Las Américas International Airport

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Las Américas International Airport
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Summary
Airport typeCivil aviation
OwnerAeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI S.A.
ServesGreater Santo Domingo
LocationPunta Caucedo, Dominican Republic
Hub forSky High Aviation Services
Elevation AMSL58 ft / 18 m
Coordinates18°25′46″N 069°40′08″W / 18.42944°N 69.66889°W / 18.42944; -69.66889Coordinates: 18°25′46″N 069°40′08″W / 18.42944°N 69.66889°W / 18.42944; -69.66889
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 3,353 11,001 Asphalt

Las Américas International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas, or AILA) (IATA: SDQ, ICAO: MDSD) is an international airport located in Punta Caucedo, near Santo Domingo and Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic. The airport is run by Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (AERODOM), a private corporation based in the Dominican Republic under a 25-year concession to build, operate, and transfer (BOT) six of the country's airports. Las Américas usually receives a wide variety of long-, mid- and short-haul aircraft.

The airport is the second-busiest in the country, after Punta Cana International Airport, and one of the largest in the Caribbean, handling 3.5 million passengers in 2015 through its air terminal.[1]

History[edit]

Las Américas Airport opened in 1959 as the official airport of Santo Domingo. The official name of the airport was changed in 2002 to "Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas- José Francisco Peña Gómez (AIJFPG)" but is most commonly referred to as "Las Américas International Airport", or locally, "Las Américas Airport" or "El Aeropuerto".

Up until January 2020, the airport operates on private land which hasn't been paid to the original owners, the current administration has been plague with multiple lawsuits, with the lower courts siding with the land owners, the case is currently in the Supreme Court

On February 15, 1970, a Dominicana de Aviación DC-9 that was flying to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, crashed, killing all 102 persons on board (see: Dominicana DC-9 air disaster).

Las Américas was the hub for Dominicana de Aviación, APA Dominicana International, Air Santo Domingo, PAWA Dominicana, and a number of other, smaller airlines. Currently SAP Air is based there.

Las Américas also has served as a hub for airlines such as Aeromar Líneas Aéreas Dominicanas, Air Santo Domingo, Aero Continente Dominicana and Queen Air.

Las Américas International Airport terminal exterior

Recently, the expressway leading from Santo Domingo to the airport (roughly 20 km east of the city center) was expanded and modernised. The airport was also modernised, and two more terminals were added, including 20 more gates. The new expressway crosses a new suspension bridge which spans the Ozama River, connecting traffic into the city's Elevated Freeway and Tunnel system onto the city's main street, Av. 27 de Febrero. A more scenic route following the coastal shore provides beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea and of the city. This secondary road crosses the Ozama River by means of a floating bridge, connecting traffic onto the Av. George Washington (el Malecón) which leads into the heart of the colonial city.

Addition of northern terminal[edit]

On 18 April 2007, a new terminal was completed and opened for operations. It can accommodate four Boeing 747s simultaneously. This new terminal has four gates with boarding bridges, an air-conditioning system, and maintenance facilities for aircraft.[citation needed]

Runway[edit]

Las Américas Airport's runway direction is north–south (designated 17–35). This runway is the largest in the country, and one of the largest in the Caribbean. With a length of 3,355 m, it is able to support a Boeing 747. The runway of SDQ was last renovated in June 2008. The old taxi-way was also renovated and converted into a full runway while the old runway was being renovated, then it was converted back into a taxiway after the normal runway was finished. The runway accommodated the Antonov An-225 to supply goods after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[2][3]

Concourses[edit]

Las Américas has five gates on the main satellite concourse (A), A2 through A6. Other gate facilities are for the flights departing from a parking in the taxiway. back in the 1960s and 70s the airport used to be much smaller, The original building was half the size of today's newest structure but with a still modern look.

Concourse B has four gates (B1 through B4) and remote stand (P8). Terminal B now features a co-branded Copa Club operated jointly by United Airlines and Copa Airlines, and a Private Lounge exclusive to members and business people.

The average number of daily flights in and out of Las Américas ranges between 68 and 84 flights. JetBlue is the largest airline operating at Las Américas.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
AeroMéxico Mexico City
Air Antilles Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Caraïbes Paris–Orly, Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle1
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
American Airlines Charlotte, Miami, Philadelphia
Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth
Avianca Bogotá
Avior Airlines Caracas, Barcelona (VE), Valencia (VE)
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan–Malpensa
Caicos Express Airways Providenciales
Condor Frankfurt, San Jose de Costa Rica2
Conviasa Caracas
Copa Airlines Panama City
Copa Airlines Colombia Panama City
Cubana de Aviación Santiago de Cuba (suspended)[4]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK
Frontier Airlines Miami (begins April 23, 2020),[5] Newark (begins March 10, 2020),[6] San Juan (begins April 23, 2020)[7]
Iberia Madrid
InterCaribbean Airways Havana,[8] Kingston, Providenciales, Santiago de Cuba,[9] Sint Maarten, Tortola
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Newark,[10] New York–JFK, Orlando, San Juan
LASER Airlines Caracas
Nordwind Airlines Moscow-Sheremetyevo[11]
Sky High Aguadilla, Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Barranquilla, Bonaire, Curaçao, Dominica–Douglas-Charles, Kingston, Medellin, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia–Charles,[12] Sint Maarten, Tortola
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Newark
Sunrise Airways Havana
TUI fly Belgium Brussels3
Turpial Airlines Valencia (VE)
United Airlines Newark
Venezolana Barquisimeto, Caracas
Winair Sint Maarten
Wingo Bogotá
Notes
  • ^1 Air France's flights incoming from Paris–CDG fly via Punta Cana to Santo Domingo, however the return flight from Santo Domingo to Paris–CDG is nonstop, during the Winter Season, both legs are nonstop.
  • ^2 Condor flies to San José via Santo Domingo and has Fifth Freedom Rights to sell tickets between Santo Domingo and San José.
  • ^3 TUI fly Belgium's flights to Brussels fly via Puerto Plata and Punta Cana, however, the flight from Brussels to Santo Domingo is nonstop.

