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Viru Viru International Airport

Viru Viru International Airport (IATA: VVI, ICAO: SLVR) in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia is Bolivia's largest international airport. Viru Viru handles domestic, regional, and international flights from Bolivia, North America, South America and Europe and is the hub for Bolivia's biggest airline Boliviana de Aviación. The airport is able to handle aircraft up to the Boeing 747-400.

Viru Viru International Airport
VVI 2011.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorAbertis
LocationSanta Cruz de la Sierra
Elevation AMSL1,225 ft / 373 m
Coordinates17°38′41″S 63°08′07″W / 17.64472°S 63.13528°W / -17.64472; -63.13528Coordinates: 17°38′41″S 63°08′07″W / 17.64472°S 63.13528°W / -17.64472; -63.13528
Map
VVI is located in Bolivia
VVI
VVI
Location of airport in Bolivia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 11,483 3,500 Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers2,384,746
Source: SABSA,[1] Airport Statistics[2]

HistoryEdit

The airport was opened in 1983, to replace the obsolete El Trompillo Airport.[citation needed] Upon its inauguration, Viru Viru became a main gateway for international flights. Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano used Viru Viru as a hub before ceasing operations in 2008.[citation needed] On 1 March 1997 the government of Bolivia entered into a 25-year contract with Airport Group International to operate the three largest airports in Bolivia — El Alto International Airport in La Paz, Jorge Wilstermann International Airport in Cochabamba and Viru Viru International Airport.[citation needed] Servicios de Aeropuertos Bolivianos Sociedad Anonima (SABSA) was created to operate the concession. In 1999 Airport Group International was purchased by TBI plc. In 2004, Spain's Abertis/AENA purchased TBI.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Top destinationsEdit

Busiest international routes from VVI
(2015–2016)
[7]
Rank City Passengers Top carriers % Change
1   Miami, United States 386,496 American Airlines, Boliviana de Aviación   4%
2   São Paulo (Guarulhos), Brazil 372,773 Boliviana de Aviación, Gol Airlines   10%
3   Buenos Aires (Ezeiza), Argentina 358,943 Aerolíneas Argentinas, Austral Líneas Aéreas, Boliviana de Aviación   43%
4   Madrid, Spain 348,603 Air Europa, Boliviana de Aviación   5%
5   Panama City, Panama 278,277 Copa Airlines   15%
6   Lima, Peru 268,584 Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Perú   26%
7   Iquique, Chile 94,733 Amaszonas, LATAM Chile   7%
8   Asunción, Paraguay 79,962 Amaszonas, LATAM Paraguay   13%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.sabsa.aero/aeropuerto-el-alto
  2. ^ http://www.sabsa.aero/Documentos/informacion/Estadistico_pax_atz.pdf
  3. ^ a b c Liu, Jim. "Amaszonas outlines Embraer E190 network from Sep 2019; new routes launch in Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  4. ^ https://onemileatatime.com/american-airlines-bolivia/
  5. ^ http://www.financecolombia.com/avianca-to-launch-daily-direct-flight-from-bogota-to-santa-cruz-in-november/
  6. ^ https://tnews.com.pe/avianca-ajusta-su-red-de-rutas-desde-y-hacia-peru-en-el-segundo-semestre/
  7. ^ "Tráfico de pasajeros – Origen/Destino Servicio Regular Internacional" (PDF). Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (Bolivia) (in Spanish). January 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.

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