Tuesday, June 14, 2011

La Aurora International Airport

La Aurora International Airport

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La Aurora International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora
Aeropuerto La Aurora GUA.jpg
part of the airport's frontal exterior
GUA is located in Guatemala
Location of airport in Guatemala
Airport typeJoint
OwnerMinisterio de Comunicaciones, Infraestructura y Vivienda
OperatorDirección General de Aeronáutica Civil
ServesGuatemala City
LocationGuatemala City,Guatemala
Elevation AMSL1,611 m / 5,286 ft
Currently under renovations
La Aurora International Airport (IATAGUAICAOMGGT) serves Guatemala CityGuatemala. It is located 6 km south of Guatemala City's center and 25 km from Antigua. It is administered by the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil.
La Aurora International Airport is going through massive modernization and expansion works. The airport is now able to accept a greater number of flights and larger aircraft. It provides high standard installations to the traveller. The old terminal has been renovated in accordance with its original design. It has been partly demolished and was expanded with a new glass-designed concourse in the north, able to accommodate up to twenty-two aircraft. The greater part of the project was completed by December 2008. The airport currently has two terminals: Central and North.
La Aurora International Airport is the third busiest airport in Central America in terms of passenger traffic, surpassed only by Tocumen International Airport in Panamá and Juan Santamaría International Airport in Costa Rica. In June 2007 the airport was certified as Category I by the FAA.[4]



[edit]Infrastructure and news

La Aurora is being renovated, along with other airports in Guatemala, such as Mundo Maya International AirportQuetzaltenango AirportPuerto Barrios Airport, and San José Airport.
In July 2007, seven new gates were opened. These gates are equipped with jetway bridges and modern conveniences, also a new parking garage was also built and it can handle up to 500 vehicles.
There are brand new ticket counters. 2007 brought significant gate expansion (11 new gates were available starting December 2007). The airport now has two concourses. The northern concourse has 12 traditional gates and 3 remote gates. The central concourse, is used for larger aircraft as it provides 4-6 gates depending on the size of the aircraft.
The airport's runway currently measures 3,000 meters in length. There have been efforts in the past to expand the runway but this has not yet been possible since there's a commercial area to the north of the runway and a small ravine near the southern side of the runway. Still, the renovation of the runway is in progress. The first phase consists in repaving the runway as well modernizing the illumination system. Future plans to expand the taxiway repave and move all the cargo facilities to San José Airport in Escuintla and Puerto Barrios Airport in Izabal. This will make room for more passenger terminal area and improved taxiways. Finally, the airport administration building is being refurbished and a regional terminal is being built.
Cargo operations are handled beside the passenger terminal building by COMBEX-IM or in the DHL hangars. [1]

[edit]Airlines and destinations

AeroMéxicoMexico City [resumes July 4][2]Pending
American AirlinesDallas/Fort Worth, MiamiNorth
Continental AirlinesHouston-Intercontinental, NewarkNorth
Copa AirlinesManagua, Panama City, San José de Costa RicaCentral & North
Copa Airlines operated byCopa Airlines ColombiaBogotá, Panama City, San José de Costa RicaCentral
Delta Air LinesAtlanta, Los AngelesCentral
IberiaMadrid, San SalvadorCentral
InterjetMexico City [begins July 1][3]Pending
Spirit AirlinesFort LauderdaleCentral
TACA AirlinesCancún, Chicago-O'Hare, Flores, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Orlando, San José de Costa Rica, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, TegucigalpaNorth

[edit]Cargo airlines

ABX AirGuadalajara, Huatulco, Miami, Ohio, San Jose de Costa Rica
Aero Ruta MayaTikal, Copán, Palenque, Quirigua, Roatan
Amerijet InternationalMiami
DHL / DHL Aero ExpresoMiami, Panama City
DHL De GuatemalaSan José (CR), Mexico City, Miami, Panama City, San Salvador, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa
FedEx ExpressMemphis
Florida West International AirwaysMiami
LAN CargoMiami
MasAirMexico City
UPSAtlanta, Miami

[edit]Traffic statistics

Busiest Routes out of La Aurora International Airport (2009)
RankCityPassengersTop Carriers
1Flag of the United States.svg Miami, USA233,840American Airlines, Taca
2Flag of the United States.svg Houston, USA198,480Continental Airlines
3Flag of Panama.svg Panama City, Panama183,060Copa Airlines
4Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles, USA175,600Delta Air Lines, Taca/Lacsa
5Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico164,420Mexicana, Lacsa
6Flag of Costa Rica.svg San Jose, Costa Rica160,260Aerorepublica, Copa Airlines, Taca, Lacsa
7Flag of El Salvador.svg San Salvador, El Salvador159,220Taca, Lacsa
8Flag of Spain.svg Madrid, Spain108,180Iberia
9Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta, USA102,800Delta Air Lines
10Flag of Nicaragua.svg Managua, Nicaragua99,160Copa Airlines, Taca
11Flag of Guatemala.svg Flores, Peten81,960Aviateca, TAG
12Flag of the United States.svg Dallas, USA80,980American Airlines
13Flag of the United States.svg Chicago, USA76,905Taca
14Flag of Mexico.svg Cancun, Mexico61,756Mexicana Link, Aviateca
15Flag of Honduras.svg Tegucigalpa, Honduras55,480Aviateca, Isleña

[edit]Radio frequencies

Ground Control121.90
Tower Control118.10
Aurora Approach119.30
Clearance Delivery120.70
Guatemala Radio126.90

[edit]History of La Aurora

[edit]World War II

During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Force Sixth Air Force defending the Central American coastline against Axis powers submarines. The first American personnel began arriving in December 1941. During its period of American use, the military facilities of the airport were known as Guatemala City Air Base. Flying units assigned to the airport were:
Detachments from the airfield operated intermittently from San Jose AirportSan José, Costa Rica, and Puerto San JoséGuatemala from 1942 though 1944. After the war ended, a small number of Americans remained at the airport performing training duties with the Guatemalan Air Force and also operating a weather station (MATS 6th Weather Squadron). United States personnel were restricted to base during the Guatemalan revolution following the assassination of Colonel Francisco Xavier Arana on 18 July 1949. Some artillery shells landed on the base during the violence. The facility was closed on 28 July 1949 and turned over to Guatemalan authorities.

[edit]Airport gallery

[edit]Accidents and incidents

On 1 March 1980, a Douglas C-47 of the Fuerza Aérea Guatemalteca was damaged beyond repair near La Aurora.[4]
On 6 April 1993 a TACA International Airlines Boeing 767 ran off the end of Runway 19 after landing. A passenger on board filmed the landing which showed the plane coming in too steep, too fast and on a runway with standing water from a tropical storm which had just passed over. A great amount of runway had passed under the plane before touchdown and the pilot forced the landing. In spite of thrust reversers used, the plane could not slow down in time, began to shudder from excessive wheel-braking, overshot the runway and crashed into some structures. Surprisingly, there were no fatalities and the only injured people were 3 non-passengers. The aircraft was written off[5]