Bluefields Airport

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Bluefields International Airport
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Summary
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OperatorEAAI
ServesBluefields, Nicaragua
Elevation AMSL41 ft / 12 m
Coordinates11°59′27″N 83°46′27″W / 11.99083°N 83.77417°W / 11.99083; -83.77417Coordinates: 11°59′27″N 83°46′27″W / 11.99083°N 83.77417°W / 11.99083; -83.77417
Map
BEF is located in Nicaragua
BEF
BEF
Location in Nicaragua
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,019 6,624 Asphalt
Source: WAD[1] GCM[2] Google Maps[3]

Bluefields International Airport (IATA: BEF, ICAO: MNBL) is an airport serving Bluefields, a harbor city in the South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region of 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. Taxicab and bus service are available.[4]

The airport is just south of the city on the Bluefields Bay shore. North approach and departure are over the water. The runway length includes a 175 metres (574 ft) displaced threshold on Runway 23.

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

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
La Costeña Corn Island, Managua, Puerto Cabezas
Nature Air Charter: San José-Bolaños[citation needed]

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 a La Costeña airline when it "struck" a tire when attempting takeoff from Bluefields Airport. No-one was hurt.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for MNBL at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for Bluefields Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ Google Maps - Bluefields
  4. ^ "Bluefields terminal information". Archived from the original on April 8, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2007.
  5. ^ "Bluefields VOR". Our Airports. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Accident description - ASN". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 May 2015.

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