Viru Viru International Airport

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Viru Viru International Airport
VVI 2011.jpg


VVI is located in Bolivia
Location of airport in Bolivia
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
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 11,483 3,500 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 1,716,358
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 Terminal
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque,[3] Buenos Aires-Ezeiza International
Aerolíneas Argentinas
operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas
Buenos Aires-Aeroparque International
Air Europa Madrid International
Amaszonas Cochabamba, Guayaramerín, La Paz, Oruro, Sucre, Riberalta, Tarija Domestic
Amaszonas Asunción, Iquique,[4] Montevideo International
American Airlines Miami International
Avianca Ecuador Lima, Quito[5] International
Boliviana de Aviación Cobija, Cochabamba, La Paz, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad Domestic
Boliviana de Aviación Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Madrid, Miami, Salta, São Paulo-Guarulhos International
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen International
EcoJet Cobija, Guayaramerín, Riberalta, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad[6] Domestic
Gol Airlines São Paulo-Guarulhos International
LATAM Chile Iquique, Santiago de Chile International
LATAM Paraguay Asunción International
LATAM Perú Lima International
Wamos Air Charter: Madrid International
TAM - Transporte Aéreo Militar Cobija, Cochabamba, La Paz, Puerto Suárez, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad Domestic


Airlines Destinations
American Airlines Miami
TAB - Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos Cochabamba, La Paz, Miami, Panama City–Tocumen

Incidents and accidents[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 Amazonia and was forced to land at Rio Branco International Airport. No one was hurt.[7]


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