Las Américas International Airport

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Las Américas International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas
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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
Websitehttps://www.aeropuertolasamericas.com/?q=en
Map
MDSD is located in the Dominican Republic
MDSD
MDSD
Location of airport in Dominican Republic
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 3,353 11,001 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Total Passengers4,150,400
Aircraft Operations38,976

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] And is also the busiest cargo hub in the Caribbean and Central America with 355,000,000 lbs of cargo transported in 2019

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 operated on private land which wasn't paid to the original owners; the current administration was plagued 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]

Countries served from SDQ 2020
AirlinesDestinations
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City
Air Antilles Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Caraïbes Paris–Orly1 Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle2
Air Santo Domingo Anguilla, Tortola
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
American Airlines Charlotte, Miami, Philadelphia
Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth
Avianca Bogotá
Avior Airlines Caracas, Barcelona (VE), Valencia (VE)
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan–Malpensa3
Caicos Express Airways Providenciales
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt, San Jose de Costa Rica4
Conviasa Caracas
Copa Airlines Panama City (resumes September 4, 2020)[4]
Copa Airlines Colombia Panama City
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK
Frontier Airlines Miami, Newark, San Juan
Iberia Madrid
InterCaribbean Airways Havana, Kingston, Providenciales, Santiago de Cuba, Sint Maarten, Tortola
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, New York–JFK, Orlando, San Juan
LASER Airlines Caracas
Nordwind Airlines Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Sky High Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Kingston, Medellin, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Tortola
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Newark
Sunrise Airways Havana, Port-au-Prince
TUI fly Belgium Brussels5
Turpial Airlines Valencia (VE)
United Airlines Newark
Venezolana Barquisimeto, Caracas
Winair Sint Maarten
Wingo Bogotá
Notes
  • ^1 Air Caraïbes's flights incoming from Paris-Orly fly via Port-au-Prince, however the return flight from Santo Domingo to Paris-Orly is nonstop.
  • ^2 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.
  • ^3 Blue Panorama's flights from Milan-Malpensa to Santo Domingo are nonstop, however, the flights from Santo Domingo to Milan-Malpensa fly via Antigua.
  • ^4 Condor flies to San José via Santo Domingo and has Fifth Freedom Rights to sell tickets between Santo Domingo and San José.
  • ^5 TUI fly Belgium's flights to Brussels fly via Puerto Plata and Punta Cana, however, the flights from Brussels to Santo Domingo are nonstop.

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Amerijet International San Juan, Miami, Port-Au-Prince
Avianca Cargo Bogota, Medellin
UPS Airlines Miami, Louisville
FedEx Miami, Memphis

Statistics[edit]

Top Routes from Las Américas
(2019)
[5]
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 Copa 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, Winair
18 British Virgin Islands Tortola 20,118 Air Santo Domingo, InterCaribbean Airways, Sky High
19 Venezuela Valencia 19,872 Avior Airlines, 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 de Costa Rica 12,609 Condor
26 Antigua and Barbuda Antigua 10,825 Sky High
27 Curaçao Curaçao 10,263 Sky High
28 United States Philadelphia 8,877 American Airlines
29 United States Charlotte 6,695 American Airlines
30 Canada Montréal-Trudeau 6,215 Air Transat
31 Italy Milan-Malpensa 6,130 Blue Panorama Airlines
32 Canada Toronto-Pearson 6,031 Air Transat
33 Aruba Aruba 5,176 Sky High
34 Dominica Dominica 4,924 Sky High
35 Anguilla Anguilla 4,376 Air Santo Domingo, Sky High
36 Jamaica Kingston 3,338 InterCaribbean Airways, Sky High
37 United States Dallas-Fort Worth 3,179 American Airlines
38 Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Kitts 2,231 Sky High
39 Bonaire Bonaire 2,109 Sky High
40 Venezuela Barquisimeto 1,792 Venezolana

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. ^ "Copa Airlines would restart its flights to these international destinations". Nicolás Larenas (in Spanish). July 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  5. ^ [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
  6. ^ "HI-222 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 17 August 2010.

External links[edit]

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