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Old 11-27-2021, 06:49 PM
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Expansion of Cibao International Airport - Santiago, Dom Rep

The Cibao International Airport is going to start its expansion and earlier today the Spanish architectural firm Luis Vidal + Arquitectos revealed how it will look. The expansion is suppose to start this week.

Unfortunately, the video is in Spanish only.


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The following images are printscreens from the video to cut to the chase.

Aerial Views



This airport is privately owned though open to the public (like a typical mall) and passengers here are something like 90% Dominicans. This one and in Las Americas in Santo Domingo (that one is owned by the government) are the only international airports where Dominican passengers are the majority (and I think Balaguer Intl, but that airport is tiny and handles small planes only) while the rest of the international airports in the DR are dominated by tourists. It makes me wonder if with the new expansion, management will try to become another hub for the region or if it will remain what it is right now, an airport to serve Dominicans. Since it is a for profit company, I think they will try to capture more air traffic in the region. It remains to be seen.
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Old 12-15-2021, 07:06 PM
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Horrible news from Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

A private plane departed from La Isabela International Airport headed to Miami, Fl encountered a mechanical issue upon departing. An emergency landing was to take place at the Las Américas International Airport, but the plane fell and crashed within meters of the runway. All 9 people on board died.

They victims:


Puerto Ricans: José Ángel Hernández (music producer) and his entire family. He's holding his wife and one of the kids.

Dominicans: Verónica Estrella (left) and co-pilot Víctor Emilio Herrera (left).

Venezuelan: Pilot Luis Alberto Eljuri (right)


Route taken by the airplane.


As seen from the airport a couple of hours ago.



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Old 12-16-2021, 01:43 PM
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The following is according to the rumor mill, but first I want to correct what I said in the previous post that it was heading to Miami, the correct destination was Orlando.

What is being said is that the airplane began to have mechanical issues as soon it departed. The pilot asked for permission to do an emergency landing at La Isabela, but flight control at the airport denied the request on the basis it doesn't have equipmentto treat emergency landing. A international airport that can't handle emergencies!! WTF!!! Mind you this is a government owned airport. The Dominican government desls with a yearly budget that should be over US$10 billion. How is it possible there are airports without emergency equipments? These emergency equipments probably costs pennies by comparison.

The pilot contacted flight control at Las Américas and their response was that the airplane needed to wait for another airplane that was on the runway to leave.

The troubled airplane was in the air for upwards of 30 minutes. On top of that notice it was over Santo Domingo for much of that time. Imagine if it would had crashed into the city, make it an even bigger calamity.

This is totally irresponsible. Although part of the rumors, if it's true there are some criminal charges coming up and more than a few peopke will lose their jobs.
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Old 10-26-2022, 09:23 PM
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This one is not about an airport per say, rather a Latin American airline.

Sky Cana is a relatively new Dominican airline specializing in charter flights and cargo flights mostly from the Las Americas Intl Airport in Santo Domingo. Their airplanes are charaterized for each having its own livery with the Sky Cana name appearing in the motors only and the logo of Sky Cana in the back.

This one is the first Airbus 330-300 that any Dominican airline acquires and today October 26, 2022 the airplane arrived for the first time in the Dominican Republic. The first Dominican airport to receive this airplane is Gregorio Luperón Intl Airport in Puerto Plata.

In the following video it shows this airplane from the outside and the inside at Puerto Plata. This one says Go Dominican Republic, but there are others that say Go Puerto Plata, Go Punta Cana, Go Santo Domingo, etc.


Sky Cana is quickly becoming the largest charter airline from Latin America and right mow is the only Latin American charter airline with these types of airplanes. Most tend to have rather small airplanes.
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Old 11-15-2023, 01:10 AM
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Well, this is exciting. The president of the Dominican Republic gave a speech to the public on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 regarding that in 2025 it will begin the construction of a new passenger terminal at the Las Americas International Airport. This new terminal is projected to cost US$250 million (that’s a lot in the DR, a very nice terminal can be built for that amount) and will increase capacity by 4 million passengers. I don’t remember that he said anything about building a new runway (the current one was built in 1959 by Trujillo) or a new higher control tower. Not more details have been revealed.

