|Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini
|Aerial view of the airport|
|Main concourse at Terminal A|
|IATA: EZE ICAO: SAEZ
|Owner||Argentine Government (Minister of Federal Planning and Public Utilities)|
|Operator||Aeropuertos Argentina 2000|
|Elevation AMSL||21 m / 67 ft|
|Sources: AIP, ORSNA, WorldAeroData, Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 statistics for 2012|
Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini) (IATA: EZE, ICAO: SAEZ), more commonly known as Ezeiza International Airport owing to its location within the Ezeiza Partido in the Greater Buenos Aires, is an international airport located 22 kilometres (14 mi) south-southwest of Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. It is the country's largest international airport by number of passengers handled 85% of international traffic, and serves as a hub for the international services of Aerolíneas Argentinas and LAN Argentina. Covering an area of 3,475 hectares (13.42 sq mi; 8,590 acres), the airport serves both the city of Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area. It has been operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A. since 1998.
Ministro Pistarini Airport was voted 2007 best airport in the region following a survey carried out by Skytrax. However, it shifted to the third place in 2010, behind Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport and Jorge Chávez International Airport.
The airport was named after the general and politician Juan Pistarini (18821956). The first civilian flight from the then new London Heathrow Airport, a BSAA Avro Lancastrian, flew to Ministro Pistarini International Airport in 1946.
Completely designed and erected by Argentine technicians, the airport was built between 1945 and 1949. Its construction was one of the major projects included in the five-year plan of the first presidency of Juan Perón. At the time it was inaugurated it was the largest airport in Latin America, the third largest in the world, and the only one with three crossed runways (05/23, 11/29 and 17/35) that resembled the shape on an equilateral triangle. In 1997, RWY 05/23 was closed, and now it is used for large aircraft (such as the Airbus A340 or Boeing 747) for parking while cleaning and refueling.
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The Riccheri Motorway connects the airport with downtown Buenos Aires. There are no rail links between the airport and the city. The closest rail station is Ezeiza, the railway line passing through it having Constitución station as terminus. Ezeiza station can be reached by bus number 518. Other bus lines entering the terminal are the 8, 51 and 394. The first of them offers a semi-rapid service between the airport and downtown Buenos Aires that partly runs through the Riccheri Motorway, whilst the other two links the airport with several cities located within the southern Buenos Aires metropolitan area. Although the service offered by these buses is cheap, passengers with large luggage are often not carried as the buses lack luggage capacity. Another way of accessing the terminal is by taxi or by a number of charter buses.
citation needed] Effective December 2009 , citizens from countries requiring Argentine nationals a visa to enter its territory including Australia, Canada and the United States, among others are levied a reciprocity fee on arrival to the airport, which is equivalent to the price Argentine citizens have to pay in order to get a visa from such countries. Until December 2012 , the tax was collected at the airport and was payable in Argentine pesos or dollars; starting that month, the tax must be paid in advance at the country of origin, and exclusively online.[
In October 2012 For this month, the airport handled 767,824 passengers, a 10.9% increase compared to October 2011 ; the number of international and domestic traffic for October 2012 increased 8.7% and 108.3%, respectively, year-on-year. Overall, 2012 traffic figures for the airport indicate a 7.3% increase, year-on-year., Ezeiza Airport recorded the highest traffic growth, year-on-year, among all the airports operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000.
New terminal C was inaugurated in July 2011 as of December 2011[update], its facilities are partly used by Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air France and Alitalia for their operations. More SkyTeam members are expected to move their operations to the terminal in the future as well. In March 2013 , new terminal B was officially inaugurated; this new facility, which covers an area of 28,795 square metres (309,950 sq ft), will be used by both Aerolíneas Argentinas and KLM.;
As announced in August 2011 Qantas withdrew their services to the airport in favour of Santiago de Chile in March 2012 ; flights to Ezeiza Airport had begun four years earlier, in November 2008 . This followed Malaysia Airlines termination of their Boeing 747-served Kuala LumpurCape TownBuenos Aires route in early 2012 as part of cost-cutting measures. KLM resumed operations at the airport in October 2011 , after a ten-year gap. The latest carrier that started operations in Ezeiza Airport is Turkish Airlines, extending its IstanbulSão Paulo service in December 2012 .,
|Aerolíneas Argentinas||Barcelona, Bogotá, Cancún, Caracas, Córdoba, El Calafate, Lima, Madrid, Mendoza, Miami, Montevideo, Puerto Iguazú, Rome-Fiumicino, Rosario, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Sydney, Trelew
Seasonal: Punta Cana
|Aerolíneas Argentinas operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas||Belo Horizonte-Confins (begins 1 June 2013), Rio de Janeiro-Galeão||B, C|
|Air Canada||Santiago de Chile, Toronto-Pearson||A|
|Air France||Paris-Charles de Gaulle1||B, C|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York-JFK||A, B|
|Boliviana de Aviación||Cochabamba, La Paz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru||A|
|BQB Líneas Aéreas||Montevideo||A|
|Copa Airlines||Panama City||A|
|Cubana de Aviación||Havana, Varadero
Seasonal: Cayo Coco
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta||A|
|Emirates||Dubai, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão||A|
|Gol Transportes Aéreos||Campinas-Viracopos, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Florianópolis, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos||A|
|LAN Airlines||New York-JFK, Santiago de Chile||A|
|LAN Argentina||Lima, Miami, Punta Cana, São Paulo||A|
|LAN Ecuador||Guayaquil, Quito||A|
|Qatar Airways||Doha, São Paulo-Guarulhos||A|
|Sky Airline||Santiago de Chile||A|
|South African Airways||Johannesburg||A|
|TACA Airlines operated by Lacsa||Lima||A|
|TAM Airlines||Belo Horizonte-Confins, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Salvador, São Paulo-Guarulhos||A|
|TAM Airlines Paraguay||Asunción, São Paulo-Guarulhos||A|
|Turkish Airlines||Istanbul-Atatürk, São Paulo-Guarulhos||A|
|United Airlines||Houston-Intercontinental, Newark||A|
|Aerovip Cargo||Montevideo, Punta del Este|
|Centurion Air Cargo||Miami|
|FedEx Express||Campinas, Santiago|
|Florida West International Airways||Bogotá, Miami|
|LAN Cargo||Asunción, Bogotá, Campinas, Frankfurt, Miami, Santiago|
|Lufthansa Cargo||Campinas, Dakar, Frankfurt|
|Martinair Cargo||Aguadilla, Amsterdam, Bogotá, London-Stansted|
|UPS Airlines||Miami, Campinas|
As of August 2011[update], Aviation Safety Network records 30 accidents/incidents for aircraft that departed from the airport or had it as a destination. The list below provides a summary of only fatal events that took place at or in the vicinity of the airport.
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