La Chinita International Airport

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La Chinita International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional La Chinita
La Chinita International Airport.jpg
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Government
Location Maracaibo
Elevation AMSL 235 ft / 72 m
Coordinates 10°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)
Passengers movement 2,848,677
Sources: Fuentes[1] WAD[2] Google Maps[3]

La Chinita International Airport (IATA: MARICAO: SVMC) is an airport serving Maracaibo, in the Zulia state of Venezuela. 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]


Airlines Destinations
AeroCaribe Airlines Riohacha
American Airlines Miami
Aruba Airlines Oranjestad
Aserca Airlines Caracas
Avior Airlines Valencia (VE)
Conviasa Caracas, Porlamar
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Estelar Latinoamerica Caracas, Panama City–Tocumen
Estelar Latinoamerica
operated by Swift Air
Laser Airlines Caracas, Oranjestad, Panama City–Tocumen
Turpial Airlines Valencia (VE)
Venezolana Caracas, Panama City–Tocumen


Airlines Destinations
Amerijet International Miami

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