Las Américas International Airport

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Las Américas International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas
MDSD-TerminalA&Bview.JPG
Las Américas Airport Terminals view. Copa, Air Pullmantur in Terminal A, and American in Terminal B
IATA: SDQICAO: MDSD
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government
Operator Vinci Airports
Serves Santo Domingo
Location La Caleta, Boca Chica in Greater Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Hub for PAWA Dominicana Dominican Wings
Focus city for Aserca Airlines
Elevation AMSL 59 ft / 18 m
Coordinates 18°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
Map
MDSD is located in the Dominican Republic
MDSD
MDSD
Location of airport in Dominican Republic
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 11,002 3,355 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft Operations (2012) 29,073
Passengers 3,537,306
Based Aircraft 19 approx.
"SDQ" redirects here. SDQ is also the former callsign of a TV station in Warwick, Queensland, Australia.

Las Américas International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas, or AILA) (IATA: SDQICAO: 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 airports of the country's airports. Las Américas usually receives a wide variety of many 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.[2] 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".

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 and a number of other, smaller airlines. Currently, PAWA Dominicana and SAP Air are 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.

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.

New airport hotel[edit]

A new hotel is planned to open near Las Americas Airport in 2017 as Hampton by Hilton Las Americas. Construction of a new aircraft apron is also underway near the flight school, with its own taxiway leading to Runway 17/35.[3]

The new northern terminal[edit]

On 18 April 2007, a new terminal was completed and opened for operations. It can accommodate four Airbus A380s simultaneously. This new terminal has four gates with boarding bridges, an air-conditioning system, and maintenance facilities for aircraft.[citation needed]

Hub of the Caribbean[edit]

PAWA Dominicana has set its hub in the airport and is planned to grow by 2017, reaching more than 15 destinations. The airline is to add more destinations each year such as Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, United States, The Bahamas and Haiti.

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 an Airbus A380. 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.[4][5]

Concourses[edit]

Northeastern airborne view of SDQ and its runway
American Eagle ATR at the airport

Las Américas has seven gates on the main satellite concourse (A), A1 through A6, which have a shared use and in the same concourse there is an American Eagle gate, A7. 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 five gates, B1 through B5. 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 Airways is the largest airline operating at Las Américas.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AeroMéxico
operated by AeroMéxico Connect
Mexico City
Air Antilles Express Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port-au-Prince
Air Caraïbes Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Caraïbes
operated by French Blue
Paris–Orly
Air Europa Madrid, New York–JFK (begins 20 December 2016; ends 7 January 2017)[6]
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Transat Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson (begins 18 December 2016)[7]
American Airlines Miami
Seasonal: Philadelphia
Aruba Airlines Aruba, Curaçao
Aserca Airlines
operated by SBA Airlines
Caracas
Avianca Bogotá
Condor Frankfurt, San José de Costa Rica
Seasonal: Munich
Copa Airlines Panama City
Cubana Havana, Holguín, Santiago De Cuba
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK
Dominican Wings Charter: Miami, Port of Spain, Puerto Plata
Eurowings
operated by SunExpress Deutschland
Seasonal charter: Cologne/Bonn
Iberia Madrid
Insel Air Curaçao, St. Maarten
Insel Air Aruba Aruba, St. Maarten
InterCaribbean Airways Antigua, Providenciales, Port-au-Prince
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK, Orlando, San Juan
LASER Airlines Caracas
PAWA Dominicana Antigua, Aruba, Curacao, Havana, Port-au-Prince, San Juan, Miami, St. Maarten
Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas Madrid
Seaborne Airlines San Juan
Sky High Aviation Services Anguilla, Antigua, Bonaire, Tortola
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal charter: Montreal–Trudeau
TUIfly Belgium Brussels
United Airlines Newark
Venezolana Caracas, Maracaibo
Wamos Air Seasonal charter: Madrid

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
ABX Air Miami
Amerijet Aruba, Barcelona (Venezuela), Caracas, Curaçao, Miami, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, San Juan, Santiago de los Caballeros, St. Maarten
FedEx Seasonal: Aguadilla, Fort Lauderdale
LIAT Quikpak St. Maarten
Tampa Cargo Medellin
UPS Airlines Miami
Vensecar Internacional Aruba
PAWA Dominicana Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, Havana,

Statistics[edit]

Busiest International Routes from SDQ
(2012)
[8]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 United States New York City, United States 777,165 Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
2 United States Miami, United States 447,159 American Airlines, PAWA Dominicana
3 Spain Madrid, Spain 333,398 Air Europa, Iberia, Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas
4 Panama Panama City, Panama 328,191 Copa Airlines
5 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico 238,931 JetBlue, Seaborne Airlines, PAWA Dominicana
6 United States Fort Lauderdale, United States 195,547 JetBlue, Spirit Airlines
7 United States Newark, United States 129,034 United Airlines
8 Colombia Bogota, Colombia 94,865 Avianca
9 United States Atlanta, United States 92,400 Delta Air Lines
10 United States Boston, United States 70,388 JetBlue

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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