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, with 122 passengers and 6 crew members on board, lost cabin pressurization at 08:00 UTC over the Brazilian Amazonia and therefore was forced to land at Rio Branco International Airport. No one was hurt.
- Weather in Santa Cruz - Viru Viru Airport
- Santa Cruz Travel Guide
- Homepage of the Viru Viru International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Viru Viru): (Sabsa = Servicios de Aeropuertos Bolivianos S.A. is the operator of three airports in Bolivia).
- Airport information for SLVR at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- Aerosur plane with 128 on board performed emergency landing in Brazil. ABC Color, quoting EFE news agency, 23 July 2010. In Spanish. Retrieved on 11 August 2010.