As all Bolivian Airports were nationalized in early 2013, there is no official Airport site available.
VVI Airport is located within the province Warnes - accessible from motorway 7 (Santa Cruz-Montero) - and is near the City of Santa Cruz de la Sierra - Bolivia's most prosperous and populous city. (Airport Contact: tel. 171 - 3385000.)
With a long runway, and 2.4 million passengers in 2015, Viru Viru International Airport is hub to Boliviana de Aviacion and is served by a number of international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. American Airlines serves Viru Viru from Miami Airport.
NOTE: US citizens will need a tourist visa - see http://bolivia.usembassy.gov/information-on-bolivian-visas.html
Viru Viru International Airport has one passenger terminal. For tourist, hotel & transportation information go to the booth located in the Main Hall. The banks and ATMs accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Electron, Maestro & Cirrus. A foreign exchange service is available on level 2 of International Arrivals; duty-free shops and luggage storage are located in the connecting passage between the Main Hall and Domestic Arrivals.
There are a number of places to eat and shop (duty-free is cheaper than anywhere else), as well as rental car facilities.
VIP Lounge Santa Cruz de la Sierra, open 24/7, is in the pre-boarding internatinal area, near door 6.
For transfer passengers needing to take a nap Viru Viru Aurport offers Nap Rooms (reservations: www.sleepbox.bo/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1824).
Parking options for long- and short-term parking are available in covered and non-covered parking facilities.
Present & future Airport developments: The operating Consortium SABSA (Abertis & Aena) was nationalized in early 2013. While the present Government's airport site for Viru Viru could not be found - a reputable source disclosed that in October 2015 a request for China's financing of a US$500M project has been issued, which is to turn the Airport into a regional passenger & cargo hub. A master plan was drawn up, upon completion of which a consruction plan will be set up to include a new runway, 3 passenger terminals, cargo facilities, and related projects.
April 2016 update: Papers were signed and the Airport's modernization & expansion project (undertaken by Beijing Urban Construction Group) is to become a regional hub for passenger & cargo flights - tentatively to be completed by 2019. In August 2016, funding for improvement works were being negociated.
Current Bolivian airlines include privately-owned Aerocon ([email protected]); and State-owned 'BoA Boliviana de Aviacion'. (All other airlines serving Viru Viru Airport are listed separately.