Piloto Civil Norberto Fernández International Airport

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Piloto Civil Norberto Fernández International Airport
Aeropuerto de Rio Gallegos "Piloto Civil Norberto Fernández"
Río Gallegos airport.jpg
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Government and Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
Serves Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Location Ruta N3, km 2618. (Z9400). RÍO GALLEGOS
Elevation AMSL 66 ft / 20 m
Coordinates 51°36′31″S 69°18′45″W / 51.60861°S 69.31250°W / -51.60861; -69.31250Coordinates: 51°36′31″S 69°18′45″W / 51.60861°S 69.31250°W / -51.60861; -69.31250
RGL is located in Argentina
Location of the airport in Argentina
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,550 11,639 Concrete
Statistics (2010)
Passengers 236,792
Passenger change 09–10 Decrease3.2%
Aircraft movements 3,395
Movements change 09–10 Decrease14.3%
Sources: AIP,[1] ORSNA,[2] DAFIF,[3][4] 2010 World Airport Traffic Report.[5]

Piloto Civil Norberto Fernández International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Rio Gallegos "Piloto Civil Norberto Fernández") (IATA: RGLICAO: SAWG) is located 4.5 km (2.8 mi) west-southwest of the center of Río Gallegos, a city in the Santa Cruz Province of Argentina. The airport covers an area of 1150 hectares (2841 acres) and is operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A.[1][2]

It is served by Aerolíneas Argentinas, LAN Argentina and LADE. It has 149,750 m² of runways, 74,690 m² of taxiways, 2,285 m² of terminal, and 2,187 m² of hangars. It was constructed in 1964, and the paved runway was inaugurated in 1972 with a Caravelle flight of Aerolíneas Argentinas. Rio Gallegos' airport has the longest runway in the country.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
Aerolíneas Argentinas
operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas
Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cómodoro Rivadavia, Mar del Plata, Trelew
LADE Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Comodoro Rivadavia, El Calafate, Esquel, Río Grande, Ushuaia
LATAM Chile Punta Arenas, Mount Pleasant
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 191,202 Decrease 2.09% 5,530 Decrease20.50% 882 Decrease15.03%
2006 197,785 Increase 3.44% 5,338 Decrease 3.47% 786 Decrease10.88%
2007 201,623 Increase 1.94% 5,710 Increase 6.97% 703 Decrease10.56%
2008 199,567 Decrease 1.02% 5,480 Decrease 4.03% 611 Decrease13.09%
2009 244,728 Increase22.63% 3,959 Decrease27.76% 442 Decrease27.66%
2010 236,792 Decrease 3.24% 3,395 Decrease14.25% 563 Increase27.38%
Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Statistics
(Years 2005-2010)


  1. ^ a b (Spanish) "SAWG – RIO GALLEGOS / Piloto Civil Norberto Fernández" (PDF).  at AIP Argentina
  2. ^ a b (Spanish) Aeropuerto de Rio Gallegos "Piloto Civil Norberto Fernández" at Organismo Regulador del Sistema Nacional de Aeropuertos (ORSNA)
  3. ^ Airport information for SAWG at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  4. ^ Airport information for RGL at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  5. ^ Airport Council International 2010 World Airport Traffic Report

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