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


FTE is located in Argentina
Location of airport in Argentina
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Government and London Supply
Serves El Calafate, Santa Cruz
Location Camino al Aeropuerto, km 23. (Z9405) El Calafate
Elevation AMSL 669 ft / 204 m
Coordinates 50°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
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,649 8,688 Concrete
Statistics (2010)
Passengers 507,482
Passenger change 09–10 Increase5.4%
Aircraft movements 6,589
Movements change 09–10 Increase1.7%
Source: DAFIF, 2010 World Airport Traffic Report.[1]

Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de El Calafate – Comandante Armando Tola) (IATA: FTEICAO: 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 only 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The airport is a common stopover for flights to Ushuaia

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Buenos Aires-Ezezia, Córdoba, Puerto Iguazú,[2] Rosario, San Carlos de Bariloche, Ushuaia
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


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)


  1. ^ Airport Council International 2010 World Airport Traffic Report
  2. ^ "Aerolineas Argentinas Connect two Argentine tourist sites". Territorio Digital. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

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