Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid Airport

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Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid Airport
Aeropuerto de La Rioja - Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid
Airport type Public
Operator Government and Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
Serves La Rioja, La Rioja, Argentina
Location Ruta P5, Km 4, La Rioja (F5300)
Elevation AMSL 1,633 ft / 498 m
Coordinates 29°22′53″S 066°47′45″W / 29.38139°S 66.79583°W / -29.38139; -66.79583Coordinates: 29°22′53″S 066°47′45″W / 29.38139°S 66.79583°W / -29.38139; -66.79583
IRJ is located in Argentina
Location of airport in Argentina
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,860 9,377 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Total Passengers 63.096 [1]
Source: DAFIF[2][3]

Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de La Rioja - Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid)[4][5] (IATA: IRJICAO: SANL) is the main airport in La Rioja Province, Argentina serving the city of La Rioja. In 2007, 41,155 passengers used La Rioja Airport.[citation needed]

The airport was named after the Argentine aviation pioneer Vicente Almandos Almonacid (1882–1953).[6]


The airport was built in 1948, and was officially inaugurated with an LADE Viking flight on October 11, 1948 (joining La Rioja with Buenos Aires vía Río Cuarto, San Luis, Santa Rosa, and Córdoba). The first terminal was constructed in 1951. In 1952, Aerolíneas Argentinas started flying to La Rioja.

In 1969, a new runway was paved (old one: 18/36 GRASS, new one 03/21 ASPHALT). In 1978, a new terminal was built. In 1990, air conditioning was installed.

It has a 940 m² passenger terminal, 85,000 m² of runways, 33,800m² of taxiways, a 1,730 m² hangar, and a parking place for 70 cars.

Since March 16, 1999, it has been operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Catamarca


Traffic by calendar year. Official ACI Statistics
Passengers Change from previous year Aircraft operations Change from previous year Cargo
(metric tons)
Change from previous year
2005 45,695 Decrease 2.37% 1,916 Increase 8.19% 211 Decrease16.60%
2006 48,755 Increase 6.70% 1,791 Decrease 6.52% 237 Increase12.32%
2007 41,155 Decrease15.59% 1,416 Decrease20.94% 105 Decrease55.70%
2008 34,070 Decrease17.22% 1,448 Increase 2.26% 81 Decrease22.86%
2009 41,415 Increase21.56% 1,945 Increase34.32% 96 Increase18.52%
2010 35,821 Decrease13.51% 2,029 Increase 4.32% 86 Decrease10.42%
Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Statistics
(Years 2005-2010)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Airport information for SANL at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for IRJ at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  4. ^ (Spanish) LA RIOJA / Capitán Vicente A. Almonacid. AIP Argentina. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
  5. ^ (Spanish) Aeropuerto de La Rioja "Capitán Vicente A. Almonacid" Archived June 29, 2012, at Organismo Regulador del Sistema Nacional de Aeropuertos. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
  6. ^ Vicente Almandos Almonacid at

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