Viru Viru International Airport

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Viru Viru International Airport
VVI 2011.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorAbertis
LocationSanta Cruz de la Sierra
Elevation AMSL1,225 ft / 373 m
Coordinates17°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
Map
VVI is located in Bolivia
VVI
VVI
Location of airport in Bolivia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 11,483 3,500 Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers2,384,746
Source: SABSA,[1] Airport Statistics[2]

Viru Viru International Airport (IATA: VVI, ICAO: 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.

History[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Ezeiza
Air Europa Madrid
Amaszonas Asunción, Cochabamba, Córdoba, Guayaramerín, Iquique, La Paz, Montevideo1, Riberalta, Sucre, Tarija, Yacuiba
American Airlines Miami
Avianca Bogotá[3]
Avianca Perú Lima
Boliviana de Aviación Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cobija, Cochabamba, La Paz, Madrid, Miami, Oruro, Salta, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad, Yacuiba
Conviasa Caracas[4]
Copa Airlines Panama City-Tocumen
EcoJet Cobija, Guayaramerín, Riberalta, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad
Gol Airlines São Paulo–Guarulhos
Seasonal: Rio de Janeiro–Galeão
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
TAM - Transporte Aéreo Militar Cobija, Cochabamba, La Paz, Puerto Suárez, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad

Notes:

  • ^1 : Amaszonas' flight to Montevideo makes a stop in Asunción.

Cargo[edit]

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

Statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest international routes from VVI
(2015–2016)
[5]
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%

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sabsa.aero/aeropuerto-el-alto
  2. ^ http://www.sabsa.aero/Documentos/informacion/Estadistico_pax_atz.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.financecolombia.com/avianca-to-launch-daily-direct-flight-from-bogota-to-santa-cruz-in-november/
  4. ^ "Aerolínea venezolana Conviasa estrenó ruta Caracas- Santa Cruz". El Deber (in Spanish). 11 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Tráfico de pasajeros – Origen/Destino Servicio Regular Internacional" (PDF). Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (Bolivia) (in Spanish). January 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.

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