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Santiago Arturo Benitez (SCL) Airport

Santiago Arturo Benitez SCL Airport Overview

Santiago Arturo Benitez International Airport SCL serves the capital city of Santiago, in Chile, South America. It has been honored by IATA for its rapid recovery of its terminal and airline operations after the February 2010 earthquake. Furthermore IATA considered Santiago International as being a leader in Latin America, 'both for its efficiency, quality and customer orientation'.

SCL Airport is located in Pudahuel, a part of the metropolitan region of Santiago -17 miles northwest of  city center. It is accessible either via Ruta 68, taking Autopista Vespucio north to the Airport Exit, or via the 6-lane Autopista Constanera Norte, taking the Airport Exit.

With two very long runways and serving over 14M travelers per year, Arturo Benitez Airport is hub for LAN Chile Airlines (with over 90 percent on-time flights) and is served by a number of domestic and international airlines (including Delta & American) offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.

The on-Airport 5-level Holiday Inn connects internally to both the Domestic and the International areas of the passenger terminal and has its own parking spaces, as well as a conference hall for up to 170 persons.
The new passenger terminal at Santiago Benitez Airport is divided into Domestic (D) and International (I) areas.
The Tourist Information desk is located on the first level inside International Arrivals and is open 8:30am-5:30pm. Tel: 6019320.

Present and future Airport developments:  The Airport is undergoing a US $700M expansion project involving transport, storage building & new terminal), the first phase of which should be completed by 2015, with a tentative completion date around 2018/19.  The new terminal is to be built south of the present one, and will also get new parking facilities.
Phase 1 of the Airport's redevelopment plan is to increase the current terminal's capacity  from 9  to 16 million passengers a year by 2015, and includes construction of a new international departure area, extension of domestic departure area, modification of domestic & international arrivals sector, new baggage handing system & increased international police capacity.  Currently, many of Phase I construction projects have been completed. 

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