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Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Asunción Silvio Pettirossi
Front view of ASU Terminal
IATA: ASU – ICAO: SGAS
Summary
Airport type Public
Serves Asunción
Location Luque, Paraguay
Elevation AMSL 89 m / 291 ft
Coordinates 25°14′23″S 057°31′09″W / 25.23972°S 57.51917°W / -25.23972; -57.51917
Website www.dinac.gov.py
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,353 11,000 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2009)
Passengers 595,145
Statistics: DINAC

Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (IATA: ASU, ICAO: SGAS) is Paraguay's main national and international gateway, located at Luque, suburb of the capital Asunción. It is named after the Paraguayan aviator Silvio Pettirossi and was formerly known as Presidente Stroessner International Airport, after Paraguay's former head of state General Alfredo Stroessner.

History

The airport serves as hub for TAM Paraguayan Airlines and newly created airline Regional Paraguaya.

The terminal building splits into domestic and international concourses, with 2 gates (5 and 6) and 4 gates (1 to 4) respectively. However, the airport currently receives only one domestic flight, handled at the International Concourse. The domestic concourse handles cargo, general aviation and charter flights.

On 3 August 2008, local newspaper Diario ABC Color reported that aeronautical officers at the airport were taking advantage of their positions by creating fake company entities that dealt with aircraft handling services, and thus violating safety operational guidances and procedures.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque [ends 19 October; begins 6 December], Buenos Aires-Ezeiza [begins 20 October; ends 5 December]
Aerosur Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru
Gol Airlines Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Curitiba-Afonso Pena
PLUNA Montevideo, Santiago de Chile
TACA Perú Lima, Montevideo
TAM Airlines Paraguay Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Ciudad del Este, Cochabamba, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão,Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo-Guarulhos

Incidents and accidents

  • 16 June 1955: Panair do Brasil, a Lockheed L-049/149 Constellation registration PP-PDJ flying from Rio de Janeiro-Galeão to Buenos Aires - Ezeiza via São Paulo and Asunción hit a 12m tree while on final approach to land at Asunción. Part of the wing broke-off, the aircraft crashed and caught fire. Of the 24 passengers and crew aboard, 16 died.
  • 27 August 1980: Transporte Aéreo Militar - TAM Paraguayo, a Douglas C-47B registration FAP2016 crashed on approach to Silvio Pettirossi International Airport. The aircraft was on a flight to Ayolas when an engine failed shortly after take-off and the decision was made to land back at Asunción. One person was killed
  • 11 November 2007: an Airbus 340 of Air Comet flight en-route to Santiago had an emergency landing at 07:30 AM local time due to a broken windshield. The aircraft was carrying 227 passengers from Spain; most of which were accommodated at a local hotel of the capital Asuncion.
  • 5 August 2008: a twin-engine small plane carrying Paraguay's Minister of Agriculture, Cándido Vera Bejarano, and Luis Ortigoza, a top member of local Liberal Party, almost brought about a tragedy when folding itself its undercarriage after touch-down on the runway of Pettirossi airport. The incident mobilized the security system and forced to declare alert III. The incident occurred nearly 18:24 hrs. local time, when the aircraft with matriculation ZP TET, property of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, touched down the airport's runway, after returning from Pilar's Carlos Miguel Jiménez Airport. The small plane was piloted by Gerardo López. All three people on board were safe, although one of the plane's wings made contact with the runway's asphalt.

Access

The airport, located within Luque, may be reached from the city of Asuncion via the Airport Main Road (Avenida Aviadores del Chaco), which runs adjacent to nearby Ñu Guasú Park. Asuncion's local bus line 30-A links the city center with the airport's terminal.



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General Info
Country Paraguay
ICAO ID SGAS
Time UTC-4(-3DT)
Latitude -25.239850
25° 14' 23.46" S
Longitude -57.519133
057° 31' 08.88" W
Elevation 292 feet
89 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 012° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency MILITARY - CIVIL JOINT USE AIRPORT
Near City Asuncion
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
ASUNCION TWR 118.1
ASUNCION RDO 126.9
5526
6645
6649
8855
GND 121.9
ASUNCION APP 119.7
120.0


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
02/20 11001 x 151 feet
3353 x 46 meters
ASPHALT 055FCWT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME VAS ASUNCION 106X 115.9 At Field -
NDB VB ASUNCION - 305 2.5 NM 011.8


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)


Remarks
CAUTION Numerous large birds in vcnty of arpt.
FUEL (NC-A1,100LL)
MISC See FLIP PLANNING AP/1 Flight Hazards. Wx avbl thru Asuncion Radio 5601, 10067.



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