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SCL | Arturo Merino Benitez - Santiago International Airport - Chile

Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport

Also known as:
Pudahuel Airport
Santiago International Airport


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Location of airport in Chile
Airport type Public and Military
Operator SCL Aeropuerto de Santiago
Serves Santiago
Location Pudahuel, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile.

Hub for
LAN Airlines
Sky Airline
PAL Airlines
Elevation AMSL 1,555 ft / 474 m
Coordinates 33°23′34″S 70°47′08″W
Website www.aeropuertosantiago.cl
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17R/35L 12,467 3,800 Asphalt
17L/35R 12,298 3,748 Asphalt

Statistics (2012)
Passenger Numbers 15,233,980
Passenger Statistics from Junta de Aeronautica Civil de Chile

Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez) (IATA: SCL, ICAO: SCEL), also known as Santiago International Airport and Pudahuel Airport, located in Pudahuel, 15 km (9.3 mi) north-west of downtown Santiago, is Chile's largest aviation facility and the busiest international air passenger gateway to the country.

Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport has domestic and international services to Europe, Oceania and The Americas. It served 15,233,980 passengers in 2012 (+17,3%). 8,334,841 were passengers in domestic routes and 6,899,139 passengers in international flights. In 2011 it was the the 9th busiest airport in Latin America and the 6th busiest in South America by passenger traffic. It is the 7th busiest airport in Latin America by aircraft movements, serving 124,799 operations.[1] It is also the major connecting point for air traffic between Latin America and Oceania. Its location in Chile's most populated area, as well as in the central part of the country makes of it an ideal main hub and maintenance center for most local airlines such as LAN Airlines, Sky Airline and PAL Airlines. LAN Airlines accounts for approximately 82% of the total airport commercial operations.

The Airport is owned by the Chilean State and operated since July 1998 by SCL Terminal Aéreo Santiago S.A. Sociedad Concesionaria, a consortium of companies formed by Agunsa (Chile), Grupo ACS (Spain) and Vancouver Airport Services (Canada).[3] The Air traffic control is handled by the DGAC (Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil - Chile). Its ICAO category is 4E. The airport functions as a joint civil-military facility. It is the headquarters of the Chilean Air Force 2nd Air Brigade and where its 10th Aviation Group is based.


1 History
1.1 Early years
1.2 Current passenger terminal
1.3 Second runway
1.4 Future expansion
2 Amenities
2.1 Hotels
2.2 Shopping
2.3 Restaurants
2.4 VIP lounges
3 Military Functions
4 Terminals, airlines and destinations
4.1 Top destinations
4.2 Cargo terminal
5 Ground transportation
5.1 Roads
5.2 Taxi & Shuttle Services
5.3 Bus
5.4 Rental services
6 Accidents and incidents
7 References
8 External links

Early years

The demands of the growing metropolitan area of Santiago and the need for modern, jet-era airport facilities, which could safely accommodate both domestic and intercontinental flights, drove the need to relocate the Chilean capital's principal airport from Los Cerrillos Airport (ICAO: SCTI; IATA: ULC) in the denser southwest metropolitan region of Santiago to the more rural northwest metropolitan area.

Check-in Hall (2007)

Construction of the original terminal building, the eastern runway (17L/35R), control tower, east apron and cargo facilities commenced in 1961. On February 2, 1967, the airport was commissioned Aeropuerto Internacional de Pudahuel, due to its location in the municipality of Pudahuel. On March 19, 1980, the airport was rechristened, Air Commodore Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in honour of the founder of the Chilean Air Force and Chilean carrier LAN Airlines.

Current passenger terminal

The facility was expanded in 1994 with a new international terminal that covers 90,000 square meters, inspired by the architecture of Marseille Provence Airport, France. The building is located between the two parallel runways. This expansion added a new control tower, jetways, a duty-free zone, hotel, and greater parking area. The old terminal was used for domestic flights until 2001, when all passenger operations were merged into the same building. In the following years, minor expansions have taken place, such as the inclusion of additional jetways.

