Cibao International Airport also known as Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao, is located about 10 miles from the city of Santiago. The airport was constructed in 2002, to serve the Caribbean, Central America and the United States of America. Most International destinations are to Boston, Miami, and New York in the United States of America. Future expansion plans are currently on hold until airport operators and the Dominican government make an agreement in the Supreme Court. The airport's land is currently in question and future plans call for this airport to be shutdown. All operations to this airport will be moved to Puerto Plata. All flights continue to resume until further government notice.
Plans for the construction of the airport were first proposed in 1969. The Cibao International Airport Corporation was created on March 29, 1978 with the cooperation of José Armando Bermúdez (president), Víctor Espaillat, Manuel Arsenio Ureña, Dr. José Augusto Imbert, Mario Cáceres and Ing. Carlos S. Fondeur, who acquired the land necessary to build the new airport.
The construction of the airport began on February 15, 2000 and was finished in 2002. The airport was inaugurated on March 18, 2002 with two direct flights to San Juan operated by American Eagle.
In May 2002 Aeromar Líneas Aéreas Dominicanas made the first direct flight from Santiago to JFK Airport in New York. Later that month American Airlines and North American Airlines began direct flights to New York, Miami, and San Juan. A few months later Continental Airlines began direct flights from Newark. This was followed by direct service by JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines, both from New York. Aeromar became Santiago as it secondary hub, after Las Américas International Airport.
In 2003 Aeromar Líneas Aéreas Dominicanas stopped their flights into Santiago after the airline stopped operations.
By the end of 2005 the airport's operator began one of the biggest expansions for this airport. They expanded the custom hall and rebuilt the west and east side of the terminal. The terminal saw the addition of a second floor. This expansion was finalized in 2006. The runway's 400-meter (1,300 ft) expansion is currently in folders, but there is no scheduled date to begin or conclude this expansion yet.
In April 2008, Cibao International became the first airport in the country to exonerate fees for private planes, making it possible to increase tourism in the region.
In June, 2008, Continental Airlines announced the discontinuation of their services to Santiago until September 3. Delta Air Lines announced the new service to Atlanta, starting on December 20, 2008 and the resuming of the New York route on December 13, 2008.
On January 9, 2009, Spirit Airlines announced operations to Santiago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, starting on June 21, 2009.
In 2010 the airport recovered passengers movement from last year, handling more than 900,000. It also became the third-busiest airport by passengers in the country, been already ranked number three in aircraft operations. In this year were established also regular domestics routes from Santiago operated by Aerolineas Mas, Air Century, Caribair and VolAir. Aerolineas Mas became the strongest domestic airline in the airport and started operating Santiago's Airport as a Focus City-Destination.
March 14, 2011 Aerolíneas Mas, Air Century, Vol Air and Caribair all cancelled their domestic flights. The domestic terminal was then used for private charter flights.
On April 1, 2013 American Airlines stopped their direct flight to New York's JFK Airport.
Up until January 2020, the airport operated on private land which wasn't paid to the original owners; the current administration was plagued with multiple lawsuits, with the lower courts siding with the land owners. The case is currently in the Supreme Court.
The Cibao International Airport infrastructure consists of the main international terminal, domestic terminal and a cargo terminal. The international terminal is the most utilized and receives most of the flights operating in here and it has modern installations to make easier the check-in, boarding and baggage claim processes.
The airport's owners are planning to expand the runway and the construction of the new taxiway next to the runway by the next year.
Runway and taxiways
The runway length is 2,620 m, which can support all types of passenger airliners. The airport's operators are discussing the expansion of the runway to allow larger aircraft for long-haul flights from Europe.
Cibao International Airport's taxiways are composed by two exits E-1 and E-2; E-1 is located on the west side of Runway 11/29, next to the direction 11 of that runway. E-2 is located in the east side of the runway, next to direction 29 of the runway.
|RWY Designador||Tipe LEN INTST||THR LGT (Colour) WBAR||PAPI||LGT LEN||RWY Center Line LGT||RWY Edge LGT (Colour)||RWY End LGT (Colour)||SWY LGT (Colour)||ILS (Colour)|
|Runway 11||MALSR||Green||PAPI 4||None||Yellow-Blue||White-Blue||Red||None||White|
|Runway 29||Green||PAPI 4||None||Yellow-Blue||White-Blue||Red||Yellow-White||White|
In 2005 the airport received an Antonov AN-124 of Volga-Dnepr, for the first time, from Spain for military activity along the border with Haiti. It remained in Santiago for two days before returning to Spain.
