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Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport
Pudahuel Airport
Santiago International Airport
IATA: SCL – ICAO: SCEL
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator SCL Aeropuerto de Santiago
Location Pudahuel, Chile
Elevation AMSL 1,555 ft / 474 m
Coordinates 33°23′34″S 70°47′08″W / 33.39278°S 70.78556°W / -33.39278; -70.78556
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17R/35L 12,467 3,800 Asphalt
17L/35R 12,298 3,748 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Passenger Numbers 9,024,611
Passenger Statistics from Aeropuerto de Santiago

Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA: SCL, ICAO: SCEL), also known as Pudahuel Airport and Santiago International Airport, located in Pudahuel, west of Santiago, is Chile's largest aviation facility. It served 9,024,611 passengers in 2009.

History

The airport was built between 1961 and 1967 and was originally called Aeropuerto Internacional Pudahuel; it replaced Los Cerrillos Airport.

The name of the airport was subsequently rechristened in honor of the founder of the Chilean Air Force: Arturo Merino Benítez during the 1970s.

The facility was expanded in 1994 with a new international terminal. This expansion added jetways, a duty-free zone, hotel, and greater parking.

The airport was damaged during the 2010 Chile Earthquake. The airport authority had closed off all flight operations for the 24 hours after around 1200 UTC on February 27.

Runway debacle

In 2002 a new terminal opened; 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 repairs were insufficient. The runways were declared useless due to their poor surface and resistance defects. 28-year-old Runway 17L/35R in contrast only required repairing once, in 2005. Additionally the runway's approach system was deficient and lacked the ILS Category III approach system used for low visibility; that is used by the older runway. The runway was rebuilt beginning in February 2007 and reopened for traffic in March.

2010 earthquake

The airport's international terminal suffered damage after the February 27, 2010 earthquake, but the runways were unharmed. Full operation resumed on March 3, 2010.

Accidents and Incidents

No airline disasters have occurred at the site. However in 1972 a chartered flight by an Uruguayan rugby team crashed into the Chilean Andes while en route to SCL. Furthermore on October 2, 1996, flight 603, an AeroPerú Boeing 757 crashed into the Pacific Ocean before its arrival from Lima, Perú's Jorge Chávez International Airport, killing all on board.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

There is an international terminal (I), with 10 gates (numbered 10-20; no gate 13) and a smaller domestic terminal (D) with 7 gates (numbered 21-27). VIP services are offered in both terminals of the airport. The operators are: LAN Airlines with the Neruda Lounge and the Mistral Lounge, American Airlines (Admirals Club), and the SkyTeam alliance; in addition to the unaffiliated lounges.

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aerolínea Principal Antofagasta, Arica, Iquique, Calama, Copiapó, Córdoba D, I
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque [ends October 19; resumes December 6], Buenos Aires-Ezeiza [begins October 20; ends December 5] 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
Gol Airlines Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos I
Iberia Madrid I
LAN Airlines Antofagasta, Arica, Auckland, Balmaceda, Bogotá, Buenos Aires-Aeroparque [ends October 19; resumes December 6], Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Calama, Cancún, Caracas, Concepción, Copiapó, Córdoba, Frankfurt, Guayaquil, Hanga Roa, Havana, Iquique, La Paz, La Serena, Lima, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mendoza, Mexico City, Miami, Montevideo, New York-JFK, Osorno, Papeete, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Punta Cana, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Sydney, Temuco, Toronto-Pearson, Valdivia D, I
LAN Argentina Buenos Aires-Aeroparque [ends October 19; resumes December 6], Buenos Aires-Ezeiza [begins October 20; ends December 5] I
LAN Ecuador Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Guayaquil, Quito I
LAN Perú Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Lima I
PLUNA Asunción, Montevideo, Punta Arenas I
Sky Airline Antofagasta, Arequipa, Arica, Balmaceda, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Calama, Concepción, Copiapó, El Salvador, Iquique, La Paz, La Serena, Puerto Natales, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Temuco D, I
TACA Perú Lima I
TAM Airlines Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos I
TAM Airlines Paraguay Asunción I

SCL's Domestic Terminal
SCL's Domestic Terminal

Cargo Terminal

  • Cargolux
  • Centurion Air Cargo
  • Cielos Airlines
  • Florida West International Airways
  • LAN Cargo
  • Martinair Cargo
  • MasAir
  • Tampa Cargo


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General Info
Country Chile
ICAO ID SCEL
Time UTC-4(-3DT)
Latitude -33.392975
33° 23' 34.71" S
Longitude -70.785803
070° 47' 08.89" W
Elevation 1555 feet
474 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 003° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Near City Santiago
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
SANTIAGO TWR 118.1
SANTIAGO RDO
24 hrs 121.5,4669,5583,6649
121.5
127.0
127.5
4669
5583
(127.0 1200-2359Z++ Mar-Oct)(127.5 1100-2300Z++ Oct-Mar)
GND
24 hrs
122.2
121.95
SANTIAGO CNTR
24 hrs
129.7
123.8
121.1
122.4
CLNC DEL 121.7
ATIS
24 hrs
132.1
SANTIAGO APP
24 hrs
128.1
121.1
128.3
NORTH(LAT 33 23'S)
Communications Remarks  
RDO GRD FREQ CHG TO 122.2 NOTAM (B0117/03)


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
17R/35L 12467 x 148 feet
3800 x 45 meters
ASPHALT 100FDWT YES
17L/35R 12298 x 180 feet
3748 x 55 meters
ASPHALT 063FBWT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME PDH PUDAHUEL 119X 117.2 1.5 NM 027.4
NDB UE LO CASTRO - 220 5.3 NM 173.5


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.


Remarks
CAUTION Bird haz. Twy K possibly avbl prk area after prior coord with SCL consortium andunder opr responsibility. Ant aprx 500' fr thld Rwy 35R, elev 1568'. Pwr lines 1582' elev lctd 1312' fr thld Rwy 35R. Caution advised due to aprx 5.9' difference in level lctd on W shoulder of Twy PAPA. Towing should adhere to the existing marking and make use of the signalman.
CSTMS/AG/IMG CSTMS and IMG H24
FUEL A1 (REPSOL, C00-562-655-7000)
RSTD Opr hr unsked cargo acft 0300-1000Z++. OT req auth 72 hr before opr. Acft largerthan B737s opr hardstands 9 to 16 B should be towed to twy cntrline on prk areabefore beginning to taxi under own pwr; acft prk S of Twy Echo should be towedto Twy Alpha for startup. Twy Papa, Twy Hotel and Twy Kilo may be avbl for prk flw auth fr DGAC Apn Supervisor. Rgt tfc pat Rwy 17L. Left tfc pat Rwy 35R. 180 turn on rwys not auth. Ctc GND.



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