Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
|Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Asunción Silvio Pettirossi
Front view of ASU Terminal
|IATA: ASU – ICAO: SGAS|
|Hub for||LATAM Paraguay|
|Elevation AMSL||89 m / 291 ft|
Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (IATA: ASU, ICAO: SGAS) is Paraguay's main national and international gateway, located at Luque, a city of the Central Department. It is named after the Paraguayan aviator Silvio Pettirossi and was formerly known as President Stroessner International Airport, after Paraguay's former head of state General Alfredo Stroessner.
The airport serves as hub for LATAM Paraguay, formerly known as TAM Paraguay, TAM Mercosur and LAP (Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas).
The terminal building splits into two international concourses, the north concourse with 2 gates (5 and 6) and the south concourse with 4 gates (1 to 4).
On 17 December 2015, the first Air Europa flight arrived from Madrid, Spain to the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Luque and provided the first direct connection between Paraguay and Europe in 21 years. The airplane arrived with the presence of the Minister of Tourism, Marcela Bacigalupo and more than 200 invited guests. The flight had 98% of its seats occupied and before the airplane departed Madrid, there was an inauguration ceremony of the new route which was attended by the president of the airline, Juan José Hidalgo, the ambassador of Paraguay in Spain, Antonio Rivas, and the vice-minister of Paraguayan Industry, Oscar Stark. Mr. Hidalgo highlighted "the high seat occupancy of the inaugural flight," which, in his opinion, shows "success" is expected for this route.
Accessibility and location
The airport, located within Luque, may be reached from the city of Asuncion via the Airport Main Road (Avenida Aviadores del Chaco), which runs adjacent to nearby Ñu Guasú Park. Asuncion's local bus line 30-A links the city center with the airport's terminal. The airport is also near the headquarters of CONMEBOL, the continental governing body of association football in South America.
Visas on arrival
- Australia – US$135
- Canada – US$150
- United States of America – US$160
- New Zealand – US$140
- Taiwan – US$100
- Russia – US$160
Airlines and destinations
|Aerolíneas Argentinas||Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza|
operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas
|Seasonal: Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza|
|Air Europa||Madrid, Córdoba (begins 18 December 2016)|
Seasonal: Punta del Este
|Amaszonas||Montevideo, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru|
|Amaszonas Paraguay||Ciudad del Este, Iquique, Montevideo
|Copa Airlines||Panama City|
|Gol Airlines||São Paulo-Guarulhos|
|LATAM Paraguay||Ciudad del Este (ends 1 October 2016), Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, São Paulo-Guarulhos , Rio de Janeiro–Galeão (via Buenos Aires-Ezeiza) , Santiago de Chile, Lima|
Accidents and incidents
- 16 June 1955: a Panair do Brasil Lockheed L-049/149 Constellation registration PP-PDJ operating flight 263 from São Paulo-Congonhas to Asunción hit a 12m tree while on final approach to land at Asunción. Part of the wing broke off, the aircraft crashed and caught fire. Of the 24 passengers and crew aboard, 16 died.
- 27 August 1980: Transporte Aéreo Militar – TAM Paraguayo, a Douglas C-47B registration FAP2016 crashed on approach to Silvio Pettirossi International Airport. The aircraft was on a flight to Ayolas when an engine failed shortly after take-off and the decision was made to land back at Asunción. One person was killed
- 4 February 1996: a LAC Colombia cargo Douglas DC-8-55F registration HK-3979X flying from Asunción to Campinas for an empty positioning flight from Asunción. At VR power was reduced on no. 1 engine and, after rotation, also on the no. 2 engine. With the gear still down and flaps at 15° the aircraft lost control and crashed on a playing field 2 km past the runway. The crew possibly used the positioning flight as an opportunity for crew training. All four occupants of the aircraft and 20 persons on the ground died.
- "Aeropuerto Internacional "Silvio Pettirossi"" (PDF) (in Spanish). Departamento de Estadística de la Aviación Civil. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Accident description PP-PDJ". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Noite do Paraguai". O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX através dos seus acidentes 1928–1996 (in Portuguese) (2 ed.). Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. pp. 145–149. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.
- "FAP2016 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2010.
- "Accident description HK-3979X". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Silvio Pettirossi International Airport.|
- Airport information for SGAS at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for SGAS at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
- Current weather for SGAS at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for ASU at Aviation Safety Network
- Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
- A–Z World Airports Online – Asuncion – Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (ASU/SGAS)
- Ground Handling & FBO On Asuncion (ASU/SGAS)
- Google Map of ASU
- Flickr group for photos of ASU