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Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Alejandro Velasco Astete
Inside CUZ
IATA: CUZ – ICAO: SPZO
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator CORPAC S.A.
Serves Cusco
Elevation AMSL 10,860 ft / 3,310 m
Coordinates 13°32′8″S 71°56′37″W / 13.53556°S 71.94361°W / -13.53556; -71.94361
Website www.corpac.gob.pe
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 11,146 3,397 Asphalt

Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (IATA: CUZ, ICAO: SPZO) is located in the city of Cusco, in southeastern Peru. Cusco, a principal tourist attraction in Latin America, receives various domestic flights as well as some international flights. Its runways are completely paved. Currently, it operates at limited capacity due to its precarious location near the city's center. Despite these limitations, the airport has consistently ranked as Peru's second most important air terminal, handling 1,288,200 national and international passengers in 2009, as reported by CORPAC.

Name

It was named in honor of the Peruvian pilot Alejandro Velasco Astete who was the first pilot to cross the Andes in 1925. This first flight was from Lima directly to Cusco. Later that year, in September, while trying to avoid crashing into spectators at an airshow in the city of Puno he crashed and was killed. In recognition of his pioneering achievements in Peruvian aviation history, the airport was named in his honor.

History

Previously, the airport was served by American Airlines on a JFK-LIM-CUZ-LIM-JFK routing in the late 90s (1998-1999) using Boeing 757-200 aircraft. However, these flights were discontinued due a number of factors, including the airport's limited services and facilities as well as the Peruvian government's refusal to grant passenger transportation rights between Lima and Cuzco. American still holds the rights to this route and can resume flights at the company's discretion.

There have been a number of talks of construction of a new airport in the suburb of Chinchero, but this has created controversy as this area is home to the Pampas of Chinchero, an ecological monument.

In the past the airport received international flights from La Paz operated by Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano. However after this airline's bankruptcy in the early 2000's, the route has been taken over by Aerosur. The airport also received flights from the city of Arica in Chile operated by the defunct Chilean airline Ladeco.

Design

The airport has a number of commodities which attend to the multitude of tourists which visit the city of Cusco. A number of years ago, it was the first Peruvian airport to make use of jetways. The runway is paved and is 3400 meters (11,155 feet) long and 45 meters (148 feet) wide.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Aerosur La Paz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra
LAN Perú Arequipa, Iquitos, Juliaca, Lima, Puerto Maldonado
Peruvian Airlines Lima
Star Perú Arequipa [begins October 16], Juliaca [begins October 16], Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Rio Branco
TACA Perú Lima

Accident

On August 9, 1970, LANSA Flight 502, a four-engine engine Lockheed L-188A Electra turboprop, crashed shortly after takeoff from the Cusco airport, killing 99 of the 100 people on board, plus two people on the ground, in the deadliest accident to date in Peru's aviation history. 49 of the passengers were high school exchange students visiting Peru from Buffalo, New York. Investigation revealed the accident was caused by improper piloting technique and poor maintenance. The airline was suspended and fined by the Peruvian government. A memorial — a large white cross with a nameplate — has been erected for the victims near the crash site, about a mile and a half west-north-west from the airport.



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General Info
Country Peru
ICAO ID SPZO
Time UTC-5
Latitude -13.535722
13° 32' 08.60" S
Longitude -71.938781
071° 56' 19.61" W
Elevation 10860 feet
3310 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 003° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Near City Cusco
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS


Communications
CUSCO TWR 118.1
GND 121.9
ATIS 127.0
CUSCO APP 120.6


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
10/28 11146 x 148 feet
3397 x 45 meters
ASPHALT 052FCXT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME ZCO CUSCO 096X 114.9 4.3 NM 106.6


Remarks
FUEL (NC-A1)
OPR HOURS Opr 1100-2300Z.
RSTD Rwy 10 not used for landing, ldg Rwy 28, turnaround at EOR not stressed for med or larger acft.



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