Viru Viru International Airport

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Viru Viru International Airport
VVI 2011.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Abertis
Location Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Elevation AMSL 1,225 ft / 373 m
Coordinates 17°38′41″S 63°08′07″W / 17.64472°S 63.13528°W / -17.64472; -63.13528Coordinates: 17°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)
Passengers 2,384,746
Source: SABSA,[1] Airport Statistics[2]

Viru Viru International Airport (IATA: VVIICAO: SLVR) in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia 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 aircraft up to the Boeing 747-400.


The airport was opened in 1983, to replace the obsolete El Trompillo Airport. 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. 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. 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
Air Europa Madrid
Amaszonas Asunción, Cochabamba, Iquique, Guayaramerín, La Paz, Montevideo1, Sucre, Riberalta, Tarija, Yacuiba
American Airlines Miami
Austral Líneas Aéreas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
Avianca Bogotá (resumes 31 October 2017)[3]
Avianca Ecuador Lima, Quitoc
Azul Brazilian Airlines Cuiabá (begins 10 December 2017)[4][5]
Boliviana de Aviación Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cobija, Cochabamba, La Paz, Madrid, Miami, Oruro, Salta, Oruro, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad, Yacuiba
Copa Airlines Panama City-Tocumen
EcoJet Cobija, Guayaramerín, Riberalta, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad
Gol Airlines São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Brasil São Paulo-Guarulhos (begins 2 April 2018)[6]
LATAM Chile Iquique, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
TAM - Transporte Aéreo Militar Cobija, Cochabamba, La Paz, Puerto Suárez, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad


  • ^1 : Amaszonas' flight to Montevideo makes a stop in Asunción.
  • ^2 : Avianca Ecuador's flight to Quito makes a stop in Lima.


Airlines Destinations
American Airlines Cargo Miami
TAB - Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos Cochabamba, La Paz, Miami


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, Austral Líneas Aéreas, 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%

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 8 March 2006, an Argentine air force Learjet 35 flying from El Alto International Airport in La Paz to Viru Viru crashed after take off, killing all six people on board.
  • 23 July 2010: an AeroSur Boeing 737 flying from Miami, Florida, USA, to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, with 122 passengers and 6 crew members on board, lost cabin pressurization at 08:00 UTC over the Brazilian Amazon basin and was forced to land at Rio Branco International Airport.[8]
  • 1 November 2014: A privately owned de Havilland DH-114 Heron four engined aircraft on a ferry flight from Miami, USA to Cochabamba-J Wilsterman Airport (CBB/SLCB), made an emergency landing at Santa Cruz-Viru Viru International Airport (VVI) in Bolivia following the in flight separation of the no. 3 prop. The prop struck engine no. 4, causing substantial damage to that engine.


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