Las Américas International Airport

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Las Américas International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas
MDSD-TerminalA&Bview.JPG
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
Elevation AMSL 58 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
Website lasamericasairport.com
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 3,686,988
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 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.[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.

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]

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 and The Bahamas.

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.[3][4]

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 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
Air Caraïbes Fort-de-France, Paris–Orly, Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle1
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau (begins December 23, 2017), Toronto–Pearson
American Airlines Miami
Seasonal: Philadelphia
Aserca Airlines Caracas
Avianca Bogotá
Caicos Express Airways Providenciales
Condor Frankfurt
Seasonal: Munich
Copa Airlines Panama City
Cubana Havana, 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
InterCaribbean Airways Providenciales, Tortola
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK, Orlando, San Juan
LASER Airlines Caracas
PAWA Dominicana Antigua2, Aruba, Curacao, Havana, Miami, San Juan, St. Maarten
Sky High Aviation Services Anguilla, Antigua, Bonaire, Tortola, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
TUI fly Belgium Brussels3
United Airlines Newark
Venezolana Caracas
Wamos Air Seasonal charter: Madrid
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 PAWA's flights to and from Antigua fly via St. Maarten.
  • ^3 TUI fly Belgium's flights to Brussels fly via Montego Bay, however the flight from Brussels to Santo Domingo is nonstop.

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 Antigua, Aruba, Curacao, Havana, Miami, Port-au-Prince, San Juan, St. Maarten

Statistics[edit]

Top Routes from Las Américas
(2016)
[5]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 United States New York City 930,666 Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
2 United States Miami 406,253 American Airlines, PAWA Dominicana
3 Panama Panama City 359,940 Copa Airlines
4 Spain Madrid 357,267 Air Europa, Iberia
5 Venezuela Caracas 246,599 Aserca Airlines, LASER Airlines
6 Puerto Rico San Juan 246,400 JetBlue, PAWA Dominicana
7 United States Fort Lauderdale 233, 168 JetBlue, Spirit Airlines
8 United States Newark 129,010 United Airlines
9 United States Atlanta 114,221 Delta Air Lines
10 United States Boston 97,009 JetBlue
11 Colombia Bogotá 86,279 Avianca
12 United States Orlando 64,995 JetBlue
13 Sint Maarten St. Maarten 64,794 PAWA Dominicana
14 France Paris 35,418 Air France
15 Curaçao Curaçao 34,306 PAWA Dominicana
16 Cuba Havana 33,983 Cubana, PAWA Dominicana
17 Guadeloupe Pointe-à-Pitre 33,343 Air Antilles Express, Air Caraïbes
18 Germany Frankfurt 30,861 Condor
19 Mexico Mexico City 28,631 AeroMéxico
20 Aruba Aruba 20,592 PAWA Dominicana
21 Cuba Santiago de Cuba 18,013 Cubana
22 United States Philadelphia 14,281 American Airlines
23 Belgium Brussels 13,621 TUIfly Belgium
24 Haiti Port-au-Prince 12,170 PAWA Dominicana
25 Turks and Caicos Islands Providenciales 5,959 InterCaribbean Airways

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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