Silvio Pettirossi International Airport

Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (IATA: ASU, ICAO: SGAS) is an international airport in Luque, Paraguay, which serves Paraguay's capital city, Asunción, and indirectly serves the nearby city of Clorinda, Formosa in Argentina. The airport is named after Paraguayan aviator Silvio Pettirossi. Between 1980 and 1989, it was known as President Stroessner International Airport, after the former head of state, Alfredo Stroessner. Pettirossi handled 1.24 million passengers in 2019, making it the busiest airport in the country. It is the main international hub for LATAM Paraguay and Paranair.

Silvio Pettirossi International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Silvio Pettirossi
Aeropuerto Internacional Silvio Pettirossi International Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic/military
ServesAsunción
LocationLuque, Paraguay
OpenedJune 11, 1938 (1938-06-11)
Hub for
Time zoneTime in Paraguay (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL89 m / 292 ft
Coordinates25°14′23″S 057°31′09″W / 25.23972°S 57.51917°W / -25.23972; -57.51917Coordinates: 25°14′23″S 057°31′09″W / 25.23972°S 57.51917°W / -25.23972; -57.51917
Map
ASU is located in Paraguay
ASU
ASU
Location of airport in Paraguay
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,353 11,001 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Passengers311,813 Decrease 75%
Aircraft operations35,405 Decrease 34%
Metric tonnes of cargo11,704 Decrease 9%
Statistics: DINAC[1]

Some of its facilities are shared with the Ñu-Guazú Air Force Base of the Paraguayan Air Force.

HistoryEdit

The airport was inaugurated on 11 June 1938.[2] The airport's runway was constructed in the 1960s, and was resurfaced in 1985.[3]

Spanish airline Iberia provided direct flights to Asunción from Madrid from around 1968 until the mid-1990s.[4] Lufthansa flew once a week from Frankfurt to Asunción from 1971 to 1980, with DC-10 service starting in 1974.[5] For both airlines, the flights included multiple stops in destinations throughout South America. Also, between early 90s and 1996, Lineas Aereas Paraguayas flew nonstop to Frankfurt with its DC-10.

2000sEdit

 
The check-in at the airport in 2008

In November 2004, the director of Direccion Nacional de Aeronautica Civil (DINAC), Eustaquio Ocáriz, told ABC Color that the airport's runway, which had repair work started in 2001, but halted due to lack of funds, would be completed by the early months of 2005.[3]

On 31 July 2007, at 05:10am, a group of five men stole US$1,000,000 from a money exchange on the bottom floor of the airport.[6][7][8] One of the robbers, Juan Pablo Ortigoza, was detained, along with others.[9] Another robber was captured in Encarnación.[10] It was later discovered that the robbery was planned in Asunción's Tacumbú prison.[11] One of the arrested stated they received US$60,000 for the robbery.[12] The money was going to be sent on a flight to Uruguay.[13][14]

In May 2008, a report concluded that Paraguay's aeronautic systems were in a critical state and needed to be replaced.[15] In November 2009, new instrument landing systems began operating.[16] The equipment was acquired at a cost of 967,400.[16] The previous system that was replaced was installed in 1980.[16] The implementation of the system made Paraguay up to date with the requirements of international security as a member of the OACI.[16]

2010sEdit

In January 2013, various improvements were made to the terminal.[17] By 2015, some airlines ceased operations at the airport, including American Airlines.[18] On 17 December 2015, Air Europa began service between Pettirossi and Madrid, Spain, creating the first direct connection between Paraguay and Europe in 21 years.[19]

In 2017, airport infrastructure specialist Carlos Achucarro estimated that the airport would require expansion before 2024.[18] In January 2018, DINAC reported that the airport has seen a 15 percent raise in travellers from 2013 to 2017.[20] The airport also saw an increase in flights, from 20 daily flights to about 60 flights by 2018.[20]

2020sEdit

Pettirossi Airport ceased operating commercial flights for 7 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In October 2020, DINAC announced a ceremony for the resumption of flights.[21][22]

