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'.
Starting October 2015 the new operator 'Nuevo Pudahuel' (a consortium of three companies) is to operate & manage SCL Airport for the next 20 years.

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.
NOTE: United Airlines started non-stop flights to Houston IAH on its Boeing 767-300ER with a 214-passenger capacity.

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.

NOTE: Passengers are advised to arrive at the Airport 2.5 hours prior to scheduled international flight, or 1.5 hours prior to domestic flight.  If traveling with children, you need to have additional documentation (birth certificates, family record book, or notarized authorization). 
 
The passenger terminal at Santiago Benitez Airport is divided into Domestic (D) and International (I) areas.

At a 2014 year-end meeting  it was disclosed that Airport staff has been increased and Phase 1 works were completed - resulting in better space distribution at circulation areas. Fully operational are new National check-In sector, & the baggage conveyor system handling up to 2,000 passengers a day.  Police International increased its permanent staff by 25 percent - distributed more efficiently according to timely need. Chilean nationals no longer need the form of entry /exit.  Considerable increase of national airline staff assisting passengers at peak hours  and the number of passenger rows were adjusted to to needs.  Emphasis has been given to a coordinated work force.

Present and future Airport developments: 
1. The current Terminal is undergoing a US $70M expansion project by 7,700 sq.meters - completion of which is expected by 2015. 
2. The 'Nuevo Pudahuel Consortium' - SCL's  new operator & manager - is to renovate current installations, redesign & extend the present passenger terminal, and design & construct a new terminal - bringing passenger capacity to 30M annually (with possible later  expansion to 45M) and housing two wings (for international & for alternating international / domestic flights - scheduled to open with a 15M capacity by 2020.




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