La Chinita International Airport

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La Chinita International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional La Chinita
La Chinita International Airport.jpg
Airport typeMilitary/Public
LocationSan Francisco, Zulia
Hub forVenezolana
Focus city forConviasa
Elevation AMSL235 ft / 72 m
Coordinates10°33′30″N 71°43′40″W / 10.55833°N 71.72778°W / 10.55833; -71.72778
MAR is located in Venezuela
Location of the airport in Venezuela
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03L/21R 3,000 9,843 concrete
03R/21L 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Passenger movements2,848,677
Sources:,[1] WAD,[2] Google Maps[3]

La Chinita International Airport (IATA: MAR, ICAO: SVMC) is an airport serving Maracaibo, the capital of Zulia. It is located southwest of Maracaibo proper in the municipality of San Francisco. La Chinita is Venezuela's second most important airport in terms of passenger and aircraft movements, after Simón Bolívar International Airport near Caracas.


The airport opened on 16 November 1969, during the administration of President of Venezuela Rafael Caldera, to open a gateway to the western part of the country and to alleviate congestion from Simón Bolívar International Airport, which manages about half of the international flights in Venezuela. The earlier airport was Grano de Oro (1960 diagram)


Runway 03L/21R length does not include a 300 metres (980 ft) paved overrun on the north end. The Maracaibo VORTAC (Ident: MAR) is located 0.81 nautical miles (1.50 km) northeast of the threshold of Runway 21R.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aerolíneas Estelar Caracas
Avior Airlines Caracas
Conviasa Caracas, Porlamar, Puerto Ordaz
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
LASER Airlines Caracas
RUTACA Airlines Caracas, Punta Cana,[5] Santo Domingo–Las Américas[6]
Sky High Aviation Services Santo Domingo–Las Américas[7]
Turpial Airlines Valencia (VE)
Venezolana Caracas, Panama City–Tocumen


Transcarga Caracas

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Dirección de Operaciones
  2. ^ World Data Aero
  3. ^ Google Maps - La Chinita
  4. ^ MAR VOR
  5. ^ "Rutaca Airlines abrirá vuelo entre Maracaibo, Venezuela y Punta Cana". (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Rutaca Airlines inaugurates a new route between Maracaibo and Santo Domingo". Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Sky High Aviation inaugurated flights to Venezuela". Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.