Ministro Pistarini International Airport

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Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini
Aeropuerto Ministro Pistarini, Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, Argentina.jpg
Aerial view of the airport
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Main concourse at Terminal A
IATA: EZEICAO: SAEZ
WMO: 87576
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Argentine Government (Minister of Federal Planning and Public Utilities)
Operator Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
Serves Buenos Aires
Location Ezeiza, Argentina
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 21 m / 67 ft
Coordinates 34°49′20″S 58°32′09″W / 34.82222°S 58.53583°W / -34.82222; -58.53583Coordinates: 34°49′20″S 58°32′09″W / 34.82222°S 58.53583°W / -34.82222; -58.53583
Website www.aa2000.com.ar
Map
EZE is located in Greater Buenos Aires
EZE
EZE
Location in greater Buenos Aires
Runways
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,[1] ORSNA,[2] WorldAeroData,[3] Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 statistics for 2013[4]

Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini) (IATA: EZEICAO: 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,[1] the capital city of Argentina. It is the country's largest international airport by number of passengers handled—85% of international traffic[2]—and is a hub for international flights of Aerolíneas Argentinas and LAN Argentina. Covering 3,475 hectares (13.42 sq mi; 8,590 acres),[2] the airport serves Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area. It has been operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A. since 1998.[1][5][6]

Ministro Pistarini Airport was voted "2007 best airport in the region" following a survey carried out by Skytrax.[7] It shifted to third place in 2010, behind Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport and Jorge Chávez International Airport.[8]

History[edit]

The airport was named after the general and politician Juan Pistarini (1882–1956).[citation needed] He, as Minister of Public Works, placed the cornerstone of the project on 22 December 1945.[9] It was designed and erected by Argentine technicians,[10] and was built between 1945 and 1949.[citation needed] Its construction was one of the major projects in the five-year plan of the first presidency of Juan Perón.[10] When it opened, it was the third-largest airport in the world.[11]

The first civil flight from the then new London Heathrow Airport, a BSAA Avro Lancastrian, flew to Ministro Pistarini International Airport in 1946.[citation needed] A 1949 diagram[12] shows three runways crossing at 60-degree angles: 9,353 ft runway 10/28, 7,220 ft 4/22 and 6,892 ft 16/34. In 1997, RWY 05/23 was closed and it is now used for parking large aircraft (such as the Airbus A340 or Boeing 747).

The Ezeiza massacre took place near the airport in 1973.[13][14]

Accessibility[edit]

The Riccheri Highway connects the airport with downtown Buenos Aires. There are no rail links between the airport and the city. The closest rail station is Ezeiza, the railway line passing through it having Constitución station as terminus. Ezeiza station can be reached by bus number 518. Other bus lines entering the terminal are the 8, 51, and 394. The first of them offers a semi-rapid service between the airport and downtown Buenos Aires that partly runs through the Riccheri Motorway, whilst the other two link the airport with several cities located within the southern Buenos Aires metropolitan area. Although the service offered by these buses is cheap, passengers with large luggage are often not carried as the buses lack luggage capacity. Another way of accessing the terminal is by taxi or by a number of charter buses.

Operations[edit]

Effective December 2009 (2009-12), citizens from countries requiring Argentine nationals a visa to enter its territory —including Australia, Canada, and the United States, among others— are levied a "reciprocity fee" on arrival to the airport, which is equivalent to the price Argentine citizens have to pay in order to get a visa from such countries.[15][16] Until December 2012 (2012-12),[15] the tax was collected at the airport and was payable in Argentine pesos or US$s;[16] starting that month, the tax must be paid in advance at the country of origin, and exclusively online.[15]

In October 2012 (2012-10), Ezeiza Airport recorded the highest traffic growth, year-on-year, among all the airports operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000.[17] For this month, the airport handled 767,824 passengers, a 10.9% increase compared to October 2011 (2011-10); the number of international and domestic traffic for October 2012 (2012-10) increased 8.7% and 108.3%, respectively, year-on-year.[18] Overall, 2012 traffic figures for the airport indicate a 7.3% increase, year-on-year.[19] Figures for July 2013 (2013-07) show that the airport handled 688,397 passengers, an 8.9% decrease year-on-year.[20]