The terminal building has four levels. The airport services are distributed in the following way:
Ground floor: arrivals, Duty Free Shop, baggage claim, Customs and Border Control, Transport Services, parking areas, Holiday Inn Hotel access.
First floor: Administrative offices, VIP lounges (Access through the second floor).
Second Floor: Departures, Check-in areas, Border Control Police, Duty Free Shops, Restaurants, boarding halls and gates.
Third Floor: Restaurants.
The terminal building hosts the following services: Bank office (a branch of Banco Santander), Chilean Automobile Club, Telecommunication Companies (Claro, Movistar and Entel PCS), Pharmacy, Travel Agencies, Insurance (Mapfre, AIG-Interamericana), Police Station (Carabineros de Chile).
In 2000, Lan Chile joined OneWorld, making of Arturo Merino Benitez Airport a main hub for the alliance, its first one in Latin America and its second in the Southern Hemisphere (After Qantas' Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport in Australia).
During the 2010 Chile Earthquake, the passenger terminal building suffered internal damages and the collapse of a pedestrian bridge between the vehicle ramp and the departures area. Nevertheless, both runways and control tower were unharmed, allowing the realization of a massive humanitarian air-bridge held by the Chilean Air Force to Concepción, Chile (Carriel Sur International Airport), close to the most damaged area by this earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The airport authority had closed off all commercial flight operations after around 1200 UTC on February 27, resuming full operations on March 3, 2010.
In 2011, IATA recognized the DGAC (Chile’s provider of air navigation services) and SCL (Santiago Airport) with the Exceptional Recognition Award to the cooperative efforts of SCL and DGAC Chile that facilitated a quick recovery from the devastation that followed the Chilean earthquake on 27 February 2010. "Both airport and air navigation services were restored quickly with no impact on rates or charges for passengers or airlines. DGAC Chile and SCL are widely regarded as leaders in Latin America for efficiency, quality, and customer focus.
In June 2011, Santiago International Airport received the Air Cargo Excellence Award, as the best Latin American Cargo Airport.
Santiago International Airport is the longest non-stop destination for Iberia and Air France for flights departing from their respective hubs in Madrid-Barajas Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The Sydney–Santiago non-stop flight operated by Qantas on a Boeing 747-400ER is the world's longest over-the-sea distance flown by a commercial airline.

Second runway
Construction on Runway 17R/35L began in 2004 and opened to traffic in September 2005. However, within months defects were discovered and the runway required repairing, completed in January 2006. Unfortunately further study of the problem discovered that the initial repairs were insufficient, needing additional work. Finally, 17R/35L reopened for traffic in March 2007.

Future expansion

In 2008, the airport terminal reached its maximum design capacity of 9.5 million annual passengers, 2 years earlier than forecast. This tight scenario is already showing a downgrade in the overall airport services, especially in the border control, check-in and baggage claim areas where queues are frequently seen in some early and late hours of the day.
For this reason, and with the repairs needed after the 2010 Chile Earthquake, the Ministry of Public Works announced in 2012 that it will call for proposals for the expansion and administration of the airport, 2 years prior to the end of the contract with the current operator.
The ministry decided to investigate a whole new airport master plan instead of an expansion of the single passenger terminal building, as initially proposed by the current operator. The feasibility studies for this master plan will cost 4,560 Million Chilean Pesos (USD 9.4 Million) considered in the 2011 Fiscal Budget. For this new master plan, the Government has hired the consultancy services of Aéroports de Paris Ingeniérie (ADP-I), the architecture, engineering and technical branch of the French airport corporation.[9]
The expansion will take into account a capacity growth to 14 million annual passengers by 2014, 34 Million by year 2034 and 50 Million passengers by 2045. This plan will consider new detached passenger terminal buildings for International and Domestic flights, additional commercial areas and the construction of a light railway connecting the airport with the Santiago Metro network

Holiday Inn Hotels finished in July 2007 the construction of a 5-floor building, internally connected to both terminals (International and domestic), with private parking slots and special services for passengers and guests. The hotel has 112 rooms, restaurants, bars, room-service, a conference hall for 170 people, gym, covered swimming pool, spa and wi-fi internet access.
Hotel Diego de Almagro is located 2 km outside the airport area.
The brand new Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport Hotel is located only 2.8 km from the Santiago international airport within the ENEA, one of the largest business complex in Santiago de Chile which hosts offices, big companies and entertainment. Complimentary shuttle service from the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International airport (in and out) is provided by Trans VIP. The hotel has 144 rooms, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, sauna, 7 meeting spaces including a ballroom with capacity for up to 230 people, 24-hour business center and wireless room internet access. The hotel is close to a golf course and the Arauco Maipu Mall.

The Santiago International Airport has four tax-free shops that offer a wide range of products to supply any need customers may have. They are handled by the Spanish Duty-free operator Aldeasa. One of them is located just after the police border control at departures, while another one is located before the baggage claim area.
Souvenirs, jewelry, Chilean handcrafts and wine shops, music and accessories among others, are available in more than 70 stores from well-known international and national brands.


