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Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco): Airport
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November 5th Official Opening Date: Rocky Point opened its first New International Airport - La Mar de Cortes.
On November 5th 2009, President Calderon inaugurated The Mar de Cortes International Airport in a ceremony in presence of Guillermo Padres Governor of the State of Sonora, investors and people from the industry gather for this important event. The Airport is well equipped and assures a great experience for those who visit or are in a transit flight.
Sponsors – State of Sonora and Mayan Resort Group (Grupo Vidanta)
Capacity – Up to Boeing 767 and Airbus equivalents
Runway – 2500 meters (8200 feet)
Airlines – Expected: Alaskan Airlines, AeroMexico
In Negotiations: Mexicana, Continental, American Airlines, America West.
As we receive more information on commercial flights (times, pricing, etc) to/from Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) out of main bordering states/Mexico, we will inform our visitors immediately. Commercial flights are expected early 2010. Private and Charter flights are able to use the new airport starting in November 09.
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Many people don't know that Puerto Penasco has its own small airport catering to light aircraft called Aerodromo Internacional Puerto Penasco. It has two runways (one asphalt, one gravel) and has been undergoing upgrades over the last few years to keep pace with Puerto Penasco's growing rate of air travel. Puerto Peñasco’s International Airport (Rocky Point Airport) is located at Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico and surrounded by a magnificent view of the “Mar de Cortes”. The airport is located as you entered Rocky Point coming from the US border.
There is also a new airport development project in process which is located on the way to Caborca, towards the Mayan Palace Resort. Once completed, this new airport will be able to cater to larger aircrafts. We are in the process of gathering more information on this upcoming airport.
Below is information on the currently operational airport in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point).
The Peñasco Airport has experienced a number of stages of growth. It is a fully equipped airport so that if you are just in transit or visiting, you will have a pleasant and smoothly-run experience.
It was founded during the 1940s when "Mexicana de Aviación" inaugurated its route Mexico City-Mexicali, with a stopover in Puerto Peñasco. The airport consisted of an office with a telegraph operator who provided information about route conditions. In 1973, the current runway was built together with a small terminal building.On August 5, 1994, it was declared an International Airport by the then president of Mexico, Carlos Salinas de Gortari. This benefited pilots landing in Puerto Peñasco, who, prior to that, had to register with customs and immigration authorities in Nogales, Sonora or in Mexicali.
On September 28, 2005, a new phase began the most significant in the development of Peñasco’s International Airport.
The airport has many amenities including but not limited to:
1. Waiting room
2. Snack Bar
3. Pilot quarters with TV, computers with internet connection and restroom
4. Area for handling check-in luggage
5. Public restrooms
6. 42 Parking lots including some for handicapped
7. Signage and information for passengers
A few additional details about the Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) Airport:
Airport code: PPE
Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF) #: MX61066
The airport is located at latitude: 31.35, Longitude -113.526 with max runway length of 4805 ft.
Wheretofly.com has a brief writeup, which includes this gem: "Upon landing do not be intimidated by the presence of uniformed marines with automatic weapons they are merely doing what the us government is requesting and paying for!" :)
There has been talk about development of an air park in Penasco for more info see: this article on penasco.com.
Read this neat article entitled "Flying to Rocky Point" that is worth reading - lots of good info in there.