Las Américas International Airport
|Airport type||Civil aviation|
|Owner||Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI S.A.|
|Location||Punta Cauceda, Dominican Republic|
|Elevation AMSL||59 ft / 18 m|
Las Américas International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas, or AILA) (IATA: SDQ, ICAO: MDSD) is an international airport located in Punta Caucedo, near Santo Domingo and Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic. The airport is run by Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (AERODOM), a private corporation based in the Dominican Republic under a 25-year concession to build, operate, and transfer (BOT) six of the country's airports. Las Américas usually receives a wide variety of long-, mid- and short-haul aircraft.
Las Américas Airport opened in 1959 as the official airport of Santo Domingo. The official name of the airport was changed in 2002 to "Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas- José Francisco Peña Gómez (AIJFPG)" but is most commonly referred to as "Las Américas International Airport", or locally, "Las Américas Airport" or "El Aeropuerto".
On February 15, 1970, a Dominicana de Aviación DC-9 that was flying to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, crashed, killing all 102 persons on board (see: Dominicana DC-9 air disaster).
Recently, the expressway leading from Santo Domingo to the airport (roughly 20 km east of the city center) was expanded and modernised. The airport was also modernised, and two more terminals were added, including 20 more gates. The new expressway crosses a new suspension bridge which spans the Ozama River, connecting traffic into the city's Elevated Freeway and Tunnel system onto the city's main street, Av. 27 de Febrero. A more scenic route following the coastal shore provides beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea and of the city. This secondary road crosses the Ozama River by means of a floating bridge, connecting traffic onto the Av. George Washington (el Malecón) which leads into the heart of the colonial city.
On 18 April 2007, a new terminal was completed and opened for operations. It can accommodate four Boeing 747s simultaneously. This new terminal has four gates with boarding bridges, an air-conditioning system, and maintenance facilities for aircraft.
Las Américas Airport's runway direction is north-south (designated 17-35). This runway is the largest in the country, and one of the largest in the Caribbean. With a length of 3,355 m, it is able to support a Boeing 747. The runway of SDQ was last renovated in June 2008. The old taxi-way was also renovated and converted into a full runway while the old runway was being renovated, then it was converted back into a taxiway after the normal runway was finished. The runway accommodated the Antonov An-225 to supply goods after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Las Américas has five gates on the main satellite concourse (A), A2 through A6. Other gate facilities are for the flights departing from a parking in the taxiway. back in the 1960s and 70s the airport used to be much smaller, The original building was half the size of today's newest structure but with a still modern look.
Concourse B has four gates (B1 through B4) and remote stand (P8). Terminal B now features a co-branded Copa Club operated jointly by United Airlines and Copa Airlines, and a Private Lounge exclusive to members and business people.
The average number of daily flights in and out of Las Américas ranges between 68 and 84 flights. JetBlue is the largest airline operating at Las Américas.
|Air Caraïbes||Paris-Orly, Pointe-à-Pitre|
|Air France||Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Punta Cana1|
|Air Transat||Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson|
|American Airlines|| Charlotte, Miami, Philadelphia |
Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth
|Caicos Express Airways||Providenciales|
|Condor|| Frankfurt, San Jose de Costa Rica2|
|Copa Airlines||Panama City|
|Cubana de Aviación||Santiago de Cuba|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta, New York-JFK|
|InterCaribbean Airways||Havana,Kingston, Providenciales, Tortola, Sint Maarten|
|JetBlue||Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York-JFK, Newark,Orlando, San Juan|
|Nordwind Airlines||Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo|
|Sky High Aviation Services||Aguadilla, Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Barranquilla, Bonaire, Curaçao, Dominica, Kingston, Medellin, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts, San Juan,Sint Maarten, Tortola|
|Spirit Airlines||Fort Lauderdale, Newark, Orlando|
|TUI fly Belgium||Brussels, Puerto Plata3, Punta Cana3|
|Amerijet||Aruba, Barcelona (Venezuela), Caracas, Curaçao, Miami, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, San Juan, Santiago de los Caballeros, St. Maarten|
|FedEx||Seasonal: Aguadilla, Fort Lauderdale|
|LIAT Quikpak||St. Maarten|
|Northern Air Cargo||Miami|
|1||New York-JFK||952,038||Delta Air Lines, JetBlue|
|3||Panama City||382,388||Copa Airlines|
|4||Madrid||377,091||Air Europa, Iberia|
|5||Fort Lauderdale||261,433||JetBlue, Spirit Airlines|
|6||Newark||214,881||JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines|
|7||San Juan||208,253||JetBlue, Sky High|
|8||Atlanta||127,735||Delta Air Lines|
|9||Caracas||124,851||Avior Airlines, Conviasa, LASER Airlines, Venezolana|
|11||Orlando||96,977||JetBlue, Spirit Airlines|
|14||Paris (Charles de Gaulle, Orly)||39,687||Air Caraïbes, Air France|
|15||Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe)||29,792||Air Antilles, Air Caraïbes|
|16||St. Maarten||27,247||InterCaribbean Airways, Sky High, Winair|
|20||Tortola||16,398||InterCaribbean Airways, Sky High|
|22||Providenciales||12,295||Caicos Express Airways, InterCaribbean Airways|
|23||San José, CR||11,776||Condor|
|24||Valencia, VE||11,011||Turpial Airlines|
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