Santiago Airport has 21 well-known restaurants, coffee shops, and bars, located in the public area and in the national and international departing lounges. International franchises include Starbucks Coffee (both terminals), Ruby Tuesday (International terminal), Boost & Juice, Caffriccio and Dunkin' Donuts.

VIP lounges

In the International terminal, the operators are: LAN Airlines with the Neruda Lounge and the Mistral Lounge, American Airlines (Admirals Club), and the SkyTeam alliance (Delta Air Lines Sky Club); in addition to the unaffiliated lounges, such as Pacific Club (Priority Pass).

Military Functions

The Airport headquarters the Chilean Air Force II Air Brigade and hosts the 10th Aviation Group facilities. The 10th Aviation Group is in charge of Strategic Air Transportation, the Airborne Early Warning & Control Squadron, medical air transport emergencies and the air transportation of the President of Chile. Some of its units are C-130 Hercules, Boeing 767-300, Boeing 737 Classic, Gulfstream IV, CASA C-212 Aviocar, F-16 Fighting Falcon, AEW&C Condor. The FIDAE, Latin America's most important Air Show takes place in the 10th Aviation Group facilities.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

SCL's Domestic Terminal
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aerolíneas Argentinas operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Mendoza I
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Mendoza I
Aeroméxico Mexico City I
Air Canada Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Toronto-Pearson I
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle I
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami I
Avianca Bogotá I
Copa Airlines Panama City I
Delta Air Lines Atlanta I
Iberia Madrid I
LAN Airlines Antofagasta, Auckland, Bogotá, Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Calama, Cancún, Caracas, Córdoba, Easter Island, Frankfurt, Guayaquil, Iquique, La Paz, Lima, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mendoza, Mexico City, Miami, Salta, Montevideo, Mount Pleasant, New York-JFK, Papeete, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Punta Cana, Quito, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Sydney
Seasonal: Orlando, Salta D, I
LAN Airlines operated by LAN Express Antofagasta, Arica, Balmaceda/Coyhaique, Calama, Castro, Concepción, Copiapó, Iquique, La Serena, Osorno, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Temuco, Valdivia D
LAN Argentina Buenos Aires-Ezeiza I
LAN Colombia Bogotá I
LAN Ecuador Guayaquil, Quito I
LAN Perú Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Lima I
PAL Airlines Antofagasta, Calama, Copiapó, Iquique D
Qantas Sydney I
Sky Airline Antofagasta, Arequipa, Arica, Balmaceda, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Calama, Concepción, Copiapó, El Salvador, Florianópolis, Iquique, La Paz, La Serena, Lima, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Temuco, Valdivia(Begins on march the 25)
Seasonal: Pucón, Puerto Natales, Valdivia, D, I
TACA Airlines operated by Lacsa Lima, San José (CR) I
TACA Perú Lima I
TAM Airlines Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos I
TAM Paraguay Asunción I
[edit]Top destinations
Busiest International Routes [2012]

Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 Buenos Aires, Argentina (Ezeiza and Aeroparque Airports) 1,182,789 Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Canada, LAN Argentina, LAN Airlines, LAN Ecuador, Sky Airline.
2 São Paulo-Guarulhos, Brazil 843,959 LAN Airlines, TAM Airlines.
3 Lima, Peru 792,686 Lacsa, LAN Airlines, LAN Perú, Sky Airline, TACA Perú.
4 Miami, FL,USA 373,025 American Airlines, LAN Airlines
5 Madrid, Spain 334,318 Iberia, LAN Airlines.
6 Mendoza, Argentina 311,622 Aerolineas Argentinas, LAN Airlines
7 Panama City, Panama 305,033 COPA Airlines.
8 Bogotá, Colombia 265,070 Avianca, LAN Airlines.
9 Montevideo, Uruguay 250,269 LAN Airlines.
10 Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Brazil 225,076 LAN Airlines, TAM.
11 Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France 210,261 Air France
12 Mexico City, Mexico 200,954 AeroMéxico, LAN Airlines.
13 Córdoba, Argentina 172,073 LAN Airlines
14 Sydney, Australia 137,140 Qantas Airways,LAN Airlines
15 Dallas, TX, USA 119,569 American Airlines
16 Atlanta, GA, USA 117,311 Delta Air Lines.
17 New York-JFK, NY, USA 116,344 LAN Airlines.
18 Guayaquil, Ecuador 99,443 LAN Ecuador, LAN Airlines.
19 Toronto-Pearson, Canada 84,386 Air Canada.
20 Auckland, New Zealand 69,970 LAN Airlines.
Busiest Domestic Routes [2012][13]
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 Antofagasta 1,252,123 Lan Airlines, PAL Airlines, Sky Airline
2 Calama 1,030,795 Lan Airlines, PAL Airlines, Sky Airline
3 Iquique 881,754 Lan Airlines, PAL Airlines, Sky Airline
4 Concepción 806,844 Lan Airlines, Sky Airline
5 Puerto Montt 695,944 Lan Airlines, Sky Airline
6 Copiapó 483,576 Lan Airlines, PAL Airlines, Sky Airline
7 La Serena 453,576 Lan Airlines, Sky Airline
8 Punta Arenas 440,229 Lan Airlines, Sky Airline
9 Temuco 408,403 Lan Airlines, Sky Airline
10 Arica 386,753 Lan Airlines, Sky Airline
11 Balmaceda 166,588 Lan Airlines, Sky Airline
12 Valdivia 150,513 Lan Airlines, Sky Airline
13 Easter Island 135,081 Lan Airlines
14 Osorno 106,471 Lan Airlines

