Dorado Airport

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Dorado Airport
Summary
Location Dorado, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 18°27′52″N 066°17′33″W / 18.46444°N 66.29250°W / 18.46444; -66.29250Coordinates: 18°27′52″N 066°17′33″W / 18.46444°N 66.29250°W / 18.46444; -66.29250
Map
DPP is located in Puerto Rico
DPP
DPP
Location in Puerto Rico
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 3,500 1,067 Paved
Sources: IATA,[1] coordinates,[2] runway,[3] well[4]

Dorado Airport or Dorado Beach Airport (IATA: DDP)[1] was a small single runway airport in Dorado, Puerto Rico.

Clara Livingston, at the time owner of the property, ordered the strip to be built, and her friend, Amelia Earhart, may have used the facility as well.[4] Later on, the United States military, during World War II, paved the runway.[3]

Much later on, a large airline named Caribair (later overtaken by Eastern Air Lines), began flights there. When Caribair became part of Eastern, flights to Dorado Airport were suspended.

During the mid 1960s, Dorado was served by Dorado Wings, a small airline that operated charter flights between Dorado Airport and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan. The airline operated propeller airplanes.

In the early 1990s, the airport was officially closed. In 1996, the parcel was rezoned and construction commenced of a master planned community: Dorado Beach East. In memory of Dorado Airport and its founder, Ms. Clara Livingston, the developers built a children's playground themed with unique play airplanes, a hangar for activities, and a runway plaza.

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