Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid Airport

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Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid Airport

Aeropuerto de La Rioja
Airport typePublic
OperatorAeropuertos Argentina 2000
ServesLa Rioja, Argentina
Elevation AMSL1,449 ft / 442 m
Coordinates29°22′50″S 66°47′45″W / 29.38056°S 66.79583°W / -29.38056; -66.79583Coordinates: 29°22′50″S 66°47′45″W / 29.38056°S 66.79583°W / -29.38056; -66.79583
IRJ is located in Argentina
Location of airport in Argentina
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,860 9,383 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Total Passengers63.096[1]
Source: WAD[2] GCM[3] Google Maps[4] SkyVector[5]

Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de La Rioja - Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid), (IATA: IRJ, ICAO: SANL) is the main airport in La Rioja Province, Argentina serving the city of La Rioja. The airport is on the northeast side of the city.

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


The airport was built in 1948, and was officially inaugurated with an LADE Vickers Viking flight on October 11, 1948 (linking 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, the old north-south grass runway was replaced by the current asphalt Runway 03/21. In 1978, a new 940 m2 (10,100 sq ft) passenger terminal and 70 car parking lot were added. In 1990, the terminal was air conditioned.

The La Rioja VOR and non-directional beacon (Idents: LAR) are located on the field.[7][8]

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

Airlines and destinations[edit]

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)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2014-04-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Airport information for SANL at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for Capitan Vicente Almando Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ "La Rioja Airport". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Vicente A Almonacid Airport". SkyVector. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  6. ^ Vicente Almandos Almonacid at
  7. ^ "La Rioja NDB". Our Airports. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  8. ^ "La Rioja VOR". Our Airports. Retrieved 4 June 2019.

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