In November 2020, drugs were found by agents of the National Secretary of Antidrugs. They were disguised as parcels and were to be sent to various countries.[23] In February 2021, plans for a second terminal were unveiled, to be started in 2022.[24] In October 2021, a new route, operated by Paranair, was announced between Pettirossi and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.[25]

TerminalsEdit

 
The interior of the airport in 2009

The original passenger terminal, located near threshold 02, is now instead used by Grupo Aerotáctico (GAT) of the Paraguayan Air Force. The current terminal began service on 20 March 1980.[26]

The terminal building is split into two international concourses: the south concourse having gates 1 to 4, and the north concourse having gates 5 and 6. The airport is being expanded to accommodate more gates.[as of?][citation needed]

AccessEdit

The airport, located within the municipality of Luque, is located 10 km (6 mi) from downtown Asunción. It may be reached via the Aviadores del Chaco Avenue, which runs adjacent to nearby Ñu Guasú Park. Bus line 30-A links Asunción's downtown with the airport terminal.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

PassengerEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Aeroparque
Air Europa Córdoba (AR), Madrid
Amaszonas Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru
Avianca Bogotá
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Gol Transportes Aéreos São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Peru Lima
Paranair Buenos Aires–Aeroparque, Montevideo, Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru
Seasonal: Florianópolis, Punta del Este, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão

CargoEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Avianca Cargo Montevideo
LATAM Cargo Brasil Medellín-JMC

StatisticsEdit

Annual passenger traffic at ASU airport. See source Wikidata query.

The following is the number of passengers movements into the airport, according to the Dirección Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil's Aviation Sector Summary Reports.

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Passengers 733,810 823,207 868,534 835,323 915,425 910,554 1,033,168 1,180,111 1,211,576 1,239,403 311,813
Growth (%)   23.29%   12.2%   5.51%   3.82%   9.59%   0.53%   13.47%   14.22%   2.67%   2.30%   74.84%
Source: Dirección Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil (DINAC). Aviation Sector Reports (2010-2020)[27]

Top routes in 2018Edit

Busiest routes from Asunción[28]
Rank City Flights/week Carriers
1   Buenos Aires–Ezeiza 40 Aerolíneas Argentinas, LATAM Paraguay
2   São Paulo–Guarulhos 32 Gol, LATAM Paraguay
3   Montevideo 19 Amaszonas Uruguay, Paranair
4   Panama City 16 Copa Airlines
5   Santa Cruz–Viru Viru 13 Amaszonas
6   Lima 12 Avianca Peru, LATAM Paraguay
7   Encarnación 10 Paranair, Sol del Paraguay
8   Ciudad del Este 9 Paranair, Sol del Paraguay
9   Santiago 8 LATAM Paraguay
10   Madrid 7 AirEuropa

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • 16 June 1955: a Panair do Brasil–owned Lockheed L-149 Constellation, with registration PP-PDJ, was operating flight 263 from São Paulo-Congonhas to Asunción. It hit a 12m tree while on its final approach to land at Asunción. Part of the wing broke off, the aircraft crashed and caught fire. Of the 24 passengers and crew aboard, 16 died.[29][30]
  • 27 August 1959: an Aerolíneas Argentinas–owned de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4, with registration LV-AHP, was operating a flight from Buenos Aires to Asunción. While on approach to Asunción, bad weather caused a forced landing close to the airport. A crew member and a passenger died.[31]
  • 29 August 1980: a Transporte Aéreo Militar–owned Douglas C-47B, with registration FAP2016, crashed on approach to Asunción. The aircraft was on a flight to Ayolas when an engine failed shortly after take-off and the decision was made to land back at Asunción. One person died.[32]
  • 4 February 1996: a cargo LAC Colombia–owned Douglas DC-8-55F, with registration HK-3979X, was on an empty positioning flight around Asunción prior to a flight from Asunción to Campinas. At VR power was reduced on no. 1 engine and, after rotation, also on the no. 2 engine. With the gear still down and flaps at 15° the aircraft lost control and crashed on a playing field 2 km past the runway. The crew possibly used the positioning flight as an opportunity for crew training. All four occupants of the aircraft and 20 persons on the ground died.[33]

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website https://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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