Viru Viru International Airport

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Viru Viru International Airport
VVI 2011.jpg
VVI is located in Bolivia
Location of airport in Bolivia
Airport type Public
Operator abertis airports (Abertis)
Location Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Elevation AMSL 1,225 ft / 373 m
Coordinates 17°38′41″S 63°08′07″W / 17.64472°S 63.13528°W / -17.64472; -63.13528Coordinates: 17°38′41″S 63°08′07″W / 17.64472°S 63.13528°W / -17.64472; -63.13528
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 11,483 3,500 Concrete
Statistics (2005/06)
Passengers Served 2005 825,994
Passengers Served 2006 833,212

Viru Viru International Airport (IATA: VVIICAO: SLVR) is an aviation facility in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

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,[citation needed] despite Santa Cruz being Bolivia's second largest metropolitan area. La Paz is at high altitude and not ideally situated. Many travelers choose to fly from Viru Viru instead. Viru Viru is 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. It 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 1 March 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. In 2004, Spain's Abertis/AENA purchased TBI.

The biggest aircraft that can land on the runway is the Boeing 747-400 from the now defunct airline AeroSur.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque,[1] Buenos Aires-Ezeiza
Air Europa Madrid
Amaszonas Asunción, Brasília , Campo Grande, Cuiabá, Cochabamba,Iquique (begins October 1, 2014),[2] La Paz, Montevideo, Oruro (Begins October 1, 2014),[3]Sucre, Tarija
American Airlines Miami
Avianca Ecuador Quito[4]
Avianca Peru Lima
Boliviana de Aviación Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cobija, Cochabamba, La Paz, Madrid, Miami, Salta, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad
Seasonal: Quito
Boliviana de Aviación
operated by Omni Air International
Copa Airlines Panama City
EcoJet SA Riberalta, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad
Gol Airlines São Paulo-Guarulhos
LAN Airlines Iquique, Santiago de Chile
LAN Perú Lima
Pullmantur Air Charter: Madrid
TAM - Transporte Aéreo Militar Cobija, Cochabamba, La Paz, Puerto Suárez, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad
TAM Airlines Paraguay Asunción

Cargo operations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
American Airlines Miami
TAB - Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos Cochabamba, La Paz, Miami, Panama City
DHL Aviation
FedEx Express


  • On 8 March 2006, an Argentine air force 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 was forced to land at Rio Branco International Airport. No one was hurt.[5]

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