Terminals, airlines and destinations[edit]

Terminal B

New terminal C was inaugurated in July 2011 (2011-07);[21] as of December 2011, its facilities are partly used by Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air France, and Alitalia for their operations.[22][23][24] More SkyTeam members are expected to move their operations to the terminal in the future as well.[25] In March 2013 (2013-03), new terminal B was officially inaugurated; this new facility, which covers an area of 28,795 square metres (309,950 sq ft), will be used by both Aerolíneas Argentinas and KLM.[26][27]

As announced in August 2011 (2011-08),[28] Qantas withdrew its service to the airport in favour of Santiago de Chile in March 2012 (2012-03);[29] flights to Ezeiza Airport had begun four years earlier, in November 2008 (2008-11).[30] This followed Malaysia Airlines' termination of its Boeing 747-served Kuala LumpurCape Town–Buenos Aires route in early 2012, as part of cost-cutting measures.[31] South African Airways announced the discontinuance of the Johannesburg–Buenos Aires–Johannesburg service effective 29 March 2014.[32]

After a ten-year gap,[33] KLM resumed operations at the airport in October 2011 (2011-10).[34] The latest carrier that started operations in Ezeiza Airport is Turkish Airlines, extending its IstanbulSão Paulo service in December 2012 (2012-12).[35]

Passenger airlines[edit]

Airline operations at the airport

Iberia operates services to Madrid.
American Airlines links the airport with three destinations in the United States.
Varig used to have important-standing operations in the airport. Presently, the brand is owned by Gol Transportes Aéreos, and links the airport with a number of Brazilian cities.
An Alitalia Boeing 777-200ER at the airport in 2006.
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aerolíneas Argentinas Bariloche, Barcelona, Bogotá, Brasília, Cancún, Caracas, Córdoba, El Calafate, Lima, Madrid, Mendoza, Miami, New York–JFK, Porto Alegre, Puerto Iguazú, Rome–Fiumicino, Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Trelew, Ushuaia
Seasonal: Punta Cana
B, C
Aerolíneas Argentinas operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Rosario, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo–Guarulhos B, C
Aeroméxico Mexico City A
Air Canada Santiago de Chile, Toronto–Pearson A
Air Europa Madrid A
Air France Montevideo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle B, C
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino B, C
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York–JFK A, B
Avianca Bogotá A
Avianca Costa Rica Lima A
Avianca Peru Lima A
Boliviana de Aviación Cochabamba, La Paz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru A
BQB Líneas Aéreas Montevideo A
British Airways London–Heathrow A
Conviasa Caracas A
Copa Airlines Panama City A
Cubana de Aviación Havana, Varadero
Seasonal: Cayo Coco
A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta C
Emirates Dubai–International, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão A
Gol Transportes Aéreos Curitiba–Afonso Pena, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos A
Iberia Madrid A
KLM Amsterdam, Santiago de Chile B, C
LAN Airlines New York–JFK, Santiago de Chile A
LAN Argentina Lima, Miami, Punta Cana, São Paulo–Guarulhos A
LAN Ecuador Guayaquil, Quito A
LAN Perú Lima A
Lufthansa Frankfurt A
Qatar Airways Doha, São Paulo–Guarulhos A
Sky Airline Santiago de Chile A
TAM Airlines Asunción, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos A
TAM Airlines Paraguay Asunción, São Paulo–Guarulhos A
TAME Quito A
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk, São Paulo–Guarulhos A
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental A

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Class Montevideo
Aerovip Cargo Montevideo, Punta del Este
Atlas Air Santiago, Miami, Campinas, Lima
Centurion Air Cargo Miami
Cielos Airlines Lima
FedEx Express Campinas, Santiago
Florida West International Airways Bogotá, Miami
LAN Cargo Asunción, Bogotá, Campinas, Frankfurt, Miami, Santiago
Lufthansa Cargo Campinas, Dakar, Frankfurt
MasAir Mexico City
Martinair Cargo Aguadilla, Amsterdam, Bogotá, London-Stansted
UPS Airlines Miami, Campinas

