La Chinita International Airport

La Chinita International Airport (IATA: MAR, ICAO: SVMC) is an airport serving Maracaibo, the capital of Zulia. It is located southwest of Maracaibo proper in the municipality of San Francisco. La Chinita is Venezuela's second most important airport in terms of passenger and aircraft movements, after Simón Bolívar International Airport near Caracas.

La Chinita International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional La Chinita
La Chinita International Airport.jpg
Airport typeMilitary/Public
LocationSan Francisco, Zulia
Elevation AMSL235 ft / 72 m
Coordinates10°33′30″N 71°43′40″W / 10.55833°N 71.72778°W / 10.55833; -71.72778
MAR is located in Venezuela
Location of the airport in Venezuela
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03L/21R 3,000 9,843 concrete
03R/21L 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Passenger movements2,848,677
Sources:,[1] WAD,[2] Google Maps[3]


The airport opened on 16 November 1969, during the administration of President of Venezuela Rafael Caldera, to open a gateway to the western part of the country and to alleviate congestion from Simón Bolívar International Airport, which manages about half of the international flights in Venezuela. The earlier airport was Grano de Oro (1960 diagram)


Runway 03L/21R length does not include a 300 metres (980 ft) paved overrun on the north end. The Maracaibo VORTAC (Ident: MAR) is located 0.81 nautical miles (1.50 km) northeast of the threshold of Runway 21R.[4]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Aerolineas Estelar Caracas
Avior Airlines Caracas
Conviasa Caracas, Porlamar
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
LASER Airlines Caracas
Turpial Airlines Valencia (VE)
Venezolana Caracas, Panama City–Tocumen

Accidents and incidentsEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Dirección de Operaciones
  2. ^ World Data Aero
  3. ^ Google Maps - La Chinita
  4. ^ MAR VOR
  5. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.