This would make Las Americas International Airport the first government owned airport that will have two passengers terminals on two separate buildings. The Punta Cana International Airport already has that, but that airport was founded, is developed and owned by Grupo Puntacana (Punta Cana is the place, Puntacana is the private company), but that airport is private open to the public (similar scheme to a mall) while Las Americas Internation Airport has been built mostly by Dominican taxpayers money.) Although Punta Cana International Airport gets the the most flights and passengers in the DR and in the Caribbean islands only Luis Muñoz International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico gets more (plus they get something like 70% to 80% of the international tourists); they are mostly seasonal and charter flights. Las Americas International Airport actually gets more regular flights in the DR and its current passengers volume makes it the third most used airport in the Caribbean islands, surpassed only by Punta Cana and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In terms of air space, currently the DR has the busiest in the Caribbean. That is to say in any given day more airplanes are flying over the DR, approaching, landing and departing in a DR airport than anywhere else in the Caribbean islands. Also, in any given day there will be more airplanes in Dominican airports than in any other place in the Caribbean islands.

This probably would make the DR as a the first country/territory in the Caribbean with two airports or more with two passengers terminals or more that will require to go from on to another via a pedestrian bridge/bus/taxi/walk outside/monorail/etc. In the Latin American sphere I think Brazil is the only one in that category at the moment. In the “Hispanic World” I think Spain is the only one in that category. I don’t think there is any country in the world that isn’t developed and is very small falls in that category.

* By the way, it’s a pet peeve but the area north of the airport should has been declared a national park to prevent that neighborhood from forming there. As recent as the 1970’s there was nothing there except its natural state of mostly scrubs and even in the 1980’s much was still a natural setting. Then that neighborhood form that makes it seem you’re arriving not to the Third World, but the Fourth World. SMH While this is not the only airport in Latin America that basically have airplanes on final-to-land essentially flying over and almost landing in a slum, that area should had been kept as a green zone of natural vegetation or at least make sure the area was developed as a middle class neighborhood. It would had given a better image from the air. Too late now, but SMH.

** This airport has gone through a few name changes. In was built as Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Caucedo (some say Cabo Caucedo) when there was nothing on that peninsula. To have an idea how unimportant that peninsula was, the greatest thing it happened was that in 1586 some Spanish troops there noticed the boats (16 in total) of English pirate Francis Drake heading towards Santo Domingo. That allowed the city to be warned of the imminent danger before they reached, attack, invaded and capture the town for about a month. It was the first time Santo Domingo was captured by an enemy and resulted with several deaths between those killed during the attack and invasion through the gates and there was a Spanish/Dominican hanged everyday that the ransom Francis Drake demanded to release the town was not paid. Also a building/house was intentionally burned by the English. All the churches were desecrated. All the archives and records were piled in the Plaza de Armas (today Parque Colon) and set on fire (that’s why archives in SD only go back to 1586, almost a reminder of why there are no older ones left) which resulted in a third of the town destroyed, the original copper bells of the First Cathedral in the New World were stolen by them, all the jewelry and anything of value of SD inhabitants, etc. That’s it for the significance of that peninsula, During the next 373 years nothing took place there.

10 days after it was built by the government it changed to Aeropuerto Trujillo (ahem.) In 1961 it reverted back to Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Caucedo (or Cabo Caucedo.) In the 1970’s it was changed to Aeropuerto Internacional de Las Américas and in 2003 it was modified to its current long official name: Aeropuerto Internacional de Las Américas Dr José Francisco Peña Gómez. As for who was he, he became a major political figure. Born to Haitian parents, he was adopted by a Dominican family and given his full name (original one given by his parents was Oggi Pie.) The guy that promulgated the modification of the airport’s name was Hipólito Mejía, then president and was a close friend of Peña since he was a young man.

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Old 12-06-2023, 03:47 PM
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Here are some renders of what the new terminal will look like at the Aeropuerto Internacional de Las Américas Dr José Francisco Peña Gómez in Santo Domingo. This was shown this morning in Hoy Mismo, a morning show in Dominican TV. To me it seems it will have some similarities with the new terminal being built at the Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao in Santiago de los Caballeros. If I'm counting correctly, it seems it will add 8 gates to Las Américas. The construction of the new terminal is expected to begin in 2025 and it's expected to be inaugurated in 2028.

The current terminal can be seen on the left in the bird's eye views.


They are still working on some details and this is a Dominican government owned airport, so this has to be approved by Dominican Congress. I don't see why there could be any objection, but politicians can be annoying. lol Airports such as the one in Punta Cana is owned by the Grupo Puntacana company, the one in Santiago is its own company, and the one in La Romana is owned by the Central Romana company. Airports that belong to private companies (they are private but open to the public, like a mall) changes, new terminals, etc can be done without much red tape and rather quickly, but government owned airports require Congress approval. That's that.

A very beautiful, modern, airy terminal. Certainly better than the current terminal, which will continue to function once the new terminal is finished.

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