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Viru Viru International Airport

Airport information
 Location of airport in Bolivia
Airport typePublic
Operatorabertis airports (Abertis)
LocationSanta Cruz de la Sierra
Elevation373 m (1225 ft)
Passengers Served 2005825994
Passengers Served 2006833212

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Viru Viru International Airport is an aviation facility located in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

The idea to build a new, modern airport in Santa Cruz was conceived in 1976, in view of the obsolence of the old airport known as El Trompillo. Soon after, construction of the airport began. Upon its inauguration, Viru Viru became the most important airport in Bolivia and its main gateway of international flights, despite Santa Cruz being only the second largest metropolitan area in Bolivia. Because La Paz is located at a high altitude, it can be difficult to reach by car from other Bolivian cities, and many travelers choose to fly from Viru Viru instead. Viru Viru is now the largest international airport in Bolivia.

Viru Viru is able to handle the largest commercial jets. Most arriving flights are either domestic flights, flights from neighboring South American countries, North American flights and some European flights. Viru Viru is also a hub for Bolivia's biggest airline AeroSur, and Boliviana de Aviacion. Lloyd Aereo Boliviano used Viru Viru as a hub before ceasing operations in 2009.

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