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Coordinates: 22°01′41″S 060°37′18″W / 22.02806°S 60.62167°W / -22.02806; -60.62167

Dr. Luis María Argaña International Airport
Aeropuerto Dr. Luis María Argaña
IATA: ESG – ICAO: SGME
Summary
Airport type Public, Military
Serves Mariscal Estigarribia, Paraguay
Elevation AMSL 553 ft / 169 m
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 3500 11483 Concrete
Source: DAFIF

Dr. Luis María Argaña International Airport (IATA: ESG, ICAO: SGME) is an airport that serves the small city of Mariscal Estigarribia, in the semi-arid Boquerón Department of Paraguay. The airport is named after Dr. Luis María Argaña, a former politician. It is operated by Paraguayan military authorities.

The Mariscal Estigarribia airport was constructed in the 1980s by US technicians hired by the former Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner. The concrete airstrip itself is larger than the one at the international airport in Asuncion, the Paraguayan capital. Mariscal Estigarribia has a population of only about 2000, which 300 belongs to the 6th Infantry Division, 3rd Corps, Paraguayan army garrison.

Due to the fact that its runway is apparently oversized for the Paraguayan Air Force, which only has a handful of small aircrafts, the airport is a favorite of regional conspiracy theorists. Upon a May 2005 agreement, Paraguay allowed the United States to use the airport for military maneuvers.

Pope John Paul II used the airport on 17 May 1988 when he visited the native mission of Santa Teresita, a few kilometers away, having arrived in a Boeing 707-320B Intercontinental chartered from LAP.



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General Info
Country Paraguay
ICAO ID SGME
Time UTC-4(-3DT)
Latitude -22.044986
22° 02' 41.95" S
Longitude -60.621694
060° 37' 18.10" W
Elevation 553 feet
169 meters
Magnetic Variation 010° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Near City Mariscal Estigarribia
Operating Hours SUNRISE TO SUNSET (SR-SS)


Communications
MARISCAL RDO 118.8


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
01/19 11483 x 131 feet
3500 x 40 meters
CONCRETE. - NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB MCL MARISCAL ESTIGARRIBIA - 381 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.


Remarks
FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)
RSTD Max auth tkof wt 10097 lbs.



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