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'.
Since October 2015 the new operator 'Nuevo Pudahuel'
*(a consortium of Aeroports de Paris, VINCI Airports & Astaldi) ) operates & manages 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 19.2 million passengers in 2016, 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.
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.
For Terminal details at this site open ‘Terminal Map’ and scroll down to the text; for ground transportation open: ‘Ground Transportation /Buses & Trains.
Present and future Airport developments:
While the current terminal completed its upgrade & expansion work, a new terminal is to be constructed for international flights, whereupon the current terminal will become a domestic terminal. The new International Terminal is to open by 2020,
covering 175,000 sq.meters.
The new infrastructure will include leading edge technology and free WiFi service. Hourly passenger flow capacity will nearly double. New passport control counters will increase to 56, cutting down the control process to 10 minutes. With 32 new security control points, security clearance is to take only 7 minutes. Arrivals will go through a faster & more efficient process at one of the 66 immigration control counters - doubling the number of passengers able to clear at peak hours.
As to Parking:
the current lot would almost doulbe in size, able to handle 6,400 vehicles at the 3 parking options.