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There are many airstrips and airports in Bolivia: among 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. There are several hundred airstrips as well.

The World Factbook claims that Bolivia has 1,382 landing strips, of which 1,016 have paved runways of under 915 meters. Many are rarely used.

Airports and  Airlines in Bolivia


Most Frequently Used Airports in Bolivia

SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, SANTA CRUZ
Aeropuerto Internacional Viru Viru (VVI)
Aeropuerto El Trompillo (SRZ)

COCHABAMBA, COCHABAMBA
Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Wilstermann (CBB)

NUESTRA SEñORA DE LA PAZ, LA PAZ
Aeropuerto Internacional El Alto (LPB)

ORURO, ORURO
Aeropuerto Juan Mendoza (ORU)

TARIJA, TARIJA
Aeropuerto Capitán Oriel Lea Plaza (TJA)

TRINIDAD, BENI
Aeropuerto Teniente Jorge Henrich Arauz (TDD)

RURRENABAQUE, BENI
Aeropuerto Rurrenabaque (RBQ)

POTOSI, POTOSI
Aeropuerto Capitán Nicolás Rojas (POI)

UYUNI, POTOSI
Aeropuerto Joya Andina (UYU)

SUCRE, CHUQUISACA
Aeropuerto Juana Azurduy de Padilla (SRE)

COBIJA, PANDO
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.

All the capitals 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.


Airports in Bolivia and Their Designations

RBO    Robore
RBQ    Rurrenabaque
SRJ    San Borja Guardia
SNM    San Ignacio De Moxos
SNG    San Ignacio De Velasco
SJV    San Javier
SJB    San Joaquin
SJS    San Jose
SRD    San Ramon
SBL    Santa Ana Yacuma
SRZ    Santa Cruz Trompillo
VVI    Santa Cruz Viru Viru
SRB    Santa Rosa
SRE    Sucre
TJA    Tarija
TDD    Trinidad
VLM    Villa Montes
BYC    Yacuiba
APB    Apolo
ASC    Ascension
BVL    Baures
BJO    Bermejo
CAM    Camiri Choreti
CIJ    Cobija Beltram
CBB    Cochabamba Wilsterman
CEP    Concepcion
GYA    Guayaramerin
BVK    Huacaraje
LPB    La Paz El Alto
MGD    Magdalena
ORU    Oruro
POI    Potosi
PUR    Puerto Rico
PSZ    Puerto Suarez
REY    Reyes
RIB    Riberalta General Busch


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