A Guide to Santo Domingo International Airport (MDSD)

Las Americas Int´l


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Las Américas International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas , or AILA ) (IATA: SDQ , ICAO: MDSD ) is an international airport located in Punta Caucedo, near Santo Domingo and Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic. The airport is run by Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (AERODOM), a private corporation based in the Dominican Republic under a 25-year concession to build, operate, and transfer (BOT) six of the country's airports. Las Américas usually receives a wide variety of long-, mid- and short-haul aircraft. The airport is the second-busiest in the country, after Punta Cana International Airport, and one of the largest in the Caribbean, handling 3.5 million passengers in 2015 through its air terminal. And is also the busiest cargo hub in the Caribbean and Central America with 355,000,000 lbs of cargo transported in 2019


The terminals, Destinations, and Airlines

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Terminal A (South):

Las Américas has five gates on the main satellite concourse (A), A2 through A6. Other gate facilities are for the flights departing from parking in the taxiway. back in the 1960s and 70s the airport used to be much smaller, The original building was half the size of today’s newest structure but with a still modern look.

Airlines, Destination, and Aircraft
Airlines Destinations Aircraft
Air Europa Madrid B789
JetBlue New York A321 / A320
JetBlue Orlando A320 / A321
JetBlue San Juan E195
American Airlines Miami A321 / B738
Laser Caracas MD82
United Newark B738 / B739
Iberia Madrid A332
Air France Paris B773
Tui Fly Belgium Brussels 788

Terminal B (North):
Concourse B has four gates (B1 through B4) and a remote stand (P8). Terminal B now features a co-branded Copa Club operated jointly by United Airlines and Copa Airlines, and a Private Lounge exclusive to members and business people R1 to R10 (Just for GA)

Airlines,Destinations, and Aircraft
Airlines Destinations Aircraft
Copa Airlines Tocumen B738
JetBlue New York A320 / 321
Wingo Bogota B738
AeroMexico Mexico City E190
JetBlue Boston A320 / A321
Air Caraibes Pointe-à-Pitre ATR72
American Airlines Philadelphia A321
American Airlines Charlotte A321
Air Antilles Sr. Maarten ATR72

Cargo OPS
This airport can handle any type of plane, here we got the AN225 in 2010 with humanity kits due to the Haiti Earthquake, and last year we got the A380 directly from China with supplies due to the Covid-19

Airlines, Destinations, and Aircraft
Airlines Destinations Aircraft
Amerijet International San Juan, Miami, Port-au-Prince B767
Avianca Cargo Bogota, [Medellin A332
UPS Airlines Miami, Louisville 767
FedEx Miami, Memphis 767
Northern Air Cargo Miami 767

Runways

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Las Américas Airport’s runway direction is north-south (designated 17–35). This runway is the largest in the country, and one of the largest in the Caribbean. With a length of 3,355 m,(11,000ft) it is able to support a Boeing 747. The runway of SDQ was last renovated in June 2008.

SIDs (DEPARTURES)

The departures procedures are pretty simple in Las Americas Int´l, under this part you´ll see the detailed information about turns, etc.
Charts

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Departing Runway 17
North, Northeast, and Northwest

LERED 2J

LERED TWO JULIETT
Climb on track 172° to REXOL; LT on track 081° to SD449; LT via SD450 on track 355° to SD451; LT on track 346° via SD461 to LERED.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb
BETIR 2J

BETIR TWO JULIETT
Climb on track 172° to REXOL; LT via SD449 on track 081° to SD452; LT on track 052° to BETIR.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb
MALVN 2J

MALVN TWO JULIETT
Climb on track 172° to REXOL; RT on track 263° to SD457; RT on track 307° to SD460; RT on track 345° to SGO; LT on track 334° to MALVN.

After Take-Off
Climb to 7000
RETAK 2J

RETAK TWO JULIETT
Climb on track 172° to REXOL; RT on track 263° to SD457; RT on track 307° to SD460; RT on track 330° to RETAK.

After Take-Off
Climb to 7000

Runway 17
Departing south, southeast, and southwest

KARUM 2J

KARUM TWO JULIETT
Climb on track 172° to REXOL; RT on track 183° to SD454; RT on track 186° to KARUM.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb
POKAK 2J

POKAK TWO JULIETT
Climb on track 172° to REXOL; LT via KARIB on track 167° POKAK.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb
MELLA 2J

MELLA TWO JULIETT
Climb on track 172° to REXOL; LT on track 116° to SD453; LT on track 105° to MELLA.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb
PALAS 2J

PALAS TWO JULIETT
Climb on track 172° to REXOL; RT via SD455 on track 233° to SD456; RT on track 240° to PALAS.

