Cibao International Airport

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Cibao International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao
Airport typePrivate
Owner/OperatorAeropuerto Internacional del Cibao S.A.
ServesSantiago de los Caballeros
LocationLicey in Santiago Province, Dominican Republic
Elevation AMSL565 ft / 172 m
Coordinates19°24′22″N 070°36′17″W / 19.40611°N 70.60472°W / 19.40611; -70.60472Coordinates: 19°24′22″N 070°36′17″W / 19.40611°N 70.60472°W / 19.40611; -70.60472
WebsiteAeropuerto Cibao
MDST is located in the Dominican Republic
Location of airport in the Dominican Republic
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 8,595 2,620 Asphalt/Concrete
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 60 16 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
PassengersIncrease 1,717,611
Aircraft Operations10,404
Cargo30,000,000 Lbs1
Based Aircraft14

Cibao International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao) (IATA: STI, ICAO: MDST), also known as Santiago Airport, is located in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic's second-largest city. It is the country's third-busiest airport by passenger traffic and aircraft movements, after Punta Cana International Airport and Las Américas International Airport.

The airport is located 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) southeast of Santiago City's center.

The air terminal mainly serves Dominicans residing in the United States, Cuba, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Puerto Rico and Panama, as well as Haitians residing in the Cibao Region. Recently many tourists and missionary workers are using Cibao Int'l as a gateway to the Dominican Republic.

JetBlue is the primary international operator, with up to seven daily flights to New York–JFK, Newark, and Boston.


Plans for the construction of the airport were first proposed in 1969. The Cibao International Airport Corporation was created on March 29, 1978 with the cooperation of José Armando Bermúdez (president), Víctor Espaillat, Manuel Arsenio Ureña, Dr. José Augusto Imbert, Mario Cáceres and Ing. Carlos S. Fondeur, who acquired the land necessary to build the new airport.

The construction of the airport began on February 15, 2000 and was finished in 2002. The airport was inaugurated on March 18, 2002 with two direct flights to San Juan operated by American Eagle.

In May 2002 Aeromar Líneas Aéreas Dominicanas made the first direct flight from Santiago to JFK Airport in New York City. Later that month American Airlines and North American Airlines began direct flights to New York, Miami, and San Juan. A few months later Continental Airlines began direct flights from Newark. This was followed by direct service by JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines, both from New York.[1] Aeromar became Santiago as it secondary hub, after Las Américas International Airport.

In 2003 Aeromar Líneas Aéreas Dominicanas stopped their flights into Santiago after the airline stopped operations.

By the end of 2005 the airport's operator began one of the biggest expansions for this airport. They expanded the custom hall and rebuilt the west and east side of the terminal. The terminal saw the addition of a second floor. This expansion was finalized in 2006. The runway's 400-meter (1,300 ft) expansion is currently in folders, but there is no scheduled date to begin or conclude this expansion yet.

In April 2008, Cibao International became the first airport in the country to exonerate fees for private planes, making it possible to increase tourism in the region.

In June, 2008, Continental Airlines announced the discontinuation of their services to Santiago until September 3. Delta Air Lines announced the new service to Atlanta, starting on December 20, 2008 and the resuming of the New York route on December 13, 2008.

On January 9, 2009, Spirit Airlines announced operations to Santiago City from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, starting on June 21, 2009. They are operating this route using Airbus A319 aircraft.

In 2010 the airport recovered passengers movement from last year, handling more than 900,000. It also became the third-busiest airport by passengers in the country, been already ranked number three in aircraft operations. In this year were established also regular domestics routes from Santiago operated by Aerolineas Mas, Air Century and VolAir. Aerolineas Mas became the strongest domestic airline in the airport and started operating Santiago's Airport as a Focus City-Destination.

On April 1, 2013 American Airlines stopped their direct flight to New York's JFK Airport. They used to fly this route with the Airbus A300 until 2008 when they started using the Boeing 767-300ER.


The Cibao International Airport infrastructure consists of the main international terminal, domestic terminal and a cargo terminal. The international terminal is the most utilized and receives most of the flights operating in here and it has modern installations to make easier the check-in, boarding and baggage claim processes.

The airport's owners are planning to expand the runway and the construction of the new taxiway next to the runway by the next year.

Runway and taxiways[edit]

Runway 11/29

The runway length is 2,620 m, which can support all types of passenger airliners. The airport's operators are discussing the expansion of the runway to allow larger aircraft such as a Boeing 747 for long-haul flights from Europe.

Runway 11/29 is one of the most modern runways in the country; it provides ILS (Instrument Landing System) for both runways. Cibao International Airport and Las Américas International Airport are the only two airports in Dominican Republic equipped with this system.


Cibao International Airport's taxiways are composed by two exits E-1 and E-2; E-1 is located on the west side of Runway 11/29, next to the direction 11 of that runway. E-2 is located in the east side of the runway, next to direction 29 of the runway.[2]

Runway lighting

Lighting STI
RWY Designador Tipe LEN INTST THR LGT (Colour) WBAR PAPI LGT LEN RWY Center Line LGT RWY Edge LGT (Colour) RWY End LGT (Colour) SWY LGT (Colour) ILS (Colour)
Runway 11 MALSR Green PAPI 4 None Yellow-Blue White-Blue Red None White
Runway 29 Green PAPI 4 None Yellow-Blue White-Blue Red Yellow-White White


Continental Airlines Boeing 777-200ER at exit E-2 leaving the Main Terminal for a flight to Newark
An American Airlines Boeing 757 on the tarmac

In 2005 the airport received an Antonov AN-124 of Volga-Dnepr, for the first time, from Spain for military activity along the border with Haiti. It remained in Santiago for two days before returning to Spain.

