Carrasco International Airport
|Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso
The airport in September 2013
|IATA: MVD – ICAO: SUMU|
|Operator||Puerta Del Sur|
|Location||Ciudad de la Costa, Canelones, Uruguay|
|Hub for||Alas Uruguay|
|Elevation AMSL||32 m / 105 ft|
|Statistics (2014, 2010 (cargo))|
Sources: Airport Website 
Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport (IATA: MVD, ICAO: SUMU) is the international airport of Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay. It also is the country's largest airport and is located in the namegiving Carrasco neighborhood located in the adjoining department of Canelones. It is frequently cited as one of the most efficient and traveler-friendly airports in Latin America and the world.
The original passenger terminal, which is now the cargo terminal, was inaugurated in 1947.
In 2003 the Uruguayan government transferred the administration, operation and maintenance of the airport to the private investment group Puerta del Sur S.A, which since then invested in several upgrades of the airport.
On 3 February 2007, construction began on a new and modern terminal that is located parallel to Runway 06/24. The new terminal, designed by Uruguayan born architect Rafael Viñoly, has the capacity to handle 3 million passengers a year, including a much larger parking area built for over 1200 vehicles. This new terminal building has four jetways, separate floors for arrivals and departures and a large viewing area on the top floor. The terminal has room for expansion for two additional jetways and a maximum capacity of 6 million passengers per year before the building would need actual enlargement. The new terminal was inaugurated on 5 October 2009 with official operations beginning on 29 December 2009. A new US$15 million cargo terminal was also constructed.
Runway 06/24 has been strengthened and lengthened to 3,200 metres (10,499 ft), which allows airlines to operate non-stop flights to the U.S.A. and Europe. Runway 01/19 was lengthened to 2,250 metres (7,382 ft) and the former Runway 10/28 (rarely ever used) is permanently closed because the new terminal cuts across it.
Airlines and destinations
|Centurion Air Cargo||Miami|
|Florida West International Airways||Miami|
|LAN Cargo||Miami, Santiago de Chile|
|Martinair||Amsterdam, Buenos Aires|
The airport is located 19 km (12 mi) from downtown Montevideo. There are three bus companies and several private taxi and remise services connecting the airport with Montevideo as well as with Punta del Este. The trip time to Montevideo by car is approximately 20 minutes, while by bus it is 1 hour and 15 minutes. The cost of the trip depends on the destination point and is arranged in the airport or booked online.
The Oficina de Investigación y Prevención de Accidentes e Incidentes de Aviación (OIPAIA) of the National Civil Aviation and Aviation Infrastructure Direction (DINACIA) has its head office on the airport property.
Accidents and incidents
- 18 September 1957: a Real Transportes Aéreos Convair 440-62 registration PP-AQE belonging to Transportes Aéreos Nacional, flying from Porto Alegre to Montevideo had an accident during touch down operations in Montevideo. While on a night landing procedure under fog, the aircraft undershot the runway by 1,030m, causing the left and middle gear to hit an earth bank bordering a highway. The right wing touched the ground and further on the aircraft lost both propellers. The right wing then broke off. One crew member died.
- 20 July 1972: a cargo Aerotransportes Entre Rios Canadair CC-106 Yukon registration LV-JYR flying from Montevideo to Santiago de Chile went missing during the flight. The crew of 5 perished.
- 6 June 2012: an Air Class Líneas Aéreas Fairchild SA227AC Metro III, registered CX-LAS, performing a freight flight on behalf of DHL from Montevideo to Buenos Aires disappeared south of Isla de Flores. Parts of the aircraft were located by a scuba diver approximately 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) south of Isla de Flores on 20 July 2012.
- Airport Official Website
- "Airport/Transport". Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- "OIPAIA." (Archive) National Civil Aviation and Aviation Infrastructure Direction. Retrieved on 17 April 2012. "Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco Av. Wilson Ferreira Aldunate (ex Cno. Carrasco) 5519."
- "Accident description PP-AQE". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- "Accident description LV-JYR". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
- "Crash: Air Class SW4 near Flores Island on Jun 6th 2012, aircraft missing". Aviation Herald.com. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
Media related to Carrasco International Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Airport information for SUMU at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for SUMU at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
- Current weather for SUMU at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for MVD at Aviation Safety Network
- Carrasco International Airport Photo Archive at airliners.net
- Tour Virtual 360 Aeropuerto de Carrasco.
- INE map of Colonia Nicolich, Paso Carrasco, Carrasco International Airport, and parts of the municipality of Ciudad de la Costa
- The Best and Worst airlines flying to Montevideo April 2015