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Cargo Carriers San Juan
Amerijet International San Juan, Miami, Port-Au-Prince
Avianca Cargo Bogota, Medellin
IFL Group San Juan, Aguadilla
UPS Airlines Miami, Louisville
CargoLux Aguadilla, Luxembourg
Cathay Pacific Cargo Anchorage
Atlas Air Miami, New York, Los Angeles
Volga-Dnepr Columbus
Fedex Miami, Memphis
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt
Ethiopian Cargo Liege
Cargolux Italia Milan
Kalitta Air Miami
LATAM Cargo Lima, Sao Paulo, Bogota
National Airlines Miami
Korean Air Cargo Anchorage
Aerologic Frankfurt, New York
AirBridgeCargo Moscow
KLM Cargo Amsterdam
AeroUnion Mexico City
Martinair Amsterdam
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul
Northern Air Cargo Miami, San Juan
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha
Emirates Sky Cargo Liege, Bogota
Western Global Airlines Miami
Polar Air Cargo Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago

Statistics[edit]

Top Routes from Las Américas
(2019)
[13]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 United States New York-JFK 959,951 Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
2 United States Miami 441,987 American Airlines
3 United States Newark 429,160 United Airlines, Spirit Airlines
4 Spain Madrid 387,576 Air Europa, Iberia
5 Panama Panama City 320,322 JetBlue, Spirit Airlines
6 United States Fort Lauderdale 240,830 JetBlue, Spirit Airlines
7 Puerto Rico San Juan 224,242 JetBlue
8 United States Orlando 200,725 JetBlue
9 United States Boston 162,231 JetBlue
10 United States Atlanta 129,653 Delta Airlines
11 Venezuela Caracas 118,324 Avior Airlines, Conviasa, LASER Airlines, Venezolana
12 Colombia Bogotá 113,215 Avianca, Wingo
13 Mexico Mexico City 60,014 AeroMéxico
14 France Paris (Charles de Gaulle, Orly) 40,988 Air Caraïbes, Air France
15 France Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe 29,975 Air Antilles, Air Caraïbes
16 Germany Frankfurt 23,357 Condor
17 Sint Maarten St. Maarten 20,123 InterCaribbean Airways, Sky High
18 British Virgin Islands Tortola 20,118 InterCaribbean Airways, Sky High
19 Venezuela Valencia, Venezuela 19,872 Turpial Airlines
20 Cuba Santiago de Cuba 16,946 InterCaribbean Airways
21 Cuba Havana 16,773 InterCaribbean Airways, Sunrise Airways
22 Belgium Brussels 13,933 TUI fly Belgium
23 Russia Moscow-Sheremetyevo 13,815 Nordwind Airlines
24 Turks and Caicos Islands Providenciales 13,097 Caicos Express Airways, InterCaribbean Airways
25 Costa Rica San José, CR 12,609 Condor

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BCRD - Estadísticas Económicas". www.bancentral.gov.do. Archived from the original on 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  2. ^ "Antonov-225 Delivered Humanitarian Aids to Japan". 2011-03-25. Archived from the original on 2018-04-01. Retrieved 2016-12-08.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "AN-225 Mriya / Super Heavy Transport". Archived from the original on 2018-01-22. Retrieved 2016-12-08.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Cubana cancela vuelos al Caribe por restricciones de EEUU a terceros, Aero Latin News, 24 October, 2019, retrieved 2019-10-24
  5. ^ "Frontier adding 18 nonstop routes, including new flights to Caribbean, El Salvador and Guatemala". USA Today. Archived from the original on December 18, 2019. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  6. ^ https://news.flyfrontier.com/frontier-airlines-announces-25-new-routes-including-service-to-central-america/
  7. ^ "Frontier adding 18 nonstop routes, including new flights to Caribbean, El Salvador and Guatemala". USA Today. Archived from the original on December 18, 2019. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  8. ^ Liu, Jim. "interCaribbean adds new routes from July 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  9. ^ Liu, Jim. "interCaribbean adds Santiago de Cuba – Santo Domingo service from Nov 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  10. ^ "JetBlue adds fourth Caribbean route from Newark Liberty". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Flight Search". pegasys.pegast.ru. 4 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Sky High inicia vuelos entre Quisqueya y Aguadilla". El Nuevo Dia. 8 February 2019.
  13. ^ [https://web.archive.org/web/20190401200126/http://www.jac.gob.do/transparencia/index.php/estadisticas/category/521-4to-trimestre Archived 2019-04-01 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "HI-222 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 17 August 2010.

External links[edit]

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