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Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport

Airport information
 Location of airport in Chile
Airport typePublic and Military
OperatorSCL Aeropuerto de Santiago
LocationPudahuel, Santiago Metropolitan Region - Chile
Elevation474 m (1555 ft)
Passenger Numbers11064487

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Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport , also known as Pudahuel Airport and Santiago International Airport, located in Pudahuel, 15 km (9.3 miles) north-west of downtown Santiago, is Chile's largest aviation facility and the busiest international air passenger gateway to the country. Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport has non-stop, international service to Europe, Oceania and the Americas. It served 11,064,487 passengers in 2010, being the 9th busiest airport in Latin America and the 6th busiest in South America by passenger traffic. It is the 7th busiest airport in Latin America by aircraft movements, serving 104,000 operations. It is also a major connecting point for air traffic between Oceania and Latin America.

The Airport is owned by the Chilean State and operated since July 1998 by SCL Terminal Aéreo Santiago S.A. Sociedad Concesionaria, a consortium of companies formed by Agunsa (Chile), Grupo ACS (Spain) and Vancouver Airport Services (Canada). The Air traffic control is handled by the DGAC (Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil - Chile).

Its ICAO category is 4E. In addition, it is the main hub and maintenance center for LAN Airlines and Sky Airline. The airport functions as a joint civil-military facility. It is the headquarters of the Chilean Air Force 2nd Air Brigade and where its 10th Aviation Group is based.

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