Comandante Armando Tola International Airport

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Comandante Armando Tola International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional de El Calafate – Comandante Armando Tola
El Calafate airport control tower.jpg
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorGovernment and London Supply
ServesEl Calafate, Santa Cruz
LocationCamino al Aeropuerto, km 23. (Z9405) El Calafate
Elevation AMSL669 ft / 204 m
Coordinates50°16′48.90″S 72°03′11.50″W / 50.2802500°S 72.0531944°W / -50.2802500; -72.0531944Coordinates: 50°16′48.90″S 72°03′11.50″W / 50.2802500°S 72.0531944°W / -50.2802500; -72.0531944
FTE is located in Argentina
Location of airport in Argentina
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,649 8,688 Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Passenger change 15–16Decrease3.3%
Aircraft movements6,464
Movements change 15–16Decrease7.17%
Source: DAFIF, 2010 World Airport Traffic Report.[1]

Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de El Calafate – Comandante Armando Tola) (IATA: FTE, ICAO: SAWC) is an airport in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is located approximately 21 km (13 mi) east of the city of El Calafate. The airport is jointly operated by the government and London Supply. Currently, the airport is served by Aerolíneas Argentinas, LAN Argentina, and LADE. It is the westernmost Argentinian airport served by scheduled flights.

The airport was inaugurated in November 2000, replacing the old Lago Argentino Airport (ING/SAWL). It is now the main entrance to Los Glaciares National Park. The airport's design was created by Carlos Ott, a famous architect from Uruguay. In 2010, the airport was used by over 500,000 passengers.

It was the departure and landing station for the second stage of Perlan Project [2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The airport is a common stopover for flights to Ushuaia

Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Buenos Aires-Ezezia
Seasonal: Córdoba, Rosario, San Carlos de Bariloche, Ushuaia
Aerovias DAP Seasonal Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales (all begin November 30, 2017)[3]
LADE Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Comodoro Rivadavia, Gobernador Gregores, Mar del Plata, Puerto Madryn, Río Gallegos, Río Grande, San Carlos de Bariloche, Ushuaia
LATAM Argentina Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Ushuaia


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 383,641 Increase12.01% 4,304 Decrease 4.97% 157 Increase15.44%
2006 407,874 Increase 6.32% 4,387 Increase 1.93% 150 Decrease 4.46%
2007 433,589 Increase 6.30% 5,255 Increase19.79% 112 Decrease25.33%
2008 494,722 Increase14.10% 6,355 Increase20.93% 120 Increase 7.14%
2009 481,690 Decrease 2.63% 6,482 Increase 2.00% 132 Increase10.00%
2010 507,482 Increase 5.35% 6,589 Increase 1.65% N.A. N.A.
Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Statistics
(Years 2005-2010)


External links[edit]

  • [1], Organismo Regulador del Sistema Nacional de Aeropuertos