Astor Piazzolla International Airport

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Astor Piazzolla International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Mar del Plata "Ástor Piazzolla"
Airport type Public / Military
Owner/Operator Aeropuertos Argentina 2000[1]
Serves Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Location AU 2, Km 398,5 (B7612)
Elevation AMSL 71 ft / 22 m
Coordinates 37°56′03″S 57°34′24″W / 37.93417°S 57.57333°W / -37.93417; -57.57333Coordinates: 37°56′03″S 57°34′24″W / 37.93417°S 57.57333°W / -37.93417; -57.57333
MDQ is located in Buenos Aires Province
Location of airport in Buenos Aires Province
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 2,200 7,218 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Total passengers 202.963[2]
Sources: ORSNA[3] and DAFIF[4][5]

Ástor Piazzolla International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Mar del Plata "Ástor Piazzolla") (IATA: MDQICAO: SAZM) is located 7 km (4.3 mi) north of the center of Mar del Plata, a city in the Buenos Aires Province of Argentina. The airport covers an area of 436 hectares (1077 acres) and is operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A.[3]

Also known as Mar del Plata Airport, it provides domestic flights by Austral Líneas Aéreas, and Líneas Aéreas del Estado (LADE). Aerolíneas Argentinas used to fly to this airport, their services are now performed by Austral Airlines.

The existing terminal building was constructed in 1978 for the FIFA World Cup. In 1994, due to the Pan American Games, the terminal was expanded. On 20 October 1998, Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 took over the airport.

The airport was named after Brigadier General Bartolomé de la Colina until 20 August 2008, when the airport's name[6] was changed as a tribute to the renowned composer and musician Ástor Piazzolla, who was born in Mar del Plata.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Seasonal: Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
Aerolíneas Argentinas
operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas
Bahía Blanca,[7] Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza,[7] Cómodoro Rivadavia,[7] Río Gallegos,[7] Trelew,[7] Ushuaia[7]
Seasonal: Córdoba,[8] Mendoza,[8] Rosario, Tucumán[8]
Andes Líneas Aéreas Seasonal: Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
Avianca Argentina Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
LADE Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, San Carlos de Bariloche, Neuquén


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 188,174 Decrease 5.13% 6,320 Decrease 2.86% 501 Decrease 1.57%
2006 159,682 Decrease 15.14% 5,456 Decrease 13.67% 327 Decrease 34.73%
2007 110,565 Decrease 30.76% 5,267 Decrease 3.46% 133 Decrease 59.33%
2008 90,328 Decrease 18.30% 5,955 Increase 13.06% 101 Decrease 24.06%
2009 110,855 Increase 22.72% 6,037 Increase 1.38% 95 Decrease 5.94%
2010 122,939 Increase 10.90% 6,238 Increase 3.33% 274 Increase188.42%
Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Statistics
(Years 2005-2010)


  1. ^ (in Spanish) Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 Archived 7 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine., official web site.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b (in Spanish) Aeropuerto Internacional de Mar del Plata "Brigadier Bartolomé de la Colina" Archived 27 November 2012 at at Organismo Regulador del Sistema Nacional de Aeropuertos (ORSNA)
  4. ^ Airport information for SAZM at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  5. ^ Airport information for MDQ at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  6. ^ (in Spanish) El aeropuerto de Mar del Plata fue rebautizado como "Ástor Piazzolla" Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine., Article in Argentinian newspaper "La Prensa", retrieved 25 September 2008.
  7. ^ a b c d e f AR Adds Corridor Atlantic
  8. ^ a b c

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