Silvio Pettirossi International Airport

São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport Ministro Pistarini International Airport Luque
Silvio Pettirossi International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Silvio Pettirossi
International Airport Silvio Pettirossi by Felipe Méndez.jpg
Front view of ASU Terminal
Summary
Airport typePublic
ServesAsunción
LocationLuque, Paraguay
Hub for
Elevation AMSL89 m / 291 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
WebsiteDINAC
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ASU is located in Paraguay
ASU
ASU
Location of airport in Paraguay
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,353 11,000 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2019)
PassengersIncrease 1,239,403
Aircraft OperationsDecrease 53.353
Cargo (tn)Decrease 12,810
Statistics: DINAC[1]

Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (IATA: ASU, ICAO: SGAS) is Paraguay's main national and international gateway, located at Luque, serving the capital city, Asunción. It is named after the Paraguayan aviator Silvio Pettirossi and was formerly known as President Stroessner International Airport, after Paraguay's former head of state General Alfredo Stroessner.
In 2019, Pettirossi handled a record 1.23 million passengers, making it the busiest airport in the country. It is the main international hub for LATAM Paraguay and Paranair.

History

The airport serves as hub for LATAM Paraguay, formerly known as TAM Paraguay, TAM Mercosur and LAP (Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas).

The terminal building splits into two international concourses, the north concourse with 2 gates (5 and 6) and the south concourse with 4 gates (1 to 4). The airport is being expanded to accommodate more gates.

Iberia provided direct flights to Asunción from Madrid from 1966 (or perhaps 1968) till the mid-nineties.[2] Lufthansa flew once a week from Frankfurt to Asunción from 1971 to 1980, with DC-10 service starting in 1974.[3] For both airlines, the flights included multiple destinations in South America.

On 17 December 2015, the first Air Europa flight arrived from Madrid, Spain to the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Luque and provided the first direct connection between Paraguay and Europe in 21 years.[4]

Accessibility and location

The airport, located within Luque, may be reached from the city of Asuncion via the Aviadores del Chaco Avenue, which runs adjacent to nearby Ñu Guasú Park. Asuncion's local bus line 30-A links the city center with the airport's terminal. The airport is also near the headquarters of CONMEBOL, the continental governing body of association football in South America.

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

AirlinesDestinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Ezeiza
Air Europa Córdoba, Madrid
Amaszonas Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru
Amaszonas Uruguay Montevideo, Punta del Este, Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru
Avianca Bogotá
Copa Airlines Panama City
Flybondi Buenos Aires–El Palomar
Gol Airlines São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Paraguay Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Lima, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Paranair Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Ciudad del Este, Curitiba, Iquique, Montevideo
Seasonal: Florianópolis, Punta del Este, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão

Cargo

AirlinesDestinations
Avianca Cargo Montevideo
LATAM Cargo Brasil Medellín-JMC

Statistics

These data show number of passengers movements into the airport, according to the Dirección Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil's Aviation Sector Summary Reports.

Top routes

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

Accidents and incidents

Gallery

See also

References

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

  1. ^ "Aeropuerto Internacional "Silvio Pettirossi"" (PDF) (in Spanish). Departamento de Estadística de la Aviación Civil. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 March 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  2. ^ "A 50 años del primer vuelo de Iberia a Asunción". 1 July 2016. Archived from the original on 28 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Un día como hoy de 1974 Lufthansa llegaba a Asunción con DC10". 5 July 2016. Archived from the original on 28 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  4. ^ Color, ABC. "Llegó a Paraguay primer vuelo de Air Europa - Nacionales - ABC Color". Archived from the original on 10 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Datos Estadísticos mensuales del Transporte Aéreo Comercial en Paraguay". www.dinac.gov.py.
  6. ^ "Asuncion Silvio Pettirossi International Airport". flightradar24. January 2018. Archived from the original on 6 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Accident description PP-PDJ". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  8. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Noite do Paraguai". O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX através dos seus acidentes 1928–1996 (in Portuguese) (2 ed.). Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. pp. 145–149. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.
  9. ^ "FAP2016 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2010.
  10. ^ "Accident description HK-3979X". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2011.