Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport

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Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo
Tucuman International Airport.JPG
Airport type Public
Operator Government and Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
Serves San Miguel de Tucumán
Location Ruta A016 Km9. (T4117) CEVIL POZO
Elevation AMSL 1,495 ft / 456 m
Coordinates 26°50′27″S 065°06′17″W / 26.84083°S 65.10472°W / -26.84083; -65.10472Coordinates: 26°50′27″S 065°06′17″W / 26.84083°S 65.10472°W / -26.84083; -65.10472
TUC is located in Argentina
Location of airport in Argentina
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,900 9,515 Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Total passengers 670,075
Source: [1]

Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport (IATA: TUCICAO: SANT) is an international airport located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from the city of San Miguel de Tucumán. It serves Tucumán Province in the north of Argentina. It was built in 1981, and its terminal was inaugurated on 12 October 1986. The airport provides four departure gates, two arrival gates, immigration and passenger services, plus a large cargo terminal, the second biggest in the country.


This airport replaced the old one, located on the Ninth of July Park, because of its bad location (600 metres (1,969 ft) from the Plaza Independencia). The old airport had just one short runway 17/35 of (1600m/5000 ft) and it was closed in 1987. Now the Bus Main Station uses parts of the appron of the airport, while the Music School from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán uses its passenger terminal.

The Departing Sector was rebuilt in 2005, with international flights facilities and a jet-bridge. It can handle big aircraft such as the Boeing 747, Boeing 767, Airbus A330 or Boeing 777.

It has 135,000 m² of runways, 21,250 m² of taxiways, a 6,985 m² terminal, two hangars of 1,840 m², and parking places for 278 cars. It has a small cargo terminal of 50 m². Cargo flights are important as Tucumán is the second most important Airport in Argentina in order of Tons of Cargo (after Buenos Aires-Ezeiza). Most cargo flights are scheduled between September and November, taking fresh fruit to Europe and United States. A Freight Terminal was constructed in 2013.

In 1988, it handled 710,000 passengers. In 1998, 568,000. And in 2008, just 287,000 passengers. Traffic is anyway growing: 193,000 passengers in 2007; 287,000 in 2008; 365,000 in 2009; 411,000 in 2010; 404,000 in 2011; 445.000 in 2012; 500.906 in 2013; and 523.191 in 2014

On 9 April 2013, the runway heading changed from 01/19 to 02/20 due to magnetic variation. Due to runway reconstruction and prolongation to 3500m, the airport will be closed between June and September 2017.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
Seasonal: Mar del Plata [2]
Austral Líneas Aéreas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Córdoba
LATAM Argentina Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile (Begins 2 october 2017)[3]
LATAM Perú Lima (Begins 3 september 2017)[4]


Airlines Destinations
Atlas Air Miami, FL
Centurion Air Cargo Austin, TX
LAN Cargo Lima, Los Angeles, Miami


Traffic by calendar year. Official ORSNA Statistics
Passengers Change from previous year Aircraft operations Change from previous year Cargo
(metric tons)
Change from previous year
2011 404,040 Decrease 1.71% 6,007 Decrease 2.21% 4,937 Increase 58,95%
2012 444,893 Increase 10.11% 5,655 Decrease 5.86% 5,167 Increase 4.59%
2013 500,906 Increase 12.59% 6,099 Increase 7.85% 3,427 Decrease 33.64%
2014 523,191 Increase 4.45% 5,538 Decrease 9.20% 5,950 Increase 73.62%
Source: ORSNA

Ground transportation[edit]

Tucumán International Airport has direct public transport links to San Miguel de Tucumán served by Bus nº 121 to the Bus Terminal Station, through AV. Avellaneda. Route A016 (continuation from Av. Sarmiento) provides access to the City Center. Taxis and rental cars are available as well, as is the case in most airports.


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