Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport
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|Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo
|Operator||Government and Aeropuertos Argentina 2000|
|Serves||San Miguel de Tucumán|
|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 an international airport located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from the city of San Miguel de Tucumán. It 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.
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 as Tucumán is the second most important Airport in Argentina in order of Tons of Cargo (after Buenos Aires-Ezeiza). Most cargo flights are scheduled between September and November, taking fresh fruit to Europe and United States. A Freight Terminal was constructed in 2013.
In 1988, it handled 710,000 passengers. In 1998, 568,000. And in 2008, just 287,000 passengers. Traffic is anyway growing: 193,000 passengers in 2007; 287,000 in 2008; 365,000 in 2009; 411,000 in 2010; 404,000 in 2011; 445.000 in 2012; 500.906 in 2013; and 523.191 in 2014
On 9 April 2013, the runway heading changed from 01/19 to 02/20 due to magnetic variation. Due to runway reconstruction and prolongation to 3500m, the airport will be closed between June and September 2017.
Airlines and destinations
|Aerolíneas Argentinas||Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
Seasonal: Mar del Plata 
|Austral Líneas Aéreas||Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Córdoba|
|LATAM Argentina||Buenos Aires-Aeroparque|
|LATAM Chile||Santiago de Chile (Begins 2 october 2017)|
|LATAM Perú||Lima (Begins 3 september 2017)|
|Atlas Air||Miami, FL|
|Centurion Air Cargo||Austin, TX|
|LAN Cargo||Lima, Los Angeles, Miami|
|Passengers||Change from previous year||Aircraft operations||Change from previous year||Cargo
|Change from previous year|
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.
- Airport photos at AeropuertosArg.com.ar
- Current weather for SANT at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for TUC at Aviation Safety Network
- Airport Information, private blog with news and Live ATC Service