Statistics[edit]

Traffic by calendar year. Official ACI Statistics
Passengers Change from previous year Aircraft operations Change from previous year Cargo
(metric tons)
Change from previous year
2005 6,365,989 Increase14.34% 62,048 Increase 6.10% 177,358 Increase 1.41%
2006 6,867,596 Increase 7.88% 63,693 Increase 2.65% 187,415 Increase 5.67%
2007 7,487,779 Increase 9.03% 70,576 Increase10.81% 204,909 Increase 9.33%
2008 8,012,794 Increase 7.01% 71,037 Increase 0.65% 205,506 Increase 0.29%
2009 7,910,048 Decrease 1.28% 67,488 Decrease 5.00% 162,806 Decrease20.78%
2010 8,786,807 Increase11.08% 65,063 Decrease 3.59% 212,890 Increase30.96%
Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Statistics
(Years 2005-2010)

Accidents and incidents[edit]

As of August 2011, Aviation Safety Network records 30 accidents/incidents for aircraft that departed from the airport or had it as a destination.[36] The list below provides a summary of only fatal events that took place at or in the vicinity of the airport.

Accidents involving fatalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "SAEZ/Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini fact sheet" (in Spanish). AIP. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Aeropuerto Internacional de Ezeiza "Ministro Pistarini"" [Ezeiza "Ministro Pistarini" International Airport] (in Spanish). Organismo Regulador del Sistema Nacional de Aeropuertos (ORSNA). Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Airport information for Ministro Pistarini Airport at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  4. ^ "Aumento del 4.4 por ciento en el tráfico de pasajeros en 2013" [4.4 per cent increase in passenger traffic for 2013] (Press release) (in Spanish). Aeropuertos Argentina 2000. 14 January 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Argentina Transfers International Airport Today". Business News Americas. 27 May 1998. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Gill, Tom (1 March 1998). "Milan moves in to manage". Flightglobal.com. Airline Business. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ezeiza chosen as best airport in the region; Santiago second". MercoPress. 6 September 2007. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lima and Santiago airports are Latin America's leaders". MercoPress. 30 December 2010. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Vuelo a vuelo, cómo se conquistó el cielo" [Flight by flight, the way the sky was conquered]. La Nación (in Spanish). 17 December 1999. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Civil aviation news". Flight: 731. 8 December 1949. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. "Peron's pride: Probably the largest and most modern air terminus in the world, the new "Ministro Pistarini" airport at Buenos Aires is one and a half time as big as London Airport. Covering an area of 19 square miles, it has three runways, one of which is 3,060 yards in length, and is capable of accommodating aircraft up to 150 tons in weight. The airport was designed and built entirely by Argentinian technicians and is one of the major projects in General Peron's five-year plan." 
  11. ^ "Civil Aviation News...". Flight: 494. 21 October 1948. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. "Work on the new airport at Ezeiza, near Buenos Aires, is nearly completed and, provisionally, it will be in operation at the end of the year. Covering 18,600 acres, it is claimed to be the third largest international airport in the world." 
  12. ^ American Aviation 1 August 1949 p15
  13. ^ Háskel, Guillermo (18 October 2006). "Argentine: Violence mars Perón coffin transfer". MercoPress. Buenos Aires Herald. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Sopeña, Germán (22 June 1998). "Hace 25 años, la masacre de Ezeiza enlutaba a la Argentina" [The Ezeiza massacre mourned Argentina 25 years ago] (in Spanish). La Nación. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. 
  15. ^ a b c "El pago online de un impuesto para extranjeros dificulta el ingreso de turistas" (in Spanish). infobae.com. 22 March 2013. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Argentina begun enforcing "reciprocity tax" in Ezeiza airport". MercoPress. 29 December 2009. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. "All foreign visitors arriving in Argentina's international airport of Ezeiza and who live in countries that charge the Argentines before they enter, will have to pay a reciprocity tax." 
