Las Américas International Airport

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 International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas
Airport typeCivil aviation
OwnerAeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI S.A.
ServesSanto Domingo
LocationPunta Caucedo, Dominican Republic
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL58 ft / 18 m
Coordinates18°25′46″N 069°40′08″W / 18.42944°N 69.66889°W / 18.42944; -69.66889Coordinates: 18°25′46″N 069°40′08″W / 18.42944°N 69.66889°W / 18.42944; -69.66889
MDSD is located in the Dominican Republic
Location of airport in Dominican Republic
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 3,353 11,001 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Total Passengers4,150,400
Aircraft Operations38,976

The airport is the second-busiest in the country, after Punta Cana International Airport, and one of the largest in the Caribbean, handling 3.5 million passengers in 2015 through its air terminal.[1] And is also the busiest cargo hub in the Caribbean and Central America with 355,000,000 lbs of cargo transported in 2019


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 known as "Las Américas International Airport", or locally, "Las Américas Airport" or "El Aeropuerto".

Las Américas was the hub for Dominicana de Aviación, APA Dominicana International, PAWA Dominicana, and a number of other, smaller airlines. Currently SAP Air is based there.

Las Américas also has served as a hub for airlines such as Aeromar Líneas Aéreas Dominicanas, Aero Continente Dominicana and Queen Air.

Las Américas International Airport terminal exterior

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.

Addition of northern terminalEdit

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.[citation needed]


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.[2][3]


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.

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Countries served from SDQ 2020
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Air Antilles Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Caraïbes Paris–Orly, Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Santo Domingo Anguilla, Tortola
American Airlines Miami, Philadelphia
Avianca Bogotá
Avior Airlines Caracas
Condor Frankfurt, San José de Costa Rica (both suspended)
Conviasa Caracas
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK
Eastern Airlines Boston,[4] Miami,[4] New York-JFK (begins February 15, 2021), Philadelphia
Frontier Airlines Miami, Orlando (begins February 11, 2021),[5] San Juan
Iberia Madrid
InterCaribbean Airways Havana, Kingston, Providenciales, Santiago de Cuba, Sint Maarten, Tortola
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, New York–JFK, Orlando, San Juan
LASER Airlines Caracas
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Sky High Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Kingston, Medellin–JMC, St. Kitts, St. Maarten
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Sunrise Airways Port-au-Prince
United Airlines Newark, Washington–Dulles[6]
Venezolana Caracas
Wingo Bogotá


Amerijet International San Juan, Miami, Port-au-Prince
Avianca Cargo Bogota, Medellin
UPS Airlines Miami, Louisville
FedEx Miami, Memphis


Top Routes from Las Américas
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1   New York-JFK 959,951 Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
2   Miami 441,987 American Airlines
3   Newark 429,160 United Airlines, Spirit Airlines
4   Madrid 387,576 Air Europa, Iberia
5   Panama City 320,322 Copa Airlines
6   Fort Lauderdale 240,830 JetBlue, Spirit Airlines
7   San Juan 224,242 JetBlue
8   Orlando 200,725 JetBlue
9   Boston 162,231 JetBlue
10   Atlanta 129,653 Delta Airlines
11   Caracas 118,324 Avior Airlines, Conviasa, LASER Airlines, Venezolana
12   Bogotá 113,215 Avianca, Wingo
13   Mexico City 60,014 AeroMéxico
14   Paris (Charles de Gaulle, Orly) 40,988 Air Caraïbes, Air France
15   Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) 29,975 Air Antilles, Air Caraïbes
16   Frankfurt 23,357 Condor
17   St. Maarten 20,123 InterCaribbean Airways, Sky High, Winair
18   Tortola 20,118 Air Santo Domingo, InterCaribbean Airways, Sky High
19   Valencia 19,872 Avior Airlines, Turpial Airlines
20   Santiago de Cuba 16,946 InterCaribbean Airways
21   Havana 16,773 InterCaribbean Airways, Sunrise Airways
22   Brussels 13,933 TUI fly Belgium
23   Moscow–Sheremetyevo 13,815 Nordwind Airlines
24   Providenciales 13,097 Caicos Express Airways, InterCaribbean Airways
25   San José-Juan Santamaría 12,609 Condor
26   Antigua 10,825 Sky High
27   Curaçao 10,263 Sky High
28   Philadelphia 8,877 American Airlines
29   Charlotte 6,695 American Airlines
30   Montréal–Trudeau 6,215 Air Transat
31   Milan–Malpensa 6,130 Blue Panorama Airlines
32   Toronto–Pearson 6,031 Air Transat
33   Aruba 5,176 Sky High
34   Dominica 4,924 Sky High
35   Anguilla 4,376 Air Santo Domingo, Sky High
36   Kingston 3,338 InterCaribbean Airways, Sky High
37   Dallas/Fort Worth 3,179 American Airlines
38   St. Kitts 2,231 Sky High
39   Bonaire 2,109 Sky High
40   Barquisimeto 1,792 Venezolana

Accidents and incidentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "BCRD - Estadísticas Económicas". Archived from the original on 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  2. ^ "Antonov-225 Delivered Humanitarian Aids to Japan". 2011-03-25. Archived from the original on 2018-04-01. Retrieved 2016-12-08.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "AN-225 Mriya / Super Heavy Transport". Archived from the original on 2018-01-22. Retrieved 2016-12-08.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
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  5. ^ "NewRoutes". Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
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  7. ^ [ Archived 2019-04-01 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "HI-222 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 17 August 2010.

External linksEdit

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