Viru Viru International Airport

Coordinates: 17°38′41″S 63°08′07″W / 17.64472°S 63.13528°W / -17.64472; -63.13528
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Viru Viru International Airport
VVI 2011.jpg
Airport typePublic
LocationSanta Cruz de la Sierra
Hub for
Focus city forBoliviana de Aviación
Elevation AMSL1,225 ft / 373 m
Coordinates17°38′41″S 63°08′07″W / 17.64472°S 63.13528°W / -17.64472; -63.13528
VVI is located in Bolivia
Location of airport in Bolivia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 11,483 3,500 Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Source: SABSA,[1] Airport Statistics[2]

Viru Viru International Airport (IATA: VVI, ICAO: SLVR) in Santa Cruz de la Sierra is Bolivia's largest international airport. Viru Viru handles domestic, regional, and international flights from Bolivia, North America, South America and Europe and is the hub for Bolivia's biggest airline Boliviana de Aviación. The airport is able to handle large aircraft such as the Boeing 747-400, Airbus A340-600 and Boeing 777-300ER.


The airport was opened in 1983, to replace the obsolete El Trompillo Airport.[citation needed] Upon its inauguration, Viru Viru became a main gateway for international flights. Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano used Viru Viru as a hub before ceasing operations in 2008.[citation needed] On 1 March 1997, the government of Bolivia entered into a 25-year contract with Airport Group International to operate the three largest airports in Bolivia — El Alto International Airport in La Paz, Jorge Wilstermann International Airport in Cochabamba and Viru Viru International Airport.[citation needed] Servicios de Aeropuertos Bolivianos Sociedad Anonima (SABSA) was created to operate the concession. In 1999, Airport Group International was purchased by TBI plc. In 2004, Spain's Abertis/AENA purchased TBI. SABSA has been substituted in March of 2022 by the newly established government agency Navegación Aérea y Aeropuertos Bolivianos (NAABOL). This state-owned agency now manages the airports in Bolivia. [3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aerolíneas ArgentinasBuenos Aires–Aeroparque
Air Europa Madrid
Amaszonas Asunción, Cochabamba, Iquique, La Paz, Sucre
Avianca Bogotá
Boliviana de Aviación Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cochabamba, La Paz, Lima, Madrid, Miami, Oruro, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad[4]
Conviasa Caracas
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
EcoJet Cobija, Guayaramerín, Riberalta, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad
Gol Transportes Aéreos São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
Paranair Asunción


TAB - Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos Cochabamba, La Paz, Miami
AerCaribe Lima


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest international routes from VVI
Rank City Passengers Top carriers % Change
1 United States Miami, United States 386,496 American Airlines, Boliviana de Aviación Decrease 4%
2 Brazil São Paulo (Guarulhos), Brazil 372,773 Boliviana de Aviación, Gol Airlines Increase 10%
3 Argentina Buenos Aires (Ezeiza), Argentina 358,943 Aerolíneas Argentinas, Boliviana de Aviación Increase 43%
4 Spain Madrid, Spain 348,603 Air Europa, Boliviana de Aviación Increase 5%
5 Panama Panama City, Panama 278,277 Copa Airlines Increase 15%
6 Peru Lima, Peru 268,584 Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Perú Increase 26%
7 Chile Iquique, Chile 94,733 Amaszonas, LATAM Chile Decrease 7%
8 Paraguay Asunción, Paraguay 79,962 Amaszonas, LATAM Paraguay Decrease 13%


  1. ^ "Aeropuerto Intl. El Alto - Bienvenidos a la Paz". Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Gobierno anuncia que SABSA pasará a NAABOL y ofrece a trabajadores formar parte de la institución".
  4. ^ "Boliviana de Aviacion Resumes Santa Cruz – Trinidad Service From Nov 2022". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 26 October 2022.
  5. ^ "Tráfico de pasajeros – Origen/Destino Servicio Regular Internacional" (PDF). Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (Bolivia) (in Spanish). January 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.