Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport facts for kids
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Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport
|Airport type||Public and Military|
|Location||Pudahuel, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile|
|Elevation AMSL||474 m / 1,555 ft|
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 Nuevo 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 airport in the country.
Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport has domestic and international services to destinations in Europe, Oceania and the Americas. In 2011 it was the ninth busiest airport in Latin America and the sixth busiest in South America by passenger traffic. It was the seventh busiest airport in Latin America by aircraft movements, serving 124,799 operations. 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 LATAM and Sky Airline. LATAM Airlines accounts for approximately 82% of the airport's total commercial operations.
The airport is owned by the Chilean government and has been operated since October 2015 by Nuevo Pudahuel, a consortium of companies formed by Aéroports de Paris (France), Vinci (France) and Astaldi (Italy). Air traffic control is handled by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (Chile).
Santiago International is the longest non-stop destination for most European carriers including Iberia, Air France, Alitalia and British Airways from their respective hubs in Madrid-Barajas Airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and London-Heathrow Airport.
The airport is also South America's main gateway to Oceania, with scheduled flights to Sydney, Auckland, Easter Island, Papeete and Melbourne. The Sydney–Santiago non-stop flight operated by Qantas on a Boeing 747-400ER covers the world's longest over-the-sea distance flown by a commercial airline. The yet to start Santiago - Melbourne non-stop flight operated by LATAM Chile will be the longest flight to ever fly out of this airport.
Here are some airlines serving Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport including:
- Aerolineas Argentinas
- Air France
- American Airlines
- Cubana De Aviacion
- Delta Airlines
- Lan Chile
- Lloyd Aereo Boliviano
- United Airlines
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