Las Américas International Airport

Coordinates: 18°25′46″N 069°40′08″W / 18.42944°N 69.66889°W / 18.42944; -69.66889
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Las Américas International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas
Airport typePublic
OwnerAeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI S.A.
ServesSanto Domingo
LocationPunta Caucedo, Dominican Republic
Hub for
Elevation AMSL58 ft / 18 m
Coordinates18°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
m ft
17/35 3,353 11,001 Asphalt
Statistics (2022)
Total passengers4,675,375
Aircraft operations49,567

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. Santo Domingo's other airport, La Isabela, is much smaller and used by smaller aircraft only.

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


Las Américas Airport opened in 1959 as the official airport of Ciudad Trujillo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, with the city subsequently changing its name to Santo Domingo. The official name of the airport was changed in 2002 to "Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas- José Francisco Peña Gómez (AIJFPG)" but is known as "Las Américas International Airport", or locally, "Las Américas Airport, AILA or "El Aeropuerto".

In 1954, U.S. based Delta Air Lines (which was known as "Delta C&S" at the time following its acquisition and merger with Chicago and Southern Air Lines) was serving the Dominican Republic on a daily basis via the then-named General Andrews Airport in Ciudad Trujillo with nonstop flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Port au Prince, Haiti operated with Convair 340 twin prop aircraft.[2] The eastbound Delta flights operated a daily routing of Houston - New Orleans - Havana, Cuba - Port au Prince - Ciudad Trujillo - San Juan and the westbound Delta flights operated a daily routing of San Juan - Ciudad Trujillo - Port au Prince - Havana - New Orleans.[3] Also during the mid-1950s, U.S. based Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) was serving Ciudad Trujillo with nonstop flights to New York City, Miami and Port au Prince operated with Douglas DC-6 four engine propliners (which the airline called the "Super-6 Clipper").[4] In 1960, locally-based Dominicana de Aviacion, the former flag carrier of the Dominican Republic, was operating scheduled international passenger service nonstop between the airport and Miami with Douglas DC-4 four engine propliners and also nonstop between the airport and San Juan, Puerto Rico with Douglas DC-3 and Curtiss C-46 twin prop aircraft.[5]

By the early and mid-1960s, several airlines were operating international jet service from the airport including Pan Am with Boeing 707 service nonstop to New York City, Miami, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Kingston, Jamaica and Curacao as well as direct, no change of plane 707 service to Montego Bay, Caracas, Port of Spain, Georgetown, Guyana and Paramaribo while Brazil-based VARIG was operating Sud Aviation Caravelle and Convair 990 jetliner flights nonstop to New York City and Miami as well as direct, no change of plane jet service to Port of Spain, Belem, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre.[6][7][8]

By 1976, the airport was being served by American Airlines with nonstop Boeing 707 and Boeing 747 flights from New York City, Dominicana de Aviacion with nonstop Boeing 727-100, Boeing 727-200, Boeing 707-399C, Boeing 747 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (leased aircraft) service from New York City, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Eastern Airlines with nonstop Boeing 727-100 service from San Juan, Puerto Rico as well as direct, no change of plane 727 flights from Cleveland and Miami, Pan Am with nonstop Boeing 707 service from Port au Prince as well as direct, one stop 707 service from Miami, ALM Antillean Airlines with nonstop and direct one stop McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 service from Curacao, Viasa with nonstop Douglas DC-8 service from Curacao and direct one stop DC-8 flights from Caracas, and locally-based Aerovias Quisqueyana with nonstop Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 service from Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.[9] Also in 1976, Aerovias Quisqueyana was operating nonstop Boeing 707 transatlantic service from the airport to Madrid with this flight also providing direct one stop service to Rome.[10]

According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), in 1996 a number of European based airlines were operating transatlantic flights from the airport including Air France with nonstop Boeing 747 service to Paris, Alitalia with nonstop Boeing 767-300 service to Rome, Condor Airlines with nonstop Boeing 767-300 service to both Cologne/Bonn and Frankfurt, Iberia Airlines with nonstop McDonnell Douglas DC-10 service to Madrid, LTU International Airways with nonstop McDonnell Douglas MD-11 service to Dusseldorf, Martinair with nonstop Boeing 767-300 service to Amsterdam, and TAP Air Portugal with direct one stop Airbus A310 service to Lisbon.[11] Airline service from the airport to South America in 1996 included nonstop Boeing 727-200 flights to Bogota operated by ACES Colombia as well as nonstop McDonnell Douglas DC-10 flights to Lima operated by Iberia Airlines in addition to direct, no change of plane Boeing 737-200 flights also to Lima operated by Copa Airlines via a stop at this air carrier's hub in Panama City, Panama.[12] Also according to the OAG, other airlines operating flights into the airport in 1996 included American Airlines with nonstop Airbus A300-600R, McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and McDonnell Douglas MD-11 service from New York City as well as nonstop Airbus A300-600R and Boeing 727-200 service from Miami in addition to direct one stop Airbus A300-600R service from both Boston and Orlando, Continental Airlines with nonstop Boeing 727-200 service from Newark, Trans World Airlines (TWA) with nonstop Boeing 767-200 and Lockheed L-1011 service from New York City, and locally-based APA International Air with nonstop Airbus A300 service from both New York City and Miami.[13][14]

