Carrasco International Airport

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Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso
Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco.jpg
The airport in September 2013
Airport type Public
Operator Puerta Del Sur
Serves Montevideo
Location Ciudad de la Costa, Canelones, Uruguay
Elevation AMSL 32 m / 105 ft
Coordinates 34°50′18″S 056°01′51″W / 34.83833°S 56.03083°W / -34.83833; -56.03083Coordinates: 34°50′18″S 056°01′51″W / 34.83833°S 56.03083°W / -34.83833; -56.03083
MVD is located in Montevideo
Location in the city of Montevideo
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 2,250 7,382 Asphalt
06/24 3,200 10,500 Asphalt
10/28 (Closed) 1,700 5,577 Asphalt
Statistics (2011, 2010 (cargo))
Passengers 1,913,734
Metric tonnes of cargo 27,395
Sources: Airport Website [1]

Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport (IATA: MVDICAO: 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.


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[edit]

Check-in hall


Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Amaszonas Asunción, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru
American Airlines Miami
Avianca Peru Lima
Copa Airlines Panama City
Gol Airlines Porto Alegre, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão
Iberia Madrid
LAN Airlines Santiago de Chile
LAN Perú Lima (begins 3 January 2016)[2]
TAM Airlines Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos


Airlines Destinations
Centurion Air Cargo Miami[3]
Florida West International Airways Miami
LAN Cargo Miami, Santiago de Chile
Martinair Amsterdam, Buenos Aires


Traffic 2012 2011 2010 2008 2007 2006
Passengers 1,913,734 1,654,270 1,236,415 1,168,199 1,102,299
Cargo (tons) 27,395 24,700 24,633 24,712
Traffic 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
Passengers 1,061,337 996,106 834,515 835,203 948,745 1,012,219
Cargo (tons) 26,149 25,445 23,097 20,237 25,929 20,644

Ground transportation[edit]

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.[4] 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.

Other facilities[edit]

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.[5]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[6]


  1. ^ Airport Official Website
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  4. ^ "Airport/Transport". Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "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."
  6. ^ "Accident description PP-AQE". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Accident description LV-JYR". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Crash: Air Class SW4 near Flores Island on Jun 6th 2012, aircraft missing". Aviation Retrieved 23 June 2012. 

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.