Silvio Pettirossi International Airport

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Silvio Pettirossi International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Silvio Pettirossi
Aeropuerto Internacional Silvio Pettirossi International Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic/Military
LocationLuque, Paraguay
OpenedJune 11, 1938 (1938-06-11)
Hub for
Time zoneTime in Paraguay (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL89 m / 292 ft
Coordinates25°14′23″S 057°31′09″W / 25.23972°S 57.51917°W / -25.23972; -57.51917Coordinates: 25°14′23″S 057°31′09″W / 25.23972°S 57.51917°W / -25.23972; -57.51917
ASU is located in Paraguay
Location of airport in Paraguay
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,353 11,001 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Passengers311,813 Decrease 75%
Aircraft Operations35,405 Decrease 34%
Metric tonnes of cargo11,704 Decrease 9%
Statistics: DINAC[1]

Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (IATA: ASU, ICAO: SGAS) is the main national and international gateway of Paraguay, located at the municipality of Luque, and serving the capital city, Asunción. It is named after the Paraguayan aviator Silvio Pettirossi but between 1980 and 1989 it was known as President Stroessner International Airport, after the former head of state of Paraguay General Alfredo Stroessner.
In 2019, Pettirossi handled a record 1.24 million passengers, making it the busiest airport in the country. It is the main international hub for LATAM Paraguay and Paranair.

Some of its facilities are shared with the Ñu-Guazú Air Force Base of the Paraguayan Air Force.


The airport was dedicated on 11 June 1938.[2] The original passenger terminal, located near threshold 02, is now used by the Grupo Aerotáctico (GAT) of the Paraguayan Air Force whereas the present terminal was dedicated on 20 March 1980.[3]

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). The airport is being expanded to accommodate more gates.

Iberia provided direct flights to Asunción from Madrid from around 1968 until the mid-nineties.[4] Lufthansa flew once a week from Frankfurt to Asunción from 1971 to 1980, with DC-10 service starting in 1974.[5] For both airlines, the flights included multiple stops in destinations throughout South America.

On 17 December 2015, the first Air Europa flight arrived from Madrid, Spain and provided the first direct connection between Paraguay and Europe in 21 years.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Aeroparque[7]
Air Europa Madrid[8]
Amaszonas Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru[9]
Avianca Bogotá[10]
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen[11]
Eastern Airlines Miami[12]
Gol Transportes Aéreos São Paulo–Guarulhos (resumes 5 July 2021)[13]
LATAM Paraguay Santiago de Chile,[14] São Paulo–Guarulhos[14]
LATAM Peru Lima[9]
Paranair Buenos Aires–Aeroparque,[15] Buenos Aires–Ezeiza,[16] Ciudad del Este,[17] Montevideo[16]
Seasonal: Florianópolis,[18] Rio de Janeiro–Galeão[18]


Avianca Cargo Montevideo
LATAM Cargo Brasil Medellín-JMC


See source Wikidata query and sources.

These data show number of passengers movements into the airport, according to the Dirección Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil's Aviation Sector Summary Reports.

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Passengers 733,810 823,207 868,534 835,323 915,425 910,554 1,033,168 1,180,111 1,211,576 1,239,403 311,813
Growth (%) Increase 23.29% Increase 12.2% Increase 5.51% Decrease 3.82% Increase 9.59% Decrease 0.53% Increase 13.47% Increase 14.22% Increase 2.67% Increase 2.30% Decrease 74.84%
Source: Dirección Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil (DINAC). Aviation Sector Reports (2010-2020)[19]

Top routes in 2018[edit]

Busiest routes from Asunción[20]
Rank City Flights/week Carriers
1 Argentina Buenos Aires–Ezeiza 40 Aerolíneas Argentinas, LATAM Paraguay
2 Brazil São Paulo–Guarulhos 32 Gol, LATAM Paraguay
3 Uruguay Montevideo 19 Amaszonas Uruguay, Paranair
4 Panama Panama City 16 Copa Airlines
5 Bolivia Santa Cruz–Viru Viru 13 Amaszonas
6 Peru Lima 12 Avianca Peru, LATAM Paraguay
7 Paraguay Encarnación 10 Paranair, Sol del Paraguay
8 Paraguay Ciudad del Este 9 Paranair, Sol del Paraguay
9 Chile Santiago 8 LATAM Paraguay
10 Spain Madrid 7 AirEuropa


The airport, located within the municipality of Luque is located 10 km (6 mi) from downtown Asunción.
It may be reached via the Aviadores del Chaco Avenue, which runs adjacent to nearby Ñu Guasú Park. Local bus line 30-A links the Asunción downtown with the airport terminal.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 16 June 1955: a Panair do Brasil Lockheed L-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.[21][22]
  • 27 August 1959: an Aerolíneas Argentinas de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4 registration LV-AHP operating a flight from Buenos Aires to Asunción, while on approach to Asunción under bad weather made a forced landing close to the airport. A crew member and a passenger died.[23]
  • 29 August 1980: a Transporte Aéreo Militar – TAM Paraguayo Douglas C-47B registration FAP2016 crashed on approach to Asunción. 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.[24]
  • 4 February 1996: a cargo LAC Colombia Douglas DC-8-55F registration HK-3979X on an empty positioning flight around Asunción prior to a flight from Asunción to Campinas. 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.[25]


See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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  15. ^ "Paranair anuncia reinicio de vuelos a Aeroparque". Aeronauticapy (in Spanish). 24 March 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  16. ^ a b "Paranair oficializa malla de vuelos regulares para noviembre". Aeronauticapy (in Spanish). 31 October 2020. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
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  24. ^ "Accident description FAP2016". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2010.
  25. ^ "Accident description HK-3979X". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2011.

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