  17. ^ "Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 reports 13% pax increase in Oct-2012". Centre for Aviation. 14 November 2012. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  18. ^ "El tráfico de pasajeros aumentó el 9,3 por ciento en los primeros diez meses del año" [Passenger traffic rose 9.3% in the first ten months of the year] (in Spanish). Centre for Aviation. 14 November 2012. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  19. ^ "El tráfico de pasajeros aumentó el 8,9 por ciento en 2012" [Passenger traffic increased 8.9 per cent in 2012] (Press release) (in Spanish). Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A. 21 January 2013. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Aeropuertos Argentina: El tráfico de pasajeros creció el 5,7 por ciento en julio" [Aeopuesrtos Argentina: Passenger traffic grew 5.7% in July] (in Spanish). Centre for Aviation. 19 August 2013. Archived from the original on 20 August 2013. 
  21. ^ Garffoglio, Loreley (7 July 2011). "Ezeiza estrena una nueva terminal" [Ezeiza's new terminal commences operations] (in Spanish). La Nación. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. 
  22. ^ "Ezeiza: nueva organización de operaciones de las líneas aéreas internacionales" [Ezeiza: new organisation for the operations of international airlines] (Press release) (in Spanish). Aeropuertos Argentina 2000. 28 December 2011. Archived from the original on 31 December 2011. 
  23. ^ "Aerolíneas estrenó la Terminal C" [Aerolíneas commenced operations in terminal C] (in Spanish). La Nación. 17 July 2011. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. 
  24. ^ Pagani, Josefina (15 July 2011). "Comenzó a operar ayer la nueva terminal C en Ezeiza" [Ezeiza's new terminal C started operations yesterday] (in Spanish). La Nación. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. 
  25. ^ "Aerolineas Argentinas begins flights to the new terminal at Ezeiza" (Press release). Aerolíneas Argentinas. 12 July 2011. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. "Terminal "C” also has an exclusive VIP lounge, called "Salon Condor", especially designed to meet the requirements determined by the Sky Team Alliance, of which Aerolineas Argentinas is becoming a member. The VIP salon will not only be used by Aerolineas Argentinas' passengers but also by the passengers on all airlines in the alliance." 
  26. ^ "Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 confirms opening of Buenos Aires Ezeiza terminal B". Centre for Aviation. 28 March 2013. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. 
  27. ^ "Aeropuertos Argentina: Quedó inaugurada la Terminal B de Ezeiza" [Aeropuertos Argentina: Ezeiza's terminal B was inaugurated] (in Spanish). Centre for Aviation. 28 March 2013. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. 
  28. ^ "Building a Stronger Qantas" (Press release). Qantas Airways Limited. 16 August 2011. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  29. ^ "Qantas launches Santiago flights" (Press release). Qantas Airways Limited. 26 March 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  30. ^ "Qantas commences non-stop services from Sydney to Buenos Aires" (Press release). Qantas Airways Limited. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  31. ^ "Malaysia Airlines Implements Route Rationalisation to Stem Losses and Improve Regional Network" (Press release). Malaysia Airlines. 14 September 2011. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  32. ^ "SAA to continue serving the Argentinean market through partnerships" (Press release). South African Airways. 11 November 2013. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. 
  33. ^ "KLM resumes scheduled services to Buenos Aires" (Press release). KLM. 16 February 2011. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  34. ^ "KLM Launches Service to Four New Latin-American Destinations" (Press release). KLM. 2 November 2011. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  35. ^ "Turkish Airlines adds Buenos Aires (Argentina), Sebha (Libya), Niamey (Nijer), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Yaounde (Cameroon), Douala (Cameroon), Isfahan (Iran) to its growing network..." (Press release). Turkish Airlines. 11 December 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  36. ^ Accident history for Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport at Aviation Safety Network
  37. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 3 August 2011.
  38. ^ "Airline safety review – Fatal accidents: non-passenger flights". Flight International: 36. 15 January 1997 – 21 January 1997. Archived from the original on 16 July 2013. 
  39. ^ Accident description for LV-MGV at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 28 July 2011.
  40. ^ "Engines eyed in CATA crash". Flightglobal.com. Flight International. 4 November 2003. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

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