Carrasco International Airport

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Carrasco International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso
Aeropuerto Carrasco.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Puerta Del Sur
Serves Montevideo
Location Ciudad de la Costa, Canelones, Uruguay
Hub for Amaszonas 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 (2017, 2010 (cargo))
Passengers 2,102,516
Metric tonnes of cargo 27,395
Sources: Airport Website [1]

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 has been cited as one of the most efficient and traveler-friendly airports in Latin America and the world.[2]


The original passenger 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 United States 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


Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Aeroparque
Air Europa Madrid
Amaszonas Paraguay Asunción
Amaszonas Uruguay Asunción, Buenos Aires–Aeroparque, Córdoba
American Airlines Miami
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Peru Lima
Azul Brazilian Airlines Porto Alegre
Copa Airlines Panama City
Gol Airlines Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Seasonal: Salvador da Bahia
Iberia Madrid
LATAM Brasil Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
Sky Airline Santiago de Chile


Centurion Air Cargo Miami
Florida West International Airways Miami
LAN Cargo Miami, Santiago de Chile
Lufthansa Cargo Buenos Aires, Campinas, Frankfurt, Dakar–Senghor
Avianca Cargo Bogotá, Medellín


Traffic 2018 (Jan-Feb) 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Passengers 376,749 2,102,516 1,870,853 1,671,234 1,602,321 1,561,940 1,761,783 2,180,029 1,654,270 1,236,415 1,168,199 1,102,299 1,061,337 996,106
Cargo (tons) 27,395 24,700 24,633 24,712 26,149 25,445

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is located 19 km (12 mi) from downtown Montevideo. The airport is served by public transit and a private taxi service which connect to Montevideo and Punta del Este.[3] The trip time to Montevideo by car is 30-45 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.[4]

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ "Aeropuerto de Carrasco - Montevideo Uruguay". Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Airport/Transport". Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco. Archived from the original on 25 November 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "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."
  5. ^ "Accident description PP-AQE". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Crash: Air Class SW4 near Flores Island on Jun 6th 2012, aircraft missing". Aviation Retrieved 23 June 2012. 

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Carrasco International Airport at Wikimedia Commons

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website