A Guide to Santiago de los Caballeros Cibao International Airport (MDST)


Santiago de los Caballeros Cibao Int´l Airport

Also known as Santiago Airport, is located in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic's second-largest city. It´s the country's third-busiest airport by passenger traffic and aircraft movements after Punta Cana International Airport (MDPC) and Las Américas International Airport (MDSD). Since its inauguration, Cibao International has been projected to become one of the 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. The airport served more than 970,000 passengers in 2006.

The airport is located 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) southeast of Santiago City’s center.





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 here and it has modern installations to make easier the check-in, boarding, and baggage claim processes.

The terminal mainly serves Dominicans residing in the United States, Cuba, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Puerto Rico, and Panama, as well as Haitians residing in the Cibao Region. Recently many tourists and missionary workers are using Cibao Int’l as a gateway to the Dominican Republic.


Airlines & Destinations

International Terminal

This terminal has six gates (B1-B6). Five of these gates provide boarding docks (B1-B2/B4-B6). It is located between the domestic terminal (It´s not longer in use) and the cargo terminal. It has all of the facilities of a modern airport ( I can tell ). Recently gates B1 and B2 received boarding docks leaving gate B3 for smaller aircraft.

JetBlue is the current largest carrier at the airport.

Airlines, Destinations, and Aircraft

Airlines Destinations Aircraft
JetBlue New York A321 / A21N
JetBlue Boston A320
United Newark B739
InterCaribbean Providenciales EM2
Delta New York B739
American Airlines Miami A321
Spirit Fort Lauderdale A321
Copa Airlines Tocumen B738 / 7
Air Century Havana and Puerto Rico CRJ200


The Cargo Terminal has all the services for Import and Export. Cargo is currently being transported to/from the United States, as well as to other countries. Every month, about 2 million pounds of products are transported.

Airlines Destinations Aircraft
Amerijet Miami, Port Au Prince, St. Maarten, San Juan, Port of Spain 767
IBC Airways Miami SAAB SF-340AF
Air Cargo Carries (Ups, FedEx, and DHL) Aguadilla, San Juan, Santo Domingo-Las Americas Cessna 208 Caravan


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The runway length is 8,595ft (2,620m), 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.

Most of the time, runway 11 is always in use for Take-Off and Landings


PROCEDURES

Departing Runway 11
North, Northeast, and Northwest

Charts

Image Source: https://aip.idac.gob.do/Datos/1AD/Charts_Proc/Procedures/MDST_Proc_AD2/Mdst_RWY-11_Standard_Instrument_Departure_SID_RNAV_GNSS.pdf

LERED 2U

Climb on track 114° to ST531; LT on track 096° to ST532; LT on track 001° via ST551 to LERED.

SEKA 1U

Climb on track 114° to ST530; right on track 159° to ST534; right on track 204° to ST535; right on track 260° to ST536; right on track 290° via ST537 to SEKAR.

KOBET 2U

Climb on track 114° to ST531; LT on track 096° via ST532 to KOBET.

MALVN 2U

Climb on track 114° to ST531; LT on track 096° to ST532; LT on track 001° to ST551; LT on track 315° to MALVN.

RETAK 2U

Climb on track 114° to ST531; LT on track 096° to ST532; LT on track 001° to ST551; LT on track 300° to RETAK.

Note: Using these SIDs you´ll have to climb to 8,000ft

Departing Runway 11
South, Southeast, and Southwest

Charts
KODIX 2U

Climb on track 114° to ST530; RT on track 134°via ST533 to KODIX.

PIXOK 2U

Climb on track 114° to ST530; RT via ST534 on track 204° to ST535; RT on track 261° to ST536; LT on track 230° to PIXOK.


Charts

Image Source: https://aip.idac.gob.do/Datos/1AD/Charts_Proc/Procedures/MDST_Proc_AD2/Mdst_RWY-29_Standard_Instrument_Departure_SID_RNAV_GNSS.pdf

Departing Runway 29
North, Northeast, and Northwest

LERED 2V

Climb on track 294° to ST548; RT on track 011° to ST549; RT on track 028° to LERED.

KOBET 2V

Climb on track 294° to ST540; LT via ST541 on track 204° to ST542; LT on track 168° to ST543; LT on track 114° to ST544; LT on track 081° via ST545 to KOBET.

