Carrasco International Airport
|Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso
|Architectural model, 2008|
|IATA: MVD – ICAO: SUMU|
|Operator||Puerta Del Sur|
|Location||Ciudad de la Costa, Canelones, Uruguay|
|Elevation AMSL||32 m / 105 ft|
|Statistics (2011, 2010 (cargo))|
|Metric tonnes of cargo||27,395|
|Sources: Airport Website |
Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport (IATA: MVD, ICAO: SUMU), commonly known simply by Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco in reference to the neighborhood where it is located, is the main airport serving Montevideo, Uruguay, located in the adjoining department of Canelones. It is the largest airport in Uruguay.
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (August 2012)|
The original passenger terminal, presently the cargo terminal, was inaugurated in 1947.
In 2003 the Uruguayan government transferred the administration, operation and maintenance of the airport to the private investment group Puerta del Sur S.A, which since then invested in several upgrades of the airport.
On February 3, 2007, construction began on a new and modern terminal that is located parallel to Runway 06/24. The new terminal, designed by Uruguayan born architect Rafael Viñoly, has the capacity to handle 3 million passengers a year, including a much larger parking area built for over 1200 vehicles. This new terminal building has four jetways, separate floors for arrivals and departures and a large viewing area on the top floor. The terminal has room for expansion for two additional jetways and a maximum capacity of 6 million passengers per year before the building would need actual enlargement. The new terminal was inaugurated on October 5, 2009 with official operations beginning on December 29, 2009. A new US$15 million dollar cargo terminal was also constructed.
Runway 06/24 has been strengthened and lengthened to 3200 meters, which allows airlines to operate non-stop flights to the U.S.A. and Europe. Runway 01/19 was lengthened to 2250 meters and the former Runway 10/28 (rarely ever used) is permanently closed because the new terminal cuts across it.
Airlines and destinations 
Scheduled cargo 
|Florida West International Airways||Miami|
|LANCO||Miami, Santiago de Chile|
There are three bus companies and several private taxi and remise services connecting the airport with Montevideo as well as with Punta del Este. The trip time to Montevideo by car is approximately 20 minutes, while by bus it is 1 hour and 15 minutes. The value of the trip depends on the destination point and is arranged in the airport or booked online.
Other facilities 
The Oficina de Investigación y Prevención de Accidentes e Incidentes de Aviación (OIPAIA) of the National Civil Aviation and Aviation Infrastructure Direction (DINACIA) has its head office on the airport property.
Accidents and incidents 
- 3 December 1945: an USAAF Douglas C-47B-5-DK registration 43-48602 flying from Asunción to Montevideo crashed 16 km SE of Carlos Pellegrini, Argentina. All 14 occupants died.
- 18 September 1957: a Real Transportes Aéreos Convair 440-62 registration PP-AQE belonging to Transportes Aéreos Nacional, flying from Porto Alegre to Montevideo had an accident during touch down operations in Montevideo. While on a night landing procedure under fog, the aircraft undershoot the runway by 1,030m, causing the left and middle gear to hit an earth bank bordering a highway. The right wing touched the ground and further on the aircraft lost both propellers. The right wing then broke off. One crew member died.
- 20 July 1972: a cargo Aerotransportes Entre Rios Canadair CC-106 Yukon registration LV-JYR flying from Montevideo to Santiago de Chile went missing during the flight. The crew of 5 perished.
- 20 June 1977: a TAMU Embraer EMB110C Bandeirante registration CX-BJE/T584 flying from Montevideo to Salto crashed after striking trees in an orange grove during approach to Salto. The crew of 2 and 3 of the 13 passengers died.
- 10 February 1978: a TAMU Douglas C-47A 75-DL registration CX-BJH/T511 flying from Artigas to Montevideo crashed shortly after take-off from Artigas on a domestic scheduled passenger flight. All 44 people on board were killed, making this the second-worst involving a DC-3 and the worst aviation accident in Uruguay at the time.
- 6 June 2012: an Air Class Líneas Aéreas Fairchild SA227AC Metro III, registered CX-LAS, performing a freight flight on behalf of DHL from Montevideo to Buenos Aires disappeared south of Isla de Flores. Parts of the aircraft were located by a scuba diver approximately 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) south of Isla de Flores on 20 July 2012.
- 1 January 1970: a Cruzeiro do Sul Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI R en route from Montevideo to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, with 33 occupants aboard, was hijacked by 6 persons who demanded to be flown to Cuba. The flight was diverted to Lima, Panama City-Tocumen and arrived in Havana two days later. There were no casualties.
The airport is located 19 km (12 mi) from downtown Montevideo.
- Airport Official Website
- "Air Europa confirmó tres vuelos semanales entre Madrid y Montevideo desde junio" (in Spanish). El Observador. 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- "Airport/Transport". Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- "OIPAIA." (Archive) National Civil Aviation and Aviation Infrastructure Direction. Retrieved on April 17, 2012. "Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco Av. Wilson Ferreira Aldunate (ex Cno. Carrasco) 5519."
- "Accident description 43-48602". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "Accident description PP-AQE". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- "Accident description LV-JYR". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
- "Accident description CX-BJE/T584". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
- "Accident description CX-BJH/T511". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "Crash: Air Class SW4 near Flores Island on Jun 6th 2012, aircraft missing". Aviation Herald.com. Retrieved 23 Jun 2012.
- "Incident description 1 January 1970". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
- Airport information for SUMU at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for SUMU at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Current weather for SUMU at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for MVD at Aviation Safety Network
- Carrasco International Airport Photo Archive at airliners.net
- Tour Virtual 360 Aeropuerto de Carrasco.
- Taxi service from the airport
- INE map of Colonia Nicolich, Paso Carrasco, Carrasco International Airport, and parts of the municipality of Ciudad de la Costa