La Chinita International Airport

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La Chinita International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional La Chinita
Airport typePublic / Military
LocationSan Francisco, Zulia
Opened16 November 1969; 54 years ago (1969-11-16)
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 international 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.


This airport construction was accelerated due to the accident of Viasa Flight 742 on 16 March 1969, resulting in the death of 155 people and the closure of Grano de Oro Airport, where the airport is located too close to the city centre and surrounded neighbourhoods. (1960 diagram)

The airport opened on 16 November 1969, during the administration of President 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.


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]


Avior Airlines Caracas, Santa Barbara del Zulia
Conviasa Caracas, Maturín, Porlamar, Puerto Ordaz
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
LASER Airlines Caracas
RUTACA Airlines Caracas, Punta Cana,[5] Santo Domingo–Las Américas[6]
Sky High Santo Domingo–Las Américas (begins 7 June 2024)[7]
Turpial Airlines Valencia (VE)
Venezolana Caracas, Panama City–Tocumen, Puerto Ordaz


Aerosucre Bogotá[8]
Transcarga Caracas[citation needed]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Dirección de Operaciones
  2. ^ World Data Aero[usurped]
  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". 11 July 2022. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Skyhigh Dominicana Adds Maracaibo Service From June 2024". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 9 May 2024.
  8. ^ "Rutas". (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  9. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  10. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 YV-23C Valera". Retrieved 26 January 2023.