Ministro Pistarini International Airport
|Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini
|Aerial view of the airport|
|Main concourse at Terminal A|
|IATA: EZE – ICAO: SAEZ
– WMO: 87576
|Owner||Argentine Government (Minister of Federal Planning and Public Utilities)|
|Operator||Aeropuertos Argentina 2000|
|Elevation AMSL||21 m / 67 ft|
|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 hub for 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.
The airport was named after the general and politician Juan Pistarini (1882–1956). He, as Minister of Public Works, placed the cornerstone of the project on 22 December 1945. It was designed and erected by Argentine technicians, and was built between 1945 and 1949. Its construction was one of the major projects in the five-year plan of the first presidency of Juan Perón. When it opened, it was the third-largest airport in the world.
The first civil flight from the then new London Heathrow Airport, a BSAA Avro Lancastrian, flew to Ministro Pistarini International Airport in 1946. A 1949 diagram 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).
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The airport is about 22km 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 available and cheap, but neither they (particularly with luggage), nor hiring a car, are recommended by the Airport Buenos Aires Web site. The Airport Buenos Aires page recommends not accepting car services from people who approach arriving travellers.
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[update], 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.
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 on 29 March 2014.
|Passengers||Change from previous year||Aircraft operations||Change from previous year||Cargo
|Change from previous year|
|Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Statistics
Accidents and incidents
As of August 2011[update], Aviation Safety Network records 30 accidents/incidents for aircraft that departed from the airport or had it as a destination. The list below provides a summary of only fatal events that took place at or in the vicinity of the airport.
Accidents involving fatalities
- 23 October 1996: Fuerza Aérea Argentina Flight 5025, a Boeing 707-320C, registration LV-LGP, was operating a cargo service when it struck the ground short of the runway on final approach to Ezeiza inbound from Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, broke up, and burst into flames. Two occupants of the aircraft lost their lives.
- 26 October 2003: CATA Línea Aérea Flight 760, a Fairchild FH-227B, tail number LV-MGV, was operating a nonscheduled Ezeiza–Camba Puntá Airport freighter service when it encountered technical difficulties shortly after takeoff from Ezeiza Airport. The aircraft attempted a belly landing on a nearby golf course. The aircraft skidded some 200 m before hitting a tree and bursting into flames. All five occupants of the aircraft perished in the accident.
- "SAEZ/Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini fact sheet" (in Spanish). AIP. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "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.
- Airport information for Ministro Pistarini Airport at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- "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.
- "Argentina Transfers International Airport Today". Business News Americas. 27 May 1998. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- 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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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."
- "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."
- American Aviation 1 August 1949 p15
- Háskel, Guillermo (18 October 2006). "Argentine: Violence mars Perón coffin transfer". MercoPress. Buenos Aires Herald. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012.
- 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.
- Airport Buenos Aires Web site -Transportation from Ezeiza Airport Buenos Aires. Getting to downtown from Ezeiza Buenos Aires Airport in Argentina
- The Argentina Independent: Top 5 Ways to Ezeiza and Back, 2012
- "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.
- "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."
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- 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.
- "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.
- "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.
- 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.
- "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."
- "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.
- "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.
- "Building a Stronger Qantas" (Press release). Qantas Airways Limited. 16 August 2011. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Qantas launches Santiago flights" (Press release). Qantas Airways Limited. 26 March 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- Accident history for Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport at Aviation Safety Network
- Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 3 August 2011.
- "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.
- Accident description for LV-MGV at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 28 July 2011.
- "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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- Airport information for Aeropuerto Internacional Ezeiza/Ministro Pistarini at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF, NGA, NOAA.
- Accident history for Ministro Pistarini International Airport at Aviation Safety Network
- Current weather for SAEZ at NOAA/NWS
- Aeropuerto Buenos Aires / Ezeiza at Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 (official web site – English)