JetBlue, as the current largest operator, has over seven daily flights to New York and two daily flights to Boston with an 87% occupation in their flights,. Also, JetBlue has three daily flights to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
Delta Air Lines operates between two or three daily flights to New York–JFK.
Copa Airlines, the Panama's flag carrier, operates 2 weekly flights to Panama City.
InterCaribbean Airways operates three weekly flights to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.
Increased passenger status
Since its inauguration, Cibao International has been projected to become one of busiest airports in terms of passenger traffic in the country. Presently it has become the third-busiest airport in the Dominican Republic, only being surpassed by the airports of Punta Cana and Santo Domingo.
The airport served more than 970,000 passengers in 2006.
Cibao Airport Corporation has expanded the international terminal, which now includes a new check-in area, an extension of the commercial area with a new food court, located in the second level, a new baggage claim carousel, making a total of three and the reconstruction of a new duty-free zone.
The airport's main terminal (international) has six gates (B1-B6). Five of these gates provide boarding docks (B1-B2/B4-B6). It is located between the domestic terminal and the cargo terminal. It has all of the facilities of a modern airport.
Future expansion of this airport is being discussed which would include additional gates and baggage handling areas as well as expanding the taxiway. Recently gates B1 and B2 received boarding docks leaving gate B3 for smaller aircraft. JetBlue Airways is the current largest carrier at the airport.
The airport's domestic terminal, also called the General Aviation hall, has three stands (A1 to A3), and is located next to the international terminal. It was used for domestic flights and is now used for charter private flights. Aerolineas Mas was currently the major domestic airline in this Airport. The airline operated flights to Santo Domingo-JBQ and Port-au-Prince, and with plans to operate regularly to Punta Cana, Aerolineas Mas had made of this airport it's Focus City. Air Century ceased operations on regular domestic flights from/to Santo Domingo-JBQ, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, operating all their flights through the Domestic Terminal. All domestic flights are no longer available at this Dominican airport. The international air terminal is the only terminal in use.
This airport also served as the northern air base for the Dominican Air Force, however, mainly as a support facility. Presently there are no military aircraft stationed at this airport.
Airlines and destinations
|Amerijet International||Miami, Port Au Prince,|
|MN Aviation||Aguadilla, San Juan, Santo Domingo-Las Americas|
|1||New York City||1,012,007||Delta Air Lines, JetBlue|
|2||Newark||246,579||JetBlue, United Airlines|
|4||Fort Lauderdale||128,158||JetBlue, Spirit Airlines|
Incidents and accidents
- February 7, 2008, A Caribair flight crashed close to La Romana, when its engines stopped. There were no fatalities, but the pilot had some injuries. The aircraft was a Britten Norman Islander BN-2A, registered as HI-653CA, and had departed on a flight to Punta Cana International Airport via La Romana International Airport at 6 pm.
- JetBlue and DR1.com/forums (March 8, 2004). "JetBlue operations in STI". DR1.com. Retrieved 2008-04-26.
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- Migssant/ACD (March 15, 2008). "Parte Oeste Aeropuerto Cibao - Expancion de la Terminal 1". Aviación Civil Dominicana ACD. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
- IDAC (March 1, 2008). "Ramps Map STI" (PDF). AIP Dominicana (IDAC). Retrieved 2008-04-26.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2017-08-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Franklin Cordero (February 17, 2008). "Caribair Britten N Islander Crash in La Romana". El Caribe. Archived from the original on March 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
- Cibao International Airport website (in Spanish)
- Airport information for MDST at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- Live Tracker MDST
- Video of Cibao Intl Aircraft movements
- Picture of CO Boeing 777 in STI Note: link this picture to others of the same airport
- Aeropuerto Cibao - Departamento Aeroportuario
- Airport Data for STI
- Dominican Republic Search Engine
- Fly Dominican Republic/Dominican Republic Pilots Guide
- Weather Information at NOAA