Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport
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|Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Tucumán
|IATA: TUC – ICAO: SANT
|Operator||Government and Aeropuertos Argentina 2000|
|Serves||Tucumán Province, Argentina|
|Location||Ruta A016 Km9. (T4117) CEVIL POZO|
|Elevation AMSL||1,495 ft / 456 m|
Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport (IATA: TUC, ICAO: SANT) is the international airport that serves Tucumán Province in the north of Argentina. It was built in 1981, and its terminal was inaugurated on 12 October 1986. The airport provides four departure gates, two arrival gates, immigration and passenger services, plus a large cargo terminal, the second biggest in the country.
This airport replaced the old one, located on the Ninth of July Park, because of its bad location (600 metres (1,969 ft) from the Plaza Independencia). The old airport had just one short runway 17/35 of (1600m/5000 ft) and it was closed in 1987. Now the Bus Main Station uses parts of the appron of the airport, while the Music School from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán uses its passenger terminal.
The Departing Sector was rebuilt in 2005. It can handle big aircraft such as the Airbus 310, Boeing 747, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777 McDonnell Douglas DC-10, McDonnell Douglas MD-11 and the Antonov An-124.
It has 135,000 m² of runways, 21,250 m² of taxiways, a 6,985 m² terminal, two hangars of 1,840 m², and parking places for 278 cars. It has a small cargo terminal of 50 m². Cargo flights are important. Tucumán is the second most important Airport in Argentina in order of Tons of Cargo (after Buenos Aires-Ezeiza). Most of cargo flights are scheduled between September and November, taking fresh fruits to Germany and United States.
In 1988, it handled 710,000 passengers. In 1998, 568,000. And in 2008, just 287,000 passengers. Traffic is anyway improving: 193,000 passengers in 2007; 287,000 in 2008 and 365,000 in 2009.
On 9 April 2013, the runway heading changed from 01/19 to 02/20 due to magnetic variation.
Airlines and destinations
|Aerolíneas Argentinas||Buenos Aires-Aeroparque|
|Austral Líneas Aéreas||Buenos Aires-Aeroparque|
|LAN Argentina||Buenos Aires-Aeroparque|
|Atlas Air||Miami, FL|
|Centurion Air Cargo||Austin, TX|
|LAN Cargo||Lima, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL|
|Lufthansa Cargo||Dakar, Frankfurt, London-STN, Sao Paulo-VCP|
Tucumán International Airport has direct public transport links to San Miguel de Tucumán served by Bus nº 121 to the Bus Terminal Station, through AV. Avellaneda. Route A016 (continuation from Av. Sarmiento) provides access to the City Center. Taxis and rental cars are available as well, as is the case in most airports.