Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport

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Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Gustavo Rojas Pinilla
Airport typePublic
LocationSan Andrés, Colombia
Elevation AMSL19 ft / 6 m
Coordinates12°35′00″N 81°42′40″W / 12.58333°N 81.71111°W / 12.58333; -81.71111
ADZ is located in Isla de San Andrés (Colombia)
ADZ is located in San Andrés y Providencia
ADZ is located in Colombia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,375 7,792 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers movement2.115.377
Cargo movement6.822 T
Air operations14.993
Source: GCM[2]

Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport (IATA: ADZ, ICAO: SKSP) (formerly Sesquicentenario Airport) is the main airport in the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, one of the departments of Colombia. It is able to receive large aircraft and to accommodate seasonal and charter flights from different parts of the Americas and Europe.


The air terminal was renamed in honor of General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla (1900–1975), former president of Colombia, who ordered the airport built in the mid-1950s in order to link the Caribbean island with the continental territory of Colombia. The original name of the airport was Sesquicentenario Airport.[3]


The airport is the sixth busiest airport in Colombia in terms of passengers, with 2,431,766 in 2019. Most of these passengers come from the continental part of the country, due to poor international direct service to the island. Many international tourists have to fly to one of Colombia's or Panama's largest airports (Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Santa Marta, Cartagena, Barranquilla or Panama City) to be able to reach the islands, although Copa Airlines maintains flights to Panama City. Aircraft up to the size of the Airbus A340-200 can land at the airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at the airport:

Avianca Bogotá, Medellín–Córdova
Seasonal: Cali[4]
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
LATAM Colombia Bogotá, Cali, Cartagena, Medellín–Córdova
SATENA Providencia
Wingo Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena
Check in and ticketing hall at San Andres Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport (ADZ)
One of the boarding gate areas at ADZ San Andres airport

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On August 16, 2010, AIRES Flight 8250, crashed when on approach to Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport. Two of the 129 passengers and crew on board died.
  • On September 19, 2013, American Airlines flight 1204 from San Jose, Costa Rica, made an emergency landing at the San Andres Airport after reporting smoke in the cockpit. All 179 passengers were said to be safe and continued to Miami, their final destination, on a second plane. The aircraft involved in the incident was a Boeing 757.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oakley, T. (November 1993). "Instrument and Observing Methods – Report No. 56". World Meteorological Organization. p. 14. Archived from the original on 21 November 2021.
  2. ^ Airport information for ADZ at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ "Gustavo Rojas Pinilla". Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  4. ^ Avianca on Twitter Retrieved 5 May 2023. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Costa Rica to Miami flight lands on San Andres Island
  6. ^ Emergency landing in San Andrés Spanish

External links[edit]

Media related to Gustavo Rojas Pinilla Airport at Wikimedia Commons