Gregorio Luperón International Airport

Gregorio Luperón International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón
POP is located in Dominican Republic
Location of airport in Dominican Republic
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI S.A. (Aerodom)
Location Sosua, Puerto Plata in Puerto Plata Province, Dominican Republic
Elevation AMSL 15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 19°45′28″N 70°34′12″W / 19.75778°N 70.57°W / 19.75778; -70.57
Website Puerto Plata Airport
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,081 10,108 Asphalt
Statistics (Jan-Sept 2011)
Passengers 605,341
Sources: Departamento Aeroportuario[1] and DAFIF[2][3]
Pico Isabel de Torres with a 767-300

Gregorio Luperón International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón) (IATA: POPICAO: MDPP), also known as Puerto Plata Airport, is located in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. It's the Dominican Republic's fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic and aircraft movements. The airport is named after General Gregorio Luperón, a Dominican military and state leader.

Capable of handling planes of all sizes, Puerto Plata Airport has benefited from being in an area with many beaches, which are popular among charter airline passengers. The popularity of the city where it is located has also drawn a number of regularly scheduled passenger airlines over the years.


Main terminal

The main terminal building has 10 gates; 5 with boarding bridges on the satellite concourse, and 5 without in the frontal concourse. The terminal can support three Boeing 747-400s simultaneously.


  • On February 6, 1996, Birgenair Flight 301 was bound for Frankfurt, Germany, but crashed shortly after take-off from Puerto Plata Airport into the Atlantic Ocean 26 kilometres off-shore. All 176 passengers and 13 crew members, among them 164 Germans, were killed. It was discovered later that one of the air speed indicators of the Boeing 757-200 was not working properly, confusing the pilots about whether the plane's speed was too fast or too slow.
  • On January 22, 2009, Air Turks and Caicos flight 5103 landed in Puerto Plata and punched one of the gears in the middle of the runways; as a result the airport had to be closed for 5 hours and all incoming flights had been diverted to Santiago, Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. No injures were reported.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
AeroGal Guayaquil, Quito
Aeronaves Dominicanas Samaná, Santiago de los Caballeros
Air Berlin Düsseldorf, Munich
Air Canada Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax
Air Century Constanza, Santo Domingo, Varadero
Air Transat Seasonal: Calgary, Montréal-Trudeau, Québec City, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver
Air Turks and Caicos Providenciales, San Juan [4]
American Airlines Miami
Arkefly Amsterdam
CanJet Fredericton, Halifax, Montréal-Trudeau, Quebec City, St. John's, Toronto-Pearson, Winnipeg
Condor Frankfurt
Continental Airlines Newark
Edelweiss Air Zurich
Enerjet Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson
EuroAtlantic Airways Lisbon
ExpressJet Airlines Jacksonville, Orlando-Sanford
Jetairfly Brussels
JetBlue Airways New York-JFK
Monarch London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle
PAWA Dominicana Seasonal: San Juan
Primera Air Dublin
Servicios Aéreos Profesionales Barbados, Beef Island, Holguin, Havana, Nassau
Charter: St. Croix
Sunwing Airlines London (ON), Moncton, Montréal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Quebec City, Sudbury, Toronto-Pearson, St. John's
TAME Quito, Guayaquil
Thomas Cook Airlines Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Thomas Cook Canada operated by Jazz Air Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Stockholm-Arlanda
Thomson Airways East Midlands [5], London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Glasgow-International
Vacation Express Orlando-Sanford
WestJet Toronto-Pearson

Cargo carriers

Puerto Plata ground crew attending to a flight.
Airlines Destinations
Amerijet Miami, Santiago de los Caballeros, Saint Vincent
Seasonal: Kingston
DHL Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo
IBC Airways Miami
Volga-Dnepr Seasonal: Madrid

See also

  • List of the busiest airports in Dominican Republic


  1. ^ Departamento Aeroportuario - 2008 passenger statistics
  2. ^ Airport information for MDPP at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for POP at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  4. ^
  5. ^

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