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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.

Present and future Airport developments:  1. In the second half of 2014, 8 new 3D HiScan XCT Xray machines will be installed,  increasing current  baggage scans from 600 to 1,800 bags per hour. 
2. 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.
3. UPDATE:   After long delays, on June 24, 2014, a tender for airport expansion and operation has been launched. The $655M project to be undertaken by the winner of the tender  includes renovation of current terminal and construction of a new 200,000 sq.meter terminal, with 2 wings for international flights & two more for both international & domestic alternate flights. As passenger count should reach an estimated 20M by 2018 - this will to enable the Airport to handle 29M passengers by 2030 & 50M by 2045. After completion of the new terminal, the existing terminal will handle domestic flights only.

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