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Las Américas International Airport

"SDQ" redirects here. SDQ is also the former callsign of a TV station in Warwick, Queensland, Australia.

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.

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]

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HistoryEdit

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).

Las Américas was the hub for Dominicana de Aviación, APA Dominicana International, Air Santo Domingo, 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, Air Santo Domingo, Aero Continente Dominicana and Queen Air.

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]

RunwayEdit

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]

ConcoursesEdit

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

PassengerEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Air Antilles Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Caraïbes Fort-de-France, Paris–Orly, Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle1
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
American Airlines Charlotte (begins June 8, 2019),[4] Miami
Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth (begins June 8, 2019),[4] Philadelphia
Avianca Bogotá
Caicos Express Airways Providenciales
Condor Frankfurt[5]
Seasonal: Munich
Copa Airlines Panama City
Cubana de Aviación Havana, Santiago de Cuba
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK
Fly All Ways Curaçao, Paramaribo
Iberia Madrid
InterCaribbean Airways Providenciales, Tortola, Sint Maarten, Kingston
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK, Newark,[6] Orlando, San Juan
LASER Airlines Caracas
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo[7]
Sky High Aviation Services Aguadilla, Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Tortola, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts, San Juan,[8] Sint Maarten, Kingston, Medellin, Barranquilla
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Newark, Orlando[9]
Sunrise Airways Curaçao, Havana
TUI fly Belgium Brussels3
Turpial Airlines Valencia
United Airlines Newark
Venezolana Caracas
Winair Curaçao, Sint Maarten
Wingo Bogota
Notes
  • ^1 Air France's flights incoming from Paris–CDG fly via Punta Cana to Santo Domingo, however the return flight from Santo Domingo to Paris–CDG is nonstop.
  • ^2 PAWA's flights to and from Antigua fly via St. Maarten.
  • ^3 TUI fly Belgium's flights to Brussels fly via Montego Bay, however the flight from Brussels to Santo Domingo is nonstop.

CargoEdit

AirlinesDestinations
ABX Air Miami
Amerijet Aruba, Barcelona (Venezuela), Caracas, Curaçao, Miami, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, San Juan, Santiago de los Caballeros, St. Maarten
Avianca Cargo Medellin
FedEx Seasonal: Aguadilla, Fort Lauderdale
LIAT Quikpak St. Maarten
Northern Air Cargo Miami
UPS Airlines Miami
Vensecar Internacional Aruba

StatisticsEdit

Accidents and incidentsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BCRD - Estadísticas Económicas". www.bancentral.gov.do.
  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)
  4. ^ a b
    http://news.aa.com/news/news-details/2018/American-Airlines-Enhances-2019-Schedule/default.aspx
  5. ^ "Tropical beauty with Condor flights to Costa Rica". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  6. ^ "JetBlue adds fourth Caribbean route from Newark Liberty". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Flight Search". pegasys.pegast.ru. 4 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Sky High inicia vuelos entre Quisqueya y Aguadilla". El Nuevo Dia. 8 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Going Global in Orlando! Spirit Airlines Announces Major International Expansion". Spirit Airlines. June 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "HI-222 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 17 August 2010.

External linksEdit

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