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Las Américas International Airport ( ) is an international airport located in Punta Caucedomarker, near Santo Domingomarker and Boca Chicamarker in the Dominican Republicmarker. The airport is run by Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (AERODOM), a Dominican Republic-based private corporation, with a 25-year concession to build, operate, and transfer (BOT) 6 airports in the Dominican Republic.

Recently, the expressway leading from Santo Domingo to the airport (roughly 20 km east of the city center) was expanded and modernised. 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.

The airport is the second busiest in the country, after Punta Cana International Airportmarker, and one of the largest in the Caribbean, handling 2.7 million passengers in 2008 through its air terminal.

History

Las Américas Airport was opened in 1959 as the official airport of Santo Domingomarker.

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".

On February 15, 1970, a Dominicana de Aviación's DC-9 that was flying to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airportmarker in San Juan, Puerto Ricomarker, crashed, killing all 102 persons on board (see: Dominicana DC-9 air disaster).

Las Américas was the hub for Dominicana de Aviacion, APA Dominicana International, Air Santo Domingo, and a number of other, smaller airlines. Currently, PAWA Dominicana and SAP Air are 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.

The new Northern terminal

Northeastern airborne view of SDQ and its runway


This new terminal is complete and open 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.

Runway

Las Américas' runway direction is 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 can support an Airbus A380.The runway of SDQ was last renovated in June 2008.The old taxi-way was also renovated and converted into a full blown runway.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Las Américas has 6 gates on the main satellite concourse (A), A1 through A6, which have a shared use. In the same concourse there is an American Eagle gate, A7. 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 sides of todays newest struture but with a still modern look.

Concourse B has 4 gates, B1 through B4, and an American Eagle's gate B1A. Terminal B is the newest and most modern in the country.

American Airlines is the major airline operating in Las Américas. It has 1 daily flight to New York (inbound / outbound), 8 flights to San Juan, 4 to Miami and two weekly to Boston. Delta has one weekly flight to / from JFK (recently announced several flights per week starting on summer 2009) and a daily flight to/from Atlanta. Iberia has a daily flight from Madrid, and Spirit Airlines has a daily one from Fort Lauderdale. US Airways has a flight on Saturday to / from Philadelphia. Air France also operates nonstop service to their Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) hub several times each week. JetBlue has recently expanded operations from Santo Domingo with 5 daily flights to New York-JFK, 1 daily flight to Orlando, and 2 daily flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico. On June 18, 2009, JetBlue will open a daily nonstop route to Fort Lauderdale. In June 2008, Avianca opened Santo Domingo-Bogotá Route. New airlines and routes are expected to start flights as demand increases. The average number of daily flights out of Las Américas ranges between 28 to 45 flights.

Terminal A

Gates A1 through A7

Terminal B

Gates B1 through B4

Domestic Terminal

This Terminal is located next to the Cargo Terminal and is used for domestic flights and some private flights.

Cargo airlines

Accidents and incidents

  • On April 20, 2008 Cubana de Aviacion flight 201, bound for La Havanamarker, had to return to Las Americas, after reporting two of four engines were out of service, and one was on fire. The IL-62 landed without secondary problems into runway 17. All 117 passengers were without any injuries. The plane was in the air next day and landed La Habana with no problems as CUB201D.
  • On February 7, 2008 American Eagle flight 5111 had to make an emergency landing in La Romana International Airportmarker after departing from Las Américas International Airport to Luis Muñoz Marin International Airportmarker at 11:30 am. The captain said that he had some problems with the right engine, and as they were approaching the La Romanamarker zone smoke began to spray into the cabin. The captain spoke to La Romana's control tower and obtained permission to make an emergency landing there. The aircraft was an ATR-72-500.






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References

  1. Departamento Aeroportuario - 2008 Passenger statistics
  2. Suspende vuelos en terminal de Las Americas :: Ultimo Minuto :: La Plana Digital :: La Plana Digital :: El Periodico de Santo Domingo



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