Las Américas was the hub for Dominicana de Aviación, APA International Air, 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, 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]


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.[15][16]


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. JetBlue is the largest airline operating at Las Américas.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aeroméxico Mexico City
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City
Air Antilles Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Caraïbes Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Europa Madrid
American Airlines Miami
Arajet[17] Aruba, Bogotá, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cancún, Cartagena, Curaçao, Guatemala City, Guayaquil, Kingston–Norman Manley, Lima, Medellín–JMC, Mexico City–AIFA, Montréal–Trudeau, Quito, San José (CR), San Salvador, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo–Guarulhos, St. Maarten, Toronto–Pearson
Avianca Bogotá
Avior Airlines Caracas
Condor Frankfurt
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK
Eastern Airlines Miami
Frontier Airlines Orlando, San Juan, Tampa
Seasonal: Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia (begins 17 December 2023)[18]
Iberia Madrid
InterCaribbean Airways Anguilla, Dominica–Douglas-Charles, Providenciales, Tortola
Jetair CaribbeanCuraçao
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, New York–JFK, Orlando, San Juan
LASER Airlines Caracas
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
RUTACA Airlines Barquisimeto, Maturín, Maracaibo
Sky High Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bonaire, Caracas, Cayenne, Curaçao, Fort-de-France, Kingston–Norman Manley, Miami, Pointe-à-Pitre, St. Croix (begins 13 December 2023),[19] St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Tortola, Valencia (VE)
Seasonal: Providence
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Orlando
Sunrise Airways Port-au-Prince
Turpial Airlines Valencia (VE)
United Airlines Newark
Venezolana Barquisimeto, Caracas
Wingo Bogotá, Medellin–JMC, Panama City–Balboa
World2Fly Madrid


Amerijet International[20] Barbados, Miami, Punta Cana
Aloha Air Cargo Miami
UPS Airlines[21] Miami, Louisville
XCargo Miami


Annual passenger traffic at SDQ airport. See Wikidata query.
Top routes from Las Américas
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 United States New York-Kennedy 842,272 Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
2 United States Miami 535,633 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, RED Air, Sky High Aviation Services, Spirit Airlines
3 United States Newark 469,710 JetBlue, United Airlines
4 Spain Madrid-Barajas 416,168 Air Europa, Iberia, Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas, World2Fly
5 United States Fort Lauderdale 281,696 JetBlue, Spirit Airlines
6 Puerto Rico San Juan 179,437 JetBlue
7 Panama Panama City-Tocumen 179,104 Copa Airlines
8 United States Boston 176,055 JetBlue
9 United States Orlando 153,896 Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines
10 United States Atlanta 101,608 Delta Air Lines
11 Venezuela Caracas 90,057 Avior Airlines, Conviasa, LASER Airlines, Venezolana
12 Colombia Bogotá 83,347 Avianca, Wingo
13 Mexico Mexico City 48,399 AeroMéxico
14 United States Washington-Dulles 36,252 United Airlines
15 France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 33,547 Air France
16 United States Charlotte 30,000 American Airlines
17 Venezuela Valencia (VE) 23,514 Sky High Aviation Services, Turpial Airlines
18 Turks and Caicos Islands Providenciales 15,651 InterCaribbean Airways
19 France Pointe-à-Pitre 11,757 Air Antilles, Air Caraïbes
20 Sint Maarten St. Maarten 8,746 Sky High Aviation Services

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


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  9. ^ Feb. 1, 1976 Official Airline Guide, North American edition, Santo Domingo flight schedules
  10. ^ "Aerovias Quisqueyana".
  11. ^ Oct. 27, 1996 OAG Pocket Flight Guide, Europe edition, Santo Domingo flight schedules
  12. ^ Oct. 1, 1996 Official Airline Guide, Worldwide edition, Santo Domingo to Bogota and Lima flight schedules
  13. ^ April 7, 1996 OAG Pocket Flight Guide, North American edition, Santo Domingo flight schedules
  14. ^ Oct. 1, 1996 OAG Pocket Flight Guide, North American edition, Santo Domingo flight schedules
  15. ^ "Antonov-225 Delivered Humanitarian Aids to Japan". 2011-03-25. Archived from the original on 2018-04-01. Retrieved 2016-12-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  16. ^ "AN-225 Mriya / Super Heavy Transport". Archived from the original on 2018-01-22. Retrieved 2016-12-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  17. ^ "Dominican Airline Arajet Starts Selling Tickets for $55". 8 August 2022.
  18. ^ "Frontier Airlines Announces Major Domestic and International Expansion of Service". Retrieved 23 August 2023.
  19. ^ "Sky High Dominicana Launches 50-Minute Flights to St. Croix Starting December 13". Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  20. ^ - Flight schedule retrieved 5 December 2021
  21. ^ - Destinations retrieved 8 December 2021
  23. ^ "HI-222 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 17 August 2010.

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