Las Américas International Airport

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Las Américas International Airport
Summary
Airport typeCivil aviation
OwnerAeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI S.A.
ServesPunta Cauceda
LocationPunta Cauceda, Dominican Republic
Hub forSky High Aviation Services
Elevation AMSL59 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".

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.

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) (begins November 19, 2019), Valencia (VE) (begins November 19, 2019)
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa
Caicos Express Airways Providenciales
Condor Frankfurt, San Jose de Costa Rica2
Seasonal: Munich
Conviasa Caracas
Copa Airlines Panama City
Cubana de Aviación Santiago de Cuba
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK
Iberia Madrid
InterCaribbean Airways Havana,[4] Kingston, Providenciales, Tortola, Sint Maarten
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK, Newark,[5] Orlando, San Juan
LASER Airlines Caracas
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo[6]
Sky High Aviation Services Aguadilla, Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Barranquilla, Bonaire, Curaçao, Dominica, Kingston, Medellin, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts, San Juan,[7] Sint Maarten, Tortola
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Newark, Orlando[8]
Sunrise Airways Havana
TUI fly Belgium Brussels3
Turpial Airlines Valencia
United Airlines Newark
Venezolana Caracas, Barquisimeto
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.
  • ^2 Condor 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
ABX Air Miami
Amerijet Aruba, Barcelona (Venezuela), Caracas, Curaçao, Miami, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, San Juan, Santiago de los Caballeros, St. Maarten
Avianca Cargo Medellin
FedEx Seasonal: Aguadilla, Fort Lauderdale
LIAT Quikpak St. Maarten
Northern Air Cargo Miami
UPS Airlines Miami
Vensecar Internacional Aruba

Statistics[edit]

Top Routes from Las Américas
(2018)
[9]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 United States New York-JFK 952,038 Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
2 United States Miami 437,769 American Airlines
3 Panama Panama City 382,388 Copa Airlines
4 Spain Madrid 377,091 Air Europa, Iberia
5 United States Fort Lauderdale 261,433 JetBlue, Spirit Airlines
6 United States Newark 214,881 JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
7 Puerto Rico San Juan 208,253 JetBlue, Sky High
8 United States Atlanta 127,735 Delta Air Lines
9 Venezuela Caracas 124,851 Avior Airlines, Conviasa, LASER Airlines, Venezolana
10 United States Boston 119,391 JetBlue
11 United States Orlando 96,977 JetBlue, Spirit Airlines
12 Colombia Bogotá 94,410 Avianca, Wingo
13 Mexico Mexico City 67,816 AeroMéxico
14 France Paris (Charles de Gaulle, Orly) 39,687 Air Caraïbes, Air France
15 France Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) 29,792 Air Antilles, Air Caraïbes
16 Sint Maarten St. Maarten 27,247 InterCaribbean Airways, Sky High, Winair
17 Germany Frankfurt 23,540 Condor
18 Curaçao Curaçao 19,975 Sky High
19 Belgium Brussels 17,438 TUIfly Belgium
20 British Virgin Islands Tortola 16,398 InterCaribbean Airways, Sky High
21 United States Philadelphia 12,316 American Airlines
22 Turks and Caicos Islands Providenciales 12,295 Caicos Express Airways, InterCaribbean Airways
23 Costa Rica San José, CR 11,776 Condor
24 Venezuela Valencia, VE 11,011 Turpial Airlines
25 Aruba Aruba 10,948 Sky High

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BCRD - Estadísticas Económicas". www.bancentral.gov.do.
  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. ^ Liu, Jim. "interCaribbean adds new routes from July 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  5. ^ "JetBlue adds fourth Caribbean route from Newark Liberty". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Flight Search". pegasys.pegast.ru. 4 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Sky High inicia vuelos entre Quisqueya y Aguadilla". El Nuevo Dia. 8 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Going Global in Orlando! Spirit Airlines Announces Major International Expansion". Spirit Airlines. June 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  9. ^ [http://www.jac.gob.do/transparencia/index.php/estadisticas/category/521-4to-trimestre[dead link]
  10. ^ "HI-222 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 17 August 2010.

External links[edit]

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