Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
City of Santiago
Cibao Airport Corporation
Cibao International, also known as Santiago Airport, is located in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. Built in 2002, owned the City of Santiago and operated by Cibao Airport Corporation, it is the third busiest airport in the country.
Cibao International is a hub for Aerolineas Mas, with domestic flights to Punta Cana International airport, as well as international operations to Port-au-Prince and Haiti, making it arguably the most important national carrier.
The airport handled more than 928,000 passengers in 2011 and recorded an average of 25 daily flights in 2012.
Cibao International infrastructure
The airport has international, domestic and cargo terminals. The main international terminal witnesses the maximum number of flights and is equipped with advanced technology to make the process of check-in, boarding and baggage climb easier. It has six gates, three of which provide boarding docks, and is positioned in between the domestic and cargo terminals.
The domestic terminal is meant for general aviation and handles domestic as well as private charter flights. It is located beside the international terminal and has three stands.
The cargo terminal of the airport has four stands, which handle regular cargo carrier flights from Santiago to US and various other flights. The terminal currently serves just two international cargo carrier flights.
Cibao International runways
The runway is 2,620m long, equipped with an instrument landing system (ILS) and is suitable for larger aircraft such as Boeing 747 for long-haul flights.
Punta Cana International Airport (IATA: PUJ) is in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. It is the first private commercial airport in the world. The airport serves the Punta Cana and Bavaro regions and is one of the main gateways to the Dominican Republic. It is owned and operated by Grupo Puntacana.
Master plan and expansion of Santiago Airport
The master plan for the construction of the airport was proposed in 1969 and commenced on 15 February 2000. Completion followed in 2002, with the assistance of RS Wallace & Associates. Cibao International was inaugurated on 18 March 2002.
In 2005, the operator of the airport expanded the customs hall and reconstructed the east and west side of the terminal, and a second floor was added to the terminal, which consists of shops and restaurants. The operator also expanded the main international terminal with new facilities, such as check-in area, food court and baggage claim carousel and duty-free zone.
The owners of the airport also planned for the expansion of the runway and a new taxiway beside it; this was confirmed in 2006. The runway is set to be expanded by an additional 400m as part of the plan. There is no planned date for the commencement and completion of the plan, however.
Cibao International Airport contracts
Zortek systems, a system integrator and technological solution provider installed three passenger boarding bridges, common user system (CUTE) and a local check-up system at the airline counters. The contract, valued at $885,000, was executed between 2005 and 2006.
Santiago Airport air traffic control
The air traffic control (ATC) system of the airport will be upgraded by Harris Corporation. The international communication and IT Company will supply Liberty-STAR Voice Communication and Control System (VCCS), which feature modular architecture, open-platform software and commercial-off-the-shelf hardware that will provide a satisfactory communication solution for the ATC towers, airline and area control dispatch.
Under the contract, the company will install the systems and provide operation and maintenance training to the technical staff at the ATC tower.
The upgraded ATC tower will be facilitated with touch-screen operations, radio and telephone interfaces and a system maintenance, administration and reconfiguration terminal (SMART) position, while a digital recorder and weather system will also be installed.
The company will supply its voice communication and control system (VCCS) for the air traffic operations. The control tower communication solution will include more systems and equipment, such as crash alarm and red telephone (CART) and low visibility procedure (LVP) intercom to fulfil the operating needs of the ATC tower.
Equipment that can also be incorporated for future requirements includes digital voice recorder, Liberty-MET weather system, aviation band radios, ATIS recorder, VHF antennas, master clock, light gun and GPS.