Airports in Bolivia
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There are many airstrips and airports in Bolivia: among the highest per capita in the world. La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba are the country's three main international entry points with runways over 3,050 meters long. Bolivia is 7th on the list of countries with the most airstrips in the world because getting around overland, though affordable, can often be difficult. According to the World Factbook, Bolivia has 1,382 landing strips of all types. Below you'll find a list of the major airports in each of Bolivia's 9 states.
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Frequently Used Airports in Bolivia
SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, SANTA CRUZ
Aeropuerto Internacional Viru Viru (VVI)
Aeropuerto El Trompillo (SRZ)
Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Wilstermann (CBB)
NUESTRA SEñORA DE LA PAZ, LA PAZ
Aeropuerto Internacional El Alto (LPB)
Aeropuerto Juan Mendoza (ORU)
Aeropuerto Capitán Oriel Lea Plaza (TJA)
Aeropuerto Teniente Jorge Henrich Arauz (TDD)
Aeropuerto Rurrenabaque (RBQ)
Aeropuerto Capitán Nicolás Rojas (POI)
Aeropuerto Joya Andina (UYU)
Aeropuerto Juana Azurduy de Padilla (SRE)
Aeropuerto Capitán Aníbal Arab (CIJ)
About Heliports, Airstrips, Airport Services
Several companies offer transportation by helicopter at the main airports in Bolivia. Because transport by helicopter is expensive, these companies are generally used by passengers that must reach remote regions of the country where airstrips don’t exist. Oil and gas company personnel frequently use helicopters to reach these areas, as do military personnel. Tourists and photographers can also contract their services.
AASANA, the “Administración de Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares de la Navegación Aérea” is the government’s official airport and airstrip administrator throughout the country, although the Santa Cruz Viru Viru International Airport is run in conjunction with SABSA, an international airport management company. On their website you can find a more comprehensive list of airports and travel tips for passengers, including airport taxes you'll pay upon entry and exit, requirements for traveling with pets, prohibited items, luggage restrictions, and more.
All the capital cities of the different regions, large cities, and some towns in Bolivia, have airports that provide service for domestic flights. Flights on private airplanes can be found in most larger cities. Regularly scheduled air service is available between the major airports: La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz which are linked to Potosí, Riberalta, Puerto Suárez, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad, Cobija, Rurrenabaque, Guayaramerin and Yacuiba.
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