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Ministro Pistarini Airport

Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini
Airport type Public
Owner Argentine Government (Ministry of Planning and Public Services)
Operator Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
Serves Buenos Aires
Location Ezeiza, Argentina
Hub for Aerolíneas Argentinas & LAN Argentina & Aero VIP (Argentina)
Elevation AMSL 21 m / 67 ft
Coordinates 34°49′20″S 058°32′09″W / 34.82222°S 58.53583°W / -34.82222; -58.53583 (Ministro Pistarini International Airport)Coordinates: 34°49′20″S 058°32′09″W / 34.82222°S 58.53583°W / -34.82222; -58.53583 (Ministro Pistarini International Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,300 10,828 Asphalt
17/35 3,105 10,187 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Total Passengers 8,533,372
Sources: AIP, ORSNA, WorldAeroData, Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 statistics for 2013

Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini) (IATA: EZE, ICAO:SAEZ), known as Ezeiza International Airport owing to its location in the Ezeiza Partido in Greater Buenos Aires, is an international airport 22 kilometres (14 mi) south-southwest of Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. It is the country’s largest international airport by number of passengers handled—85% of international traffic—and is a hubfor international flights of Aerolíneas Argentinas and LAN Argentina. Covering 3,475 hectares (13.42 sq mi; 8,590 acres), the airport serves Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area. It has been operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A. since 1998.

Ministro Pistarini Airport was voted «2007 best airport in the region» following a survey carried out by Skytrax. It dropped to third place in 2010, behind Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport and Jorge Chávez International Airport.

Ministro Pistarini International Airport

Ministro Pistarini International Airport - Aerial view
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The airport is about 22 km from Buenos Aires city. Road access is by the Riccheri Highway . There is no direct rail link between the airport and the city; while there is a railway station in the nearby town of Ezeiza , with local buses connecting the town to the airport, this is not a usual route. Travel between the airport and anywhere in the Buenos Aires region can be undertaken by city taxi, or limousine ( remise in Spanish), and there are airport shuttle buses operating a non-stop service between the airport and certain locations in central Buenos Aires. Public transport buses to various destinations are also available.


The airport is named after general and politician Juan Pistarini (1882–1956), but is more commonly known as Ezeiza International Airport because of its location in the city of Ezeiza in Greater Buenos Aires. It is the country's largest international airport and a hub for the international routes of Aerolíneas Argentinas. The first civilian flight from what is now London Heathrow Airport flew to Ministro Pistarini International Airport in 1946.

This airport was built between 1945 and 1949; at the time, it was the largest one in Latin America and the only one with three runways, forming an A. That means: three crossed runways (05/23, 11/29 and 17/35), forming three 60° angles. In 1997, RWY 05/23 was closed and now it is used for large aircraft (such as the Airbus A340 or Boeing 747) for parking while cleaning and refueling.

The Ezeiza massacre took place in the airport in 1973.


From December 2012 citizens from countries requiring an entry visa for Argentine nationals – including Australia, Canada, and the United States and others – are charged a "reciprocity fee" on arrival to the airport, equivalent to the price the countries charge Argentine citizens for a visa. Until December 2012 the tax was collected, in Argentine pesos or US dollars;, at the airport; from that month, the tax must be paid in advance online from the country of origin.

In October 2012 Ezeiza Airport recorded the highest annual traffic growth of all the airports operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000. For this month, the airport handled 767,824 passengers, a 10.9% increase compared to the previous October; the volume of international and domestic traffic for October 2012 increased 8.7% and 108.3%, respectively, year-on-year. Overall, 2012 traffic figures for the airport indicated a 7.3% increase over the previous year. Figures for July 2013 showed that the airport handled 688,397 passengers, an 8.9% decrease over the previous year.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Terminal C was inaugurated in July 2011; as of December 2011, its facilities were in use by Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air France, and Alitalia for their operations. More SkyTeam members were expected to move their operations to the terminal. In March 2013 terminal B, with an area of 28,795 square metres (309,950 sq ft), was inaugurated, for use by Aerolíneas Argentinas and KLM.