After Take-Off
Climb to 8000
BEROX 2J

BEROX TWO JULIETT
Climb on track 172° to REXOL; RT on track 183° to SD454; RT on track 203° to BEROX.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb

Departing Runway 35
North, Northeast, and Northwest

LERED 2L

LERED TWO LIMA
Climb on track 352° via KNAPS and SD412 to LERED.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb
MALVN 2L

Climb on track 352° to KNAPS; LT direct to SD411; RT direct to SGO; RT on track 335° to MALVN.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb
BETIR 2L

BETIR TWO LIMA
Climb on track 352° to KNAPS; RT via SD401 on track 066° to BETIR.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb
ETBOD 2L

ETBOD TWO LIMA
Climb on track 352° to KNAPS; LT via SD410 on track 279° to ETBOD.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb

Runway 35
South, Southeast, and Southwest

BEROX 2L

BEROX TWO LIMA
Climb on track 352° to COSCO; RT direct to SD405; on track 198° to SD407; RT on track 202° to BEROX.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb
POKAK 2L

POKAK TWO LIMA
Climb on track 352° to COSCO; RT direct to SD404; on track 170° to POKAK.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb
KARUM 2L

KARUM TWO LIMA
Climb on track 352° to COSCO; RT direct to SD405; on track 178° to SD406; RT on track 188° to KARUM.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb
MELLA 2L

MELLA TWO LIMA
Climb on track 352° to COSCO; RT direct to SD402; via SD403 on track 114° to MELLA.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb
PALAS 2L

PALAS TWO LIMA
Climb on track 352° to COSCO; RT direct to SD408; via SD409 on track 238° to PALAS.

After Take-Off
Continuous Climb

Charts

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STARs (ARRIVALS)

Arrivals procedures into SDQ are pretty simples and easy.
Charts

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Arriving Runway 17
North, Northeast, and Northwest

KERSO 2G
Waypoints Altitude Speed
KERSO At or below 16,000ft 250kts
SD350 At or above 4,000ft 230kts
SD150 3,000ft 210kts
BIBOK 2G
Waypoints Altitude Speed
BIBOK at or below 16,000ft 250kts
SD351 at or below 6,000ft 220kts
SD150 3,000ft 210kts
KODIX 2G
Waypoints Altitude Speed
KODIX At or below FL200 250kts
SD349 At or above 4,000ft 230kts
SD150 3,000 210kts

Arriving Runway 17
South, Southeast, and Southwest

KARIB 2G
Waypoints Altitude Speed
KARIB At or below FL160 250kts
SD352 At or below 4,000 220kts
VILSA 3,000ft 220kts
SD351 3,000ft 220kts
SD150 3,000ft 210kts
GOSUL 2G
Waypoints Altitude Speed
GOSUL 5,000ft 250kts
PIVARr 3,000ft 220kts
VILSA 3,000ft 220kts
SD351 3,000ft 220kts
SD150 3,000 210kts
DELPO 2G
Waypoints Altitude Speed
DELPO At or above 9,000ft 250kts
SD355 At or above 9,000ft 230kts
SD354 At or above 8,000ft 220kts
SD353 At or above 3,000ft 210kts
SD150 3,000ft 210kts
GABRA 2G
Waypoints Altitude Speed
GABRA At or above 8,000ft 250kts
LECKY At or above 8,000ft 230kts
SD354 At or above 8,000ft 220kts
SD353 At or above 3,000ft 210kts
SD150 At 3,000ft 210kts

While arriving runway 17. DME/DME is not authorized.

Arriving Runway 35

Charts

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North, Northeast, and Northwest

KOBET 3H
Waypoints Altitude Speed
KOBET At or below FL230 250kts
SD301 At or below 9,000ft 230kts
SD302 At or below 8,000ft 230kts
SD908 At or below 8,000ft 230kts
SD907 At or below 8,000ft 220kts
SD160 3,000ft 210kts
KODIX 3H
Waypoints Altitude Speed
KODIX At or below FL200 250kts
SD312 At or below FL130 250kts
SD905 At or below 8,000ft 230kts
SD160 3,000 210kts
GABOK 3H
Waypoints Altitude Speed
GABOK At or above FL160 250kts
SD902 At or above 8,000 230kts
SD160 3,000 210kts
OKOSO 3H
Waypoints Altitude Speed
OKOSO At or above 9,000ft 250kts
SD905 At or below 8,000ft 220kts
SD160 3,000 210kts

Arriving Runway 35
South, Southeast, and Southwest

AVRES 3H
Waypoints Altitude Speed
AVRES At or below FL160 250kts
SD905 At or below 8,000ft 230kts
SD160 3,000ft 210kts
DELPO 3H
Waypoints Altitude Speed
DELPO At or below FL170 250kts
SD903 At or below 8,000ft 230kts
SD160 3,000ft 210kts
KARIB 3H
Waypoints Altitude Speed
KARIB At or below FL160 250kts
SD905 At or below 8,000ft 230kts
SD160 3,000ft 210kts
GABRA 3H
Waypoints Altitude Speed
GABRA At or below FL170 250kts
SD904 At or below 8,000ft 230kts
SD160 3,000ft 210kts

REMARKS

-Your final speed might change depending on your Weight and Plane

  • Intercept the localizer At or below 3500ft
    ATC will advise when to proceed direct to the IWP.
    Avoid flying over MDSI, or Restricted zones

Hope you all like it, this is my first time doing this

Sources: https://www.flightradar24.com/ , https://es.flightaware.com/ , https://aip.idac.gob.do/Map/MdsdProc, https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeropuerto_Internacional_Las_Am%C3%A9ricas and my own information
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Nicely written Thread!!

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Excellent publication, is very informative. You should do the same for Punta Cana International.

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Very nice! I’ve flown into SDQ before IRL and I have this bookmarked for when I fly in/out in IF.

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Thank you for your tutorial!!!

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@SWA1997, Thanks :D
@Gilberto_Felix, Thank you and maybe I should do it!
@RTG113, Thank You. I hope you enjoyed SDQ and the city too!!
@Fung_Sum-sum, Thanks to YOU, for appreciate this tutorial!