MALVN 2V

Climb on track 294° to ST540; LT on track 283° to ST571; RT on track 325° to ST572; RT on track 000° via ST573 to MALVN.

RETAK 2V

Climb on track 294° to ST540; LT on track 283° to ST571; RT on track 325° to ST572; RT on track 339° to RETAK.

Departing Runway 29
South, Southeast, and Southwest

KODIX 2V

Climb on track 294° to ST540; LT via ST541 on track 204° to ST542; LT on track 168° to ST543; LT on track 114° via ST544 to KODIX.

PIXOK 2V

Climb on track 294° to ST540; LT via ST541 on track 204° to ST542; LT on track 168° to ST543; RT on track 207° to PIXOK.


Charts

Image Source: https://aip.idac.gob.do/Datos/1AD/Charts_Proc/Procedures/MDST_Proc_AD2/Mdst_RWY-11_Standard_Instrument_Arrival_STAR_RNVA_GNSS.pdf

Arriving Runway 11
North, Northeast, and Northwest

SEKAR 2P
Waypoint Altitude Speed
SEKAR At or above FL100 250kts
ST511 At or above FL800 220kts
DELTI 4,000ft 210kts
POKEG 2P
Waypoint Altitude Speed
POKEG At or below FL140 250kts
ST512 At or below FL900 220kts
DELTI 4,000ft 210kts
PETRI 2P
Waypoint Altitude Speed
PETRI At or above FL130 250kts
ST517 At or above FL110 210kts
BOKPI 9,000ft 210kts
DELTI 4,000ft 210kts
RIBES 2P
Waypoint Altitude Speed
RIBES At or above FL130 250kts
ST519 11,000ft 210kts
BOPKI 9,000ft 210kts
DELTI 4,000ft 210kts
RETAK 2P
Waypoint Altitude Speed
RETAK 9,000ft 220kts
ST513 5,000ft 210kts
DELTI 4,000 210kts
JUELE 2P
Waypoint Altitude Speed
JUELE At or above FL100 250kts
ST511 8,000ft 210kts
ST513 5,000ft 210kts
DELTI 4,000ft 210kts

Arriving Runway 11
South, Southeast, and Southwest

BEPAL 2P
Waypoint Altitude Speed
BEPAL At or above FL100 250kts
ST515 8,000ft 210kts
DELTI 4,000ft 210kts
RIBES 2P
Waypoint Altitude Speed
RIBES At or above FL130 250kts
ST519 11,000ft 210kts
BOPKI 9,000ft 210kts
DELTI 4,000ft 210kts

Charts

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Image Source https://aip.idac.gob.do/Datos/1AD/Charts_Proc/Procedures/MDST_Proc_AD2/Mdst_RWY-29_Standard_Instrument_Arrival_STAR_RNVA_GNSS.pdf

Arriving Runway 29
North, Northeast, and Northwest

SEKAR 2R
Waypoint Altitude Speed
SEKAR At or above FL110 250kts
LEPUR 8,000ft 210kts
KERDA 4,000ft 210kts
POKEG 2R
Waypoint Altitude Speed
POKEG At or above FL120 250kts
ST528 5,000ft 210kts
VIPNA 4,000ft 210kts
PETRI 2R
Waypoint Altitude Speed
PETRI At or below FL900 220kts
ST527 7,000ft 210kts
VIPNA 4,000ft 210kts
RETAK 2R
Waypoint Altitude Speed
RETAK At or below FL230 250kts
ST525 10,000ft 220kts
KERDA 4,000 210kts
JUELE 2R
Waypoint Altitude Speed
JUELE 11,000ft 220kts
LEPUR 8,000ft 210kts
KERDA 4,000ft 210kts

Arriving Runway 29
South, Southeast, and Southwest

BEPAL 2R
Waypoint Altitude Speed
BEPAL At or above FL140 250kts
ST525 10,000ft 220kts
LEPUR 8,000ft 210kts
KERDA 4,000ft 210kts

REMARKS:
These are suggested speed, YOU (the pilot) might adjust it to your aircraft type, depending on your weight.


After All

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Love this guide!!

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Amazing guide, love the gif banners! Will make sure to pop by Santiago sometime.

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GREAT, guide for the Cibao airport. Esta super, me encantaron las animaciones!!! Un abrazo hermano… sigue haciendo ese excelente trabajo!!!

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This is amazing… its actually my home airport!

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