Ministro Pistarini International Airport

Ministro Pistarini International Airport - Main concourse at Terminal A
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Ministro Pistarini International Airport

Ministro Pistarini International Airport - Terminal B
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Ministro Pistarini International Airport

Ministro Pistarini International Airport
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Ministro Pistarini International Airport

Ministro Pistarini International Airport
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Qantas withdrew its service to the airport in favour of Santiago de Chile in March 2012; flights to Ezeiza Airport had begun in November 2008. This followed Malaysia Airlines ' termination of its Boeing 747 -served Kuala Lumpur – Cape Town – Buenos Aires route in early 2012 to cut costs. South African Airways discontinued its Johannesburg – Buenos Aires – Johannesburg service in March 2014.

In June 2010, Qatar Airways launched direct flights between the airport and Doha. After a ten-year gap, KLM resumed operations at the airport in October 2011. Emirates launched services to the airport in January 2012, and Turkish Airlines extended its Istanbul – São Paulo service to end at Ezeiza in December the same year. Air New Zealand plans to start non-stop flights between the airport and Auckland in December 2015.

Ministro Pistarini International Airport

Ministro Pistarini International Airport - A British Airways Boeing 777-200ER
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Ministro Pistarini International Airport

Ministro Pistarini International Airport - An Alitalia Boeing 777-200ER in 2006
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Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aerolíneas Argentinas Auckland, Barcelona, Bogotá, Caracas, Córdoba, Lima, Madrid, Mendoza, Mexico City [resumes 11 December], Miami, Rome-Fiumicino, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Sydney
Seasonal: Santiago de Compostela
Aeroméxico Mexico City A
AeroSur Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru A
Air Canada Santiago de Chile, Toronto-Pearson A
Air Europa Madrid A
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle A
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino A
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Montevideo, New York-JFK A
Avianca Bogotá A
Boliviana de Aviación Cochabamba, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru A
British Airways London-Heathrow, São Paulo-Guarulhos [ends 27 March] A
Continental Airlines Houston-Intercontinental A
Conviasa Caracas A
Copa Airlines Panama City A
Cubana de Aviación Havana, Varadero A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta A
Gol Airlines Asunción, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Florianópolis, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo-Guarulhos A
Iberia Madrid A
LAN Airlines Santiago de Chile A
LAN Argentina Lima, Miami, Punta Cana A
LAN Ecuador Guayaquil, Quito, Santiago de Chile A
LAN Perú Lima, Santiago de Chile A
Lufthansa Frankfurt A
Malaysia Airlines Cape Town, Kuala Lumpur A
PLUNA Montevideo, Punta del Este A
Qantas Sydney A
Qatar Airways Doha, São Paulo-Guarulhos A
Sky Airline Santiago de Chile A
South African Airways Johannesburg A
TACA Perú Lima A
TAM Airlines Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Guarulhos A
TAM Airlines Paraguay Asunción, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru A
United Airlines Washington-Dulles A


Traffic 2009 2008 2007 2006
Passengers 7924759 8012794 7487779 6867596
Cargo (tons) 205506 204909 187415


Traffic 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
Passengers 6365989 5567544 4891038 4087553 5190283 6196975
Cargo (tons) 177358 174890 141042 117190 160698 198291

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General Info
Country Argentina
Time UTC-3
Latitude -34.822222
34° 49' 20.00" S
Longitude -58.535833
058° 32' 09.00" W
Elevation 67 feet
20 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 007° W (05/06)
Beacon Yes
Near City Buenos Aires
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

ATIS 127.8

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
11/29 10827 x 197 feet
3300 x 60 meters
17/35 10187 x 148 feet
3105 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME EZE EZEIZA 112X 116.5 At Field -

Fuel JP-4, Wide cut turbine fuel MIL Spec T-5624

Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)

CAUTION Bird haz.
FUEL A1 (Repsol YPF Argentina 54-11-5071-3738)
MISC Fst 2860' of Rwy 29 grooved conc. Fst 960' of Rwy 17 and 1325' of Rwy 35 conc.
RSTD Rwy 17-35 only, 180 turns allowed at thld, 229' width.

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