Country Profile

Republic of Paraguay
(República del Paraguay)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
14 May 1811
Capital City:
Total Area Ranking:
60 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
105 of 242 in the World

The Country


Paraguay is surrounded by Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina in south-central South America. Eastern Paraguay, between the Paraná and Paraguay rivers, is upland country with the thickest population settled on the grassy slope that inclines toward the Paraguay River. The greater part of the Chaco region to the west is covered with marshes, lagoons, dense forests, and jungles. The country is located between 54° to 62° western geographic longitude and 19° to 27° southern geographic latitude and has an area of 406.752 square kilometres (157.047 square miles). The latitude and longitude of the capital Asunción are about 57°37′ W and 25°20′ S.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Paraguay History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Paraguay
World Travel Guide – South America – Paraguay
wikipedia: Paraguay
wikipedia: History of Paraguay
Library of Congress / Area Handbook Series / Paraguay
Infoplease – Paraguay
HispanoLink Paraguay
Governments on the WWW: Paraguay


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Paraguay.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

The registration prefix ‘ZP’ is used from 1929 to present; eg:ZP-AAA to ZP-ZZZ.

All-time Paraguay – civil aircraft register (ZP-aaa).
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Paraguay)
Naval Aviation (Aviación de la Armada Nacional Paraguaya)
Army Aviation (Aviación Ejército Paraguaya) (disbanded in 2010)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – VIP transport is provided by the Air Force.
Defence Aviation (Ministerio de Defensa Nacional)
Agricultural Aviation (Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería)
Anti-Drugs Aviation (SENAD)
Flying Schools – The Civil Aviation Regulator for Paraguay, the Dirección Nacional de Aeronautica Civil (DINAC) operates a small flying school called the Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil (INAC). DINAC does not appear to operate any aircraft of its own.

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – no medical rescue helicopter service at present
Police Aviation (Policia Nacional del Paraguay)

Commercial Aviation

Aerolineas Paraguayas (ARPA)
TAM Paraguay

wikipedia: Airlines of Paraguay
The World’s Airlines: Paraguay

Private Aviation

None at present.


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Asunción/ Silvio Pettirossi IAP (IATA code: ASU)
Ayolas / Ayolas AP (IATA code: AYO)
Boqueron / Neuland AP (ICAO code: SGNE)
Ciudad del Este / Guarani IAP (IATA code: AGT)
Concepción / Mariscal Lopez AP (IATA code: CIO)
Encarnación / Encarnación AP (IATA code: ENO)
Filadelfia / Fernheim AP (IATA code: FLM)
Mariscal Estigarruibia / Mariscal Estigarruibia AP (IATA code: ESG)
Pedro Juan Caballero / Pedro Juan Caballero AP (IATA code: PJC)
Pilar / Pilar AP (IATA code: PIL)
Airports in Paraguay

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

None at present.

Airshow Dates:
Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.31 p. 150-152

Aviation Bibliography

Armed Forces of Latin America (Adrian English)

Latin American Military Aviation (John Andrade)

Texan and Harvards in Latin America (Dan Hagedorn)

Latin American Fighters (Iñigo Guevara y Moyano)

Latin American Air Wars and Aircraft 1912-1969 (Dan Hagedorn)

Aircraft of the Chaco War 1928-1935 (Dan Hagedorn / Antonio L. Sapienza)

Air Arsenal North America (Phil Butler)

World Air Forces Directory (Ian Carroll)

Military Balance (IISS)

La Contribución Italiana en la Aviación Paraguaya (Antonio Luis Sapienza, 2007)

Web Links

World Air Forces
Important Dates in Paraguayan Aviation History

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