Gregorio Luperón International Airport

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Gregorio Luperón
International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón
Puerto Plata Airport 1.JPG
Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI S.A. (Aerodom)
Location Sosua, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Elevation AMSL 16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 19°45′28″N 70°34′12″W / 19.75778°N 70.57000°W / 19.75778; -70.57000Coordinates: 19°45′28″N 70°34′12″W / 19.75778°N 70.57000°W / 19.75778; -70.57000
Website aerodom.com
Map
MDPP is located in the Dominican Republic
MDPP
MDPP
Location of airport in Dominican Republic
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,081 10,108 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 744,754
Aircraft Operations 4,811
Sources: Departamento Aeroportuario[1] WAD[2] GCM[3]

Gregorio Luperón International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón) (IATA: POP, ICAO: MDPP), also known as Puerto Plata Airport, is located in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. It is the Dominican Republic's fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic and aircraft movements, after Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros airports. The airport is named after General Gregorio Luperón, a Dominican military and state leader. Capable of handling planes of all sizes, Puerto Plata Airport has benefited from being in an area with many beaches, which are popular among charter airline passengers. The popularity of the city where it is located has also drawn a number of regularly scheduled passenger airlines over the years.

History[edit]

The facility opened in 1979 with the purpose of boosting tourism in the North region, it has a track 3,081 meters long x 46 meters wide, with the capacity to receive wide-body aircraft, including B-747 and A-340.

Facilities[edit]

The main terminal building has 10 gates: 5 with boarding bridges on the satellite concourse, and 2 boarding bridges and 3 without in the frontal concourse. The terminal was recently[when?] remodeled with new floors, escalators, immigration hall, departure hall and duty-free areas along with restaurants. The terminal can support 4 Boeing 747-400s simultaneously after renovations to the airport made in 2013/14.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Air Century Charter: Santiago de los Caballeros
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Ottawa, Québec City
American Airlines Miami
Seasonal: Charlotte
Apple Vacations Seasonal charter: Pittsburgh[5]
Condor Frankfurt
Seasonal: Munich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn (ends 27 October 2018)[6]
Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Munich
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki[7]
Flycana Charter: Port of Spain, Santo Domingo–Las Americas
InterCaribbean Airways Providenciales
JetBlue Airways New York–JFK
Seasonal: Boston
Nordwind Airlines Charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Sunwing Airlines Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson[8]
Seasonal: Charlottetown, Ottawa
TUI Airways Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Brussels (begins 26 October 2018)
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm–Arlanda[9]
United Airlines Newark
WestJet Toronto–Pearson
XL Airways France Seasonal charter: Paris–Charles de Gaulle

Statistics[edit]

Top Routes from Puerto Plata
(January-June 2018)
[10]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Canada Toronto 115,708 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, Westjet
2 Canada Montréal 74,523 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines
3 United States Miami 51,124 American Airlines
4 United States New York City 48,425 JetBlue Airways
5 United States Newark 40,572 United Airlines
6 Germany Cologne 27,544 Eurowings
7 United States Charlotte 19,327 American Airlines
8 Germany Frankfurt 14,517 Condor Flugdienst
9 United Kingdom Manchester 14,096 TUI Airways
10 Canada Ottawa 12,681 Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines
11 Canada Halifax 12,260 Air Transat
12 Canada Québec City 11,456 Air Transat
13 Russia Moscow 9,472 Nordwind Airlines
14 United Kingdom London 9,301 TUI Airways
15 Sweden Stockhom 8,742 TUIfly Nordic
16 Canada Winnipeg 8,245 Air Transat
17 Germany Dusseldorf 7,544 Eurowings
18 United States Boston 4,619 JetBlue Airways
19 Canada Charlottetown 4,533 Sunwing Airlines
20 Finland Helsinki 8,742 Finnair

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Amerijet Miami, Santiago de los Caballeros
DHL Aviation Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas
IBC Airways Miami

Incidents[edit]

  • On February 6, 1996, Birgenair Flight 301 was bound for Frankfurt, Germany, but crashed shortly after take-off from Puerto Plata Airport into the Atlantic Ocean 26 kilometres off-shore. All 176 passengers and 13 crew members, among them 164 Germans, were killed. It was discovered later that one of the air speed indicators of the Boeing 757-200 was not working properly, confusing the pilots about whether the aircraft's speed was too fast or too slow.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Departamento Aeroportuario - 2008 passenger statistics[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Airport information for Gregorio Luperón International Airport at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  3. ^ Airport information for Gregorio Luperón International Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ "Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperon Airport". www.puerto-plata-airport.com. Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  5. ^ "Allegiant Air adds Dominican Republic flights". Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  6. ^ 2018. "Eurowings verlegt Langstrecke von Köln nach Düsseldorf". rp-online.de. Retrieved 1 February 2018. 
  7. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Finnair W16 Leisure service additions". Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  8. ^ "Press releases-Sunwing". www.sunwing.ca. Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  9. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "TUINordic Adds Puerto Plata in W16 Network". Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  10. ^ [1]

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