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Ilopango Intl Airport



Ilopango International Airport
IATA: none – ICAO: MSSS
Summary
Airport type Military and Charter
Operator CEPA
Location San Salvador
Elevation AMSL 2008 ft / 612 m
Coordinates 13°41′41.90″N 89°6′56.05″W / 13.694972°N 89.1155694°W / 13.694972; -89.1155694Coordinates: 13°41′41.90″N 89°6′56.05″W / 13.694972°N 89.1155694°W / 13.694972; -89.1155694
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 7,345 2,239 Asphalt

Satellite view of Ilopango Int'l Airport

Ilopango International Airport (IATA:--, ICAO: MSSS) is an airport located on the eastern part of the city of San Salvador, El Salvador, once serving the city as its international airport until it was replaced by the larger and more modern Comalapa International Airport, located about 50 km south of the city. Currently, Ilopango is used for military and charter aviation only. It also holds the annual Ilopango Air Show. The airport is also home to the National Aviation Museum (Museo Nacional de Aviación) of San Salvador, which is housed in the old terminal building.

During the civil war it was a perfect target for bombs from the guerrillas, the rebel group that also destroyed El Puente de Oro (The Golden Bridge), a hanging bridge over the Lempa River.

Rehabilitation

Ilopango has the problem that many airports in Central America have: it borders on the city and has houses near it so its runway can't be expanded. Its hangars will be relocated and modernized to serve as a modern commercial airport. It will be mainly used by the tourist complex project PORTOPANGO at Lake Ilopango and for domestic flights between other airports that will be built in El Salvador.

History

Ilopango was once the largest and busiest airport in Central America until the civil war disrupted its operations. It ended its international flight service in the late 1970s, with the building of the bigger and more modern Comalapa International. Currently, there is a plan that involves the modernization and enlargement of the airport to accommodate modern aircraft. In 2001, the administration of the airport passed from the military to the Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autónoma (CEPA), which is in charge of planning the modernization project. [1]

During the 1980s, hangars four and five of the Ilopango air base were used as a stopover in the transfer of military supplies heading South to the Contras and drugs moving North into the U.S. Declassified interviews taken during Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh's investigation into Iran-Contra date the Contra's use of the airport to 1983 when CIA pilot Marcos Aguado approached Salvadoran Air Force commander Juan Rafael Bustillo to secure hangar space for the operation.

Facts

Iberia Airlines held the commonly known "La Ruta de los Tres Santos" (Three Saints Route) which was San Juan - San Salvador - San Jose.

Some airlines that served Ilopango in the past

  • Aviateca (Guatemala)
  • Lacsa (San José (CR))
  • TACA [Now part of Grupo TACA] (San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, Guatemala, Los Angeles, New York, Miami)
  • Copa Airlines (Panama City, San Andres Island)
  • Iberia (Madrid, Miami, San José (CR), San Juan)
  • Pan Am (New York, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Guatemala)
  • Sahsa (Tegucigalpa)


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General Info
Country El Salvador
ICAO ID MSSS
Time UTC-6
Latitude 13.699492
13° 41' 58.17" N
Longitude -89.119861
089° 07' 11.50" W
Elevation 2021 feet
616 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 002° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency MILITARY - CIVIL JOINT USE AIRPORT
Near City San Salvador
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
TWR 118.3
RDO 127.05
GND 121.9
APP 119.5
Communications Remarks  
APP (blw 7000')


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
15/33 7349 x 148 feet
2240 x 45 meters
ASPHALT 080RBWT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME YSV ILOPANGO 112X 116.5 At Field -
NDB YSX ILOPANGO - 215 At Field -


Remarks
CAUTION Avoid ovft of mil areas on AD. Exer extreme caution in E and S sctr of thld rwy33 due to high tension cable twr with elev up to 2365'. Bird haz Lake Ilopango and arpt.
FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)
LGT PAPI Rwy 15 GS 3.1 .
OPR HOURS Opr 1200-0400Z; H24 mil.
TFC PAT Left tfc Rwy 15-33. Rectangular pat alt 3000'.



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