JetBlue, as the current largest operator, has seven or eight daily flights to New York–JFK and a daily flight to Boston with an 87% occupation in their flights,[citation needed] all of them operated with their Airbus A320 and A321 fleet. Also, JetBlue has two daily flight to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey using the Airbus A320. Recently, JetBlue has announced daily flights to Fort Lauderdale which commenced on June 14, 2018, making Fort Lauderdale its fifth destination to STI and it uses the Airbus A320.

Delta Air Lines operates between three and five daily flights to New York–JFK using the Boeing 737-800.

United Airlines operates a daily flight to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey using the Boeing 737-900ER.

American Airlines operates a daily flight to Miami using the Boeing 737-800. During the summer, American operates a second daily flight to Miami International Airport.

Spirit Airlines is operating flights to Fort Lauderdale (daily flights only in the summer) with Airbus A320 family aircraft, taking over the fourth place from Copa Airlines.

Copa Airlines, the Panama's flag carrier, operates five weekly flights to Panama City. Copa operates their flights with the Embraer 190.

InterCaribbean Airways operates three weekly flights to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands using their Embraer E-120 fleet.

Aerolineas Mas operated six weekly flights to Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo-JBQ, running as the sixth airline in flights but the seventh in seating capacity. Seating occupation for Aerolineas Mas was 70% and they operated with the JS31 aircraft.[citation needed]

Air Century operated four weekly flights to Punta Cana and Santo Domingo-JBQ. They used Jetstream 31 aircraft.

Increased passenger status[edit]

Since its inauguration, Cibao International has been projected to become one of busiest airports in terms of passenger traffic in the country.[citation needed] Presently it has become the third-busiest airport in the Dominican Republic, only being surpassed by the airports of Punta Cana and Santo Domingo.

JetBlue Airways Departing runway 11.

The airport served more than 970,000 passengers in 2006.[citation needed]

Airport expansion[edit]

Cibao Airport Corporation has expanded the international terminal, which now includes a new check-in area, an extension of the commercial area with a new food court, located in the second level, a new baggage claim carousel, making a total of three and the reconstruction of a new duty-free zone.[3]


International terminal[edit]

The airport's main terminal (international) has six gates (B1-B6).[4] Five of these gates provide boarding docks (B1-B2/B4-B6). It is located between the domestic terminal and the cargo terminal. It has all of the facilities of a modern airport.

Future expansion of this airport is being discussed which would include additional gates and baggage handling areas as well as expanding the taxiway. Recently gates B1 and B2 received boarding docks leaving gate B3 for smaller aircraft. JetBlue Airways is the current largest carrier at the airport.

Domestic terminal[edit]

The airport's domestic terminal, also called the General Aviation hall, has three stands (A1 to A3), and is located next to the international terminal. It is used for domestic flights and charter private flights. Aerolineas Mas is currently the major domestic airline in this Airport. Operating flights to Santo Domingo-JBQ and Port-au-Prince, and with plans to operate regularly to Punta Cana, Aerolineas Mas had made of this airport it Focus City. Air Century recently launched regular domestics flights from/to Santo Domingo-JBQ, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, operating all their flights through the Domestic Terminal.


This airport also serves as the northern air base for the Dominican Air Force, however, mainly as a support facility. Presently there are no military aircraft stationed at this airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Air Century Seasonal: San Juan
American Airlines Miami
Caicos Express Airways Providenciales
Copa Airlines Panama City
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK
Frontier Airlines Newark
InterCaribbean Airways Providenciales
JetBlue Boston, Newark, New York–JFK
Seaborne Airlines San Juan
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
United Airlines Newark


Amerijet International Miami, Saint Maarten, Santo Domingo-Las Americas, San Juan, Port Au Prince, Port Of Spain
IBC Airways Miami
MN Aviation Aguadilla, San Juan, Santo Domingo-Las Americas


Busiest International Routes from STI
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 United States New York City 1,012,007 Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
2 United States Newark 246,579 JetBlue, United Airlines
3 United States Miami 133,953 American Airlines
4 United States Fort Lauderdale 128,158 JetBlue, Spirit Airlines
5 United States Boston 114,760 JetBlue

Incidents and accidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ JetBlue and (March 8, 2004). "JetBlue operations in STI". Retrieved 2008-04-26.
  2. ^ AIP/AIS Dominicana (March 1, 2008). "Diagrama Aeroportuario - Dirección de Navegación Aérea". IDAC Instituto Dominicano de Aviación Civil. Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
  3. ^ Migssant/ACD (March 15, 2008). "Parte Oeste Aeropuerto Cibao - Expancion de la Terminal 1". Aviación Civil Dominicana ACD. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
  4. ^ IDAC (March 1, 2008). "Ramps Map STI" (PDF). AIP Dominicana (IDAC). Retrieved 2008-04-26.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2017-08-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Franklin Cordero (February 17, 2008). "Caribair Britten N Islander Crash in La Romana". El Caribe. Archived from the original on March 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-18.

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