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El Alto International Airport

El Alto International Airport is an international airport located in El Alto, near the city of La Paz, in the La Paz Department of Bolivia. It serves national and international air traffic. The facility served as a focus city for the former Lloyd Aereo Boliviano, Bolivia's national air carrier, and is a hub for Aerosur, currently the country's largest private airline.

El Alto has served as La Paz's airport since the first half of the 20th century, but was modernized in the late 1960s, when its runway was lengthened and a new passenger terminal with modern facilities was built. The new airport, called "John F. Kennedy" but still referred to as El Alto (as it has been known for several decades), was inaugurated in 1969. It has since been overtaken by Santa Cruz de la Sierra's more modern Viru Viru International Airport as Bolivia's most important.


At an elevation of above mean sea level, El Alto is one of the highest international airports in the world. It has two runways: 10/28 with a concrete surface measuring and 10L/28R with a grass surface measuring .


On March 1, 1997, the Government of Bolivia entered into a 25 year contract with Airport Group International to operate the three largest airports in Bolivia El Alto Airport in La Paz, Jorge Wilstermann Airport in Cochabamba and Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz. Servicios de Aeropuertos Bolivianos Sociedad Anonima (SABSA) was created to operate the concession. In 1999 Airport Group International was purchased by TBI plc and, in 2004, Spain's Abertis/AENA purchased TBI.


On March 8, 2006, a Learjet aircraft belonging to Argentina's military crashed just minutes after taking off from El Alto on its way to Viru Viru International Airport, killing all six people on board.

See also

Qamdo Bangda Airport, the highest commercial airport in the world, at

Extreme points of the World

List of airports in Bolivia

External links

Aeropuerto Internacional El Alto at SABSA website

Weather in La Paz - El Alto Airport

La Paz Travel Guide
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