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Carriel Sur International Airport

Carriel Sur International Airport (IATA: CCP, ICAO: SCIE) is located in Talcahuano, Greater Concepción in the Bío Bío Region, 8 km (5 mi) from Concepción downtown. It is one of the largest airports in Chile and serves domestic traffic for LATAM Airlines, JetSmart and Sky Airline. It also serves as a primary alternate airport for Arturo Merino Benitez Airport, usually receiving international traffic from Santiago when that airport closes due to weather.

Carriel Sur International Airport
Aeropuerto Carriel Sur
Aeropuerto Carriel Sur.png
Airport type Public
Operator Sociedad Concesionaria Aeropuerto Carriel Sur S.A.
Serves Concepción, Chile
Location Talcahuano
Elevation AMSL 26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 36°46′21″S
SCIE is located in Chile

Location of Carriel Sur International Airport in Chile
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,595 8,514 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers 1.664.824 + 15,0%


Although plans to build an airport near Concepción date back to 1954, construction began only in 1960, shortly after the 22 May earthquake, as it became imperative to build a modern airport to link Chile’s south-central region with the rest of the country. The airport was opened to the public on 3 January 1968.

No airline accidents have been recorded in relation with the airport, although bird ingestions during takeoff have occurred, causing rejected takeoffs or emergency returns from departing aircraft. No casualties derived from such bird ingestions have been recorded.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
JetSmart Antofagasta, Arica (begins 16 December 2019), Balmaceda (begins 17 December 2019), Calama, Iquique, Lima (begins 19 December 2019), Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas (begins 16 December 2019), Santiago de Chile
LATAM Chile Antofagasta, Punta Arenas, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima (begins 2 May 2020)
Sky Airline Antofagasta, Calama, Santiago de Chile

Terminal building

In 2000, the original terminal building was decommissioned and turned over to the aviation authority for administrative use. A new terminal, operated by AEROSUR S.A., was opened north of the latter allowing the installation of 4 jetways, Customs and Immigration service, a VIP lounge, and a duty-free store. The old ramp was retained, increasing the number of parking spaces from 5 to 10 (the original 5 plus 4 jetways and one remote parking adjacent to jetway #4)


The airport is located 8 km (5 mi) from Concepción downtown.


The airport is well served by the Interportuaria Talcahuano – Penco expressway (Airport Exit).


Bus transportation is available through Biobus, a public transport bus line, operated by FESUR. This service provides transportation connecting Biotren Concepción Station to Carriel Sur airport (with stops in Concepción Downtown, Paicaví av., and Jorge Alessandri av. service road), and vice versa (with stops in Mall Plaza Trébol, Marina del Sol Casino, Paicaví av., and Concepción Downtown). Their frequency is every 15 minutes during weekdays (from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and 30 minutes during weekends (8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.). The price of the ticket is $530 CLP (US$0.8) and can be paid with cash or with the Biotren Card.

Navaids, ATC services

Despite being the second most important airport in Chile,[further explanation needed] Carriel Sur does not have radar service for approach/departure control. This service is provided using non-radar protocols, in coordination with Santiago’s Area Control Center. Carriel Sur’s control tower provides ground, tower, and approach services on a 24-hour basis and is staffed by three air traffic controllers at all times.

The airport has several navigational aids:

  • Category IIIb ILS, Runway 02. (Ident: I-CEP)
  • High-Altitude Doppler VOR-DME, for non-precision approaches to both runways. (Ident: CAR)
  • Non-directional beacon/Localizer Outer Marker, located 5.0 nautical miles (9.3 km) south of the Runway 02 threshold.
  • Marker beacon/Localizer middle marker, located 0.6 nautical miles (1.1 km) south of the Runway 02 threshold.

Carriel Sur International Airport

La presidenta Michelle Bachelet llegando al aeropuerto en 2009.

La presidenta Michelle Bachelet llegando al aeropuerto en 2009.

Un avión Airbus A320neo de SKY Airline en una manga del aeropuerto.

Un avión Airbus A320neo de SKY Airline en una manga del aeropuerto.

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General Info
Country Chile
Time UTC-4(-3DT)
Latitude -36.772650
36° 46' 21.54" S
Longitude -73.063106
073° 03' 47.18" W
Elevation 26 feet
8 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 007° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Near City Concepcion
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS

GND 121.9

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
02/20 7540 x 148 feet
2298 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME CAR CONCEPCION 090X 114.3 1.1 NM 197.2
NDB CE CONCEPCION - 254 5.6 NM 018.2

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

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

CAUTION Bird haz. Trees 98 ft in hgt lctd 460 ft W of edge of Rwy.
CSTMS/AG/IMG 48 hrs PPR, Sat-Sun and Hol assessed fee.
FUEL Avbl 0830-2000Z++; OT O/R with 2 hr PN. (NC-100LL, A1). 100LL avbl for acft up to 12,500 lbs only. Caution advs on apn when refueling with AVGAS 100, loose grav and uneven terrain, unmarked.
LGT PAPI Rwy 20 GS 2.8 .
RSTD Triangular asp sfc lctd N of int of twy B and A unsvc to all types of acft.

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