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Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport

Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport

Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport (IATA: VQS, ICAO: TJVQ, FAA LID: VQS) is a public airport on the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico. Because a large amount of Vieques's yearly revenue comes from the tourism industry, this airport plays an important part in the Vieques economy. For decades, the airport has been the hub of Vieques Air Link, and also a destination for a number of small airlines.

It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[4]

Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerPuerto Rico Ports Authority
ServesIsla De Vieques, Puerto Rico
Hub forVieques Air Link
Elevation AMSL49 ft / 15 m
Coordinates18°08′05″N 65°29′38″W [20]
VQS is located in Puerto Rico
Location of airport in Puerto Rico
Source: FAA[1] GCM[2] Google Maps[3]


When anti-military demonstrators started flocking into Vieques in 1999, Vieques Airport saw a considerable increase to its normal yearly average of passengers. In addition, many celebrities who travelled from all over Puerto Rico and the rest of Latin America to join the protesters arrived at Vieques through this airport. When Carla Tricoli, a Vieques native, won the 2002 Miss Puerto Rico contest, her first flight as a beauty queen landed at Vieques Airport.

The airport does not accept jet aircraft, but several international flights operate from it. Most of the commercial aviation operations are domestic flights such as to Ceiba, to Isla Grande Airport in San Juan, and to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Carolina, a suburb of San Juan. Air ambulance flights to San Juan are also available.

Early in 2005, plans were announced to expand the airport's runway, so that the airport could accept flights by smaller jets. This would be done in preparation for American Eagle to start operations to the airport. The airline was expected to start flights to Vieques from San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in early 2010, but the airline decided not to begin service.


Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport covers an area of 124 acres (50 ha) at an elevation of 49 feet (15 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 9/27 with an asphalt surface measuring 4,300 by 75 feet (1,311 by 23 m).[1]

The Roosevelt Roads TACAN (Ident: NRR) is located 10.4 nautical miles (12.0 mi; 19.3 km) northwest of the airport. The St Thomas VOR-DME (Ident: STT) is located 29.9 nautical miles (34.4 mi; 55.4 km) east-northeast of the airport. The San Juan VORTAC (Ident: SJU) is located 33.9 nautical miles (39.0 mi; 62.8 km) west-northwest of the airport.[5][6][7]

Airlines and destinations

The airport's main building as seen from a departing airplane

The airport's main building as seen from a departing airplane

Scheduled passenger service is provided by the following airlines:[8]

Air FlamencoCeiba, San Juan–Isla Grande
Air SunshineSan Juan–LMM, St. Thomas, Tortola, Virgin Gorda
Cape AirSan Juan–LMM, St. Croix
M&N AviationSan Juan–Isla Grande
Vieques Air LinkCeiba, Culebra, San Juan–Isla Grande, San Juan–LMM


Top domestic destinations (November 2014 – October 2015)[[CITE|9|http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=VQS]]
1Ceiba, PRJosé Aponte de la Torre Airport (JRV)29,000
2San Juan, PRLuis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)21,000
3San Juan, PRFernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (SIG)14,000
4Christiansted, VIHenry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX)4,000
5Culebra, PRBenjamín Rivera Noriega Airport (CPX)2,000

Accidents and incidents

  • A Beechcraft A100 King Air which belonged to Padosa Productions-a musical label to which boy band Menudo belonged-crashed with 11 people on board, 2 crew members and nine passengers, on Wednesday, August 17, 1983. The plane was on a flight from Alexander Hamilton International Airport in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Isla Verde International Airport in San Juan, with a stop-over at Vieques, when it confronted lifting problems on take-off from Vieques to San Juan, hitting citrus trees before it was able to stop. While there were no injuries reported, the airplane suffered substantial damage. It is unknown whether band director Edgardo Diaz or any of the band's members at the time (Johnny Lozada, Ricky Melendez, Charlie Masso, Ray Reyes and Roy Rossello) were in the plane when it crashed.[10]

  • Vieques Air Link Flight 901A – On August 2, 1984, a BN-2 Islander of Vieques Air Link crashed after take-off, killing all nine passengers and crew.

See also

  • Transport in Puerto Rico

  • List of airports in Puerto Rico


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