Las Américas International Airport

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Las Américas International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas
Las Américas Airport Terminals view. Copa, Air Pullmantur in Terminal A, and American in Terminal B
Airport type Public
Owner Government
Operator Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI S.A. (Aerodom), with their international airport operator, Vancouver Airport Services, Ltd. (YVRAS)
Serves Santo Domingo
Location Boca Chica in Greater Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Hub for PAWA Dominicana, Dominican Wings
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
MDSD is located in the Dominican Republic
Location of airport in Dominican Republic
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 11,002 3,355 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft Operations 129,073
Passengers 10,136,522
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 3.1 million passengers in 2012 through its air terminal.[1]


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.

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. The runway was also modified, making Las Américas the Caribbean and Latin America's biggest airport.[citation needed]


Las Américas' runway direction is 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.[3]


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 is the newest and most modern in the country. Terminal B now features a co-branded Copa Club operated jointly by United Airlines and Copa Airlines, along with the Admirals Club operated by the Oneworld alliance members.

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

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City (begins March 16, 2016)[4] A
Air Antilles Express Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre B
Air Caraïbes Fort-de-France, Paris-Orly, Pointe-à-Pitre A
Air Europa Madrid A
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle A
American Airlines Miami, Philadelphia B
Aruba Airlines Aruba, Curaçao A
Aserca Airlines Caracas A
Avianca Bogotá A
Condor Frankfurt, San José (CR), Panama City A
Copa Airlines Panama City B
Cubana Havana, Santiago De Cuba A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK A
Dominican Wings Charter: Port of Spain B
Iberia Madrid A
Insel Air Curaçao , St. Maarten A
Insel Air Aruba Aruba A
InterCaribbean Airways Providenciales B
Jetairfly Brussels B
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK, Orlando, San Juan A
LASER Airlines Caracas A
PAWA Dominicana Aruba, St. Maarten, Curacao, Antigua, Havana A
Seaborne Airlines San Juan A
Sky High Aviation Services Antigua, Tortola A
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale A
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal charter: Montreal-Trudeau A
United Airlines Newark B
Venezolana Caracas, Maracaibo A
Wamos Air Seasonal charter: Madrid A


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

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest International Routes from SDQ
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 New York City (JFK) 758,606 Delta, JetBlue
2 Miami (MIA) 447,159 American
3 Madrid (MAD) 333,398 Air Europa, Iberia, Wamos Air
4 Panama City (PTY) 323,699 Copa
5 San Juan (SJU) 230,563 JetBlue, Seaborne Airlines
6 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 148,100 JetBlue, Spirit
7 Newark (EWR) 129,034 United
8 Atlanta (ATL) 92,400 Delta
9 Boston (BOS) 70,388 JetBlue
10 Orlando (MCO) 52,082 JetBlue

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On February 7, 2008, American Eagle flight 5111 had to make an emergency landing in La Romana International Airport after departing from Las Américas International Airport to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport at 11:30 am. The captain said that he had some problems with the right engine, and as they were approaching the La Romana zone smoke began to spray into the cabin. The captain spoke to La Romana's control tower and obtained permission to make an emergency landing there. The aircraft was an ATR-72-500.
  • On April 20, 2008, Cubana de Aviación flight 201, bound for Havana, had to return to Las Américas, after reporting two of four engines were out of service and one was on fire. The IL-62 landed without secondary problems into runway 17. All 117 passengers were without any injuries. The plane was in the air next day and landed La Habana with no problems as CUB201D.

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External links[edit]

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