Bluefields Airport

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Bluefields International Airport
Bluefieds lentok.jpg
Airport type Military/Public
Operator EAAI
Serves Bluefields
Location Bluefields
Elevation AMSL 41 ft / 12 m
Coordinates 11°59′27″N 083°46′27″W / 11.99083°N 83.77417°W / 11.99083; -83.77417Coordinates: 11°59′27″N 083°46′27″W / 11.99083°N 83.77417°W / 11.99083; -83.77417
MNBL is located in Nicaragua
Location in Nicaragua
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,019 6,624 asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1] GCM[2] Google Maps[3]

Bluefields International Airport (IATA: BEFICAO: MNBL) is an airport that serves Bluefields, Nicaragua. It is the busiest airport in the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. A new terminal was opened recently and extension of the runway is planned. Currently, the airport serves only domestic and small international destinations, but plans are to make it international in the future. The airport is approximately 2 km (1.2 mi) from the city center, and there are taxis and buses available there.[4]

The Bluefields VOR/DME (ident: BLU) is located on the airfield.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Avianca Nicaragua Corn Island, Managua, Puerto Cabezas
Nature Air Charter: San José-Bolaños

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 10 May 1982, two hijackers demanded a Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando of Aeronica to leave its Bluefields-Corn Island route and land in Costa Rica instead. The pilots obeyed and landed at Limón International Airport in Costa Rica, where the perpetrators surrendered.
  • On July 20 1999, a Cessna Grand Caravan operating as La Costeña flight 046 from Managua to Bluefields crashed into a remote hillside 50 km west of Bluefields when it descended prematurely, killing all 16 on board.
  • On December 19 2007 a Short 360 Tremendous shock took the passengers and crew of an La Costeña airline when it "struck" a tire when attempting takeoff from Bluefields Airport. No-one was hurt.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for MNBL at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for MNBL at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ Google Maps - Bluefields
  4. ^ Archived from the original on April 8, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Bluefields VOR
  6. ^ "Accident description - ASN". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 

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