Cargo terminal

Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Luxemburg
Centurion Air Cargo Miami, Lima
LAN Cargo Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Campinas Viracopos, Miami
Martinair Cargo Aguadilla, Amsterdam, Bogotá, Guayaquil, Miami, Quito
Emirates Cargo Dubai

Ground transportation


Costanera Norte Expressway

Arturo Merino Benitez is about 17 kilometres (11 mi) by car from Santiago's city centre. The airport is well served by the 6-lane expressway Costanera Norte (Exit # 31), which crosses through the city from West to East bordering the Mapocho river, while it is also well connected to the West, North and North-East of Santiago by the Vespucio Norte Express Ring motorway (Exit # 18).

Taxi & Shuttle Services
There are 2 official airport taxi services: Taxi Oficial and Taxi Vip, which can be contacted at their desks after the Baggage claim area. TransVip shuttle services reach most of Santiago's hotels, business and residential districts. The average cost for shuttle services is USD$15 dollars.

Buses at the Departures Level
Centropuerto buses connect the Airport with Los Héroes station of Santiago Metro. Their frequency is every 10 minutes during weekdays and 15 minutes during weekends.
[edit]Rental services
Car rental services are available from the airport, the average cost goes from USD$80 per day, the cost could increase depending on the mileage and the city where the drop off will take place.

Accidents and incidents

No airline disasters have occurred at the site. However 3 flights with final destination SCL crashed en route:
On April 28, 1969 LAN Chile Flight 160, a Boeing 727 arriving from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ministro Pistarini International Airport, crashed short of runway, 24 km North of Colina, Chile (50 km. North of Arturo Merino Benítez Airport). None of the 60 passengers and crew were injured in the accident, but the aircraft was written off.
On October 13, 1972 a Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 chartered by a Uruguayan rugby team crashed into the Chilean Andes while en route to SCL. Of the 40 passengers and 5 crew members, 16 were found alive 72 days after the accident.
On October 2, 1996, flight 603, an AeroPerú Boeing 757 flying the Miami-Lima-Santiago route crashed into the Pacific Ocean some minutes after its take off from Lima, Perú's Jorge Chávez International Airport, killing all on board. The cause of the accident was a maintenance worker's failure to remove tape covering the static ports necessary to provide correct instrument data to the cockpit while flying.
On September 2, 2011, a Chilean Air Force CASA C-212 Aviocar with 18 passengers and 3 crew members took off from Arturo Merino Benitez Airport and crashed into the sea off Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile, killing all on board. The aircraft was operating a relief flight in support of operations in the wake of the 2010 Chile earthquake and tsunami. Notable members of Televisión Nacional de Chile (National Broadcasting of Chile) such as presenter Felipe Camiroaga, journalist Roberto Bruce and philanthropist Felipe Cubillos died in the accident.
On July 4, 1973, an Aerolíneas Argentinas Boeing 737-200 registration LV-JTO, with 77 passengers on board, departed from Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was hijacked soon after its take off by a member of the ERP (Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo - In English: People's Revolutionary Army). The aircraft was forced to land at Mendoza's El Plumerillo International Airport, flying subsequently to Santiago, where 49 passengers were freed. The flight continued to Lima, Perú, where other 6 hostages were released. The aircraft finally landed in Havana, Cuba, where the hijacker asked for political asylum.
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Latest news - 02/19/2013

Public Insfrastructure Minister release today international concession of the new Santiago International Airport - SCL.

Today was presented new rendering of the new international and domestic terminals.

With a capacity of 30 millions of pax, the future airport extension will be able to satisfy the proyected demand.

This year, the terminal was overcrowded because the capacity was sub estimate. Over 15 million on a 9 million projected airport.



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