Santiago International Airport
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3750m x 45m
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- Aerolineas Argentinas
Cargolux Airlines International
Delta Air Lines
TAM Airlines (Paraguay)
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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport serves Chile's capital and largest city, Santiago de Chile, and is also known as Santiago International Airport or Pudahuel Airport. The airport is located 15km from the CBD and shares facilities with the Chilean Air Force. Santiago is among the top 10 Latin American airports in terms of passengers and movements, and is one of only two airports on the continent with direct connections to Oceania. LAN Airlines maintains its hub at the airport, as well as regional carriers PAL Airlines and Sky Airline. Connections to all Latin American capitals are offered by LATAM-group carriers and most national carriers in the region. Direct North American and European services are also offered. SCL Terminal Aéreo Santiago S.A. Sociedad Concesionaria operates the facility, a consortium of Chile's Agunsa, Spain's Grupo ACS and Canada's Vancouver Airport Services.
Originally designed with capacity for 9 million passengers p/a, the airport has been experiencing significant growth and handled 14 million passengers in 2012. This has led to congestion issues and plans are underway for a significant expansion project to triple capacity to 29 million passengers p/a by 2030, with the construction of a new terminal. The existing terminal will then be converted to domestic use only, and two additional parking garages will be constructed. The tender is expected to be launched in 2H2013, awarded in 2014 and a 15-year concession will become effective from 2015.
Location of Santiago International Airport, Chile
Ground Handlers servicing Santiago International Airport
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Chile’s domestic passenger market grew by 16% in 1H2013, making it once again one of the fastest growing in Latin America. Chile’s domestic market has now nearly doubled in size since 2009 with annual growth of nearly 20% in 2010 to 2012.
LATAM Airlines Group subsidiary LAN continues to dominate Chile’s domestic market, accounting for 75% of the 4.6 million total domestic passengers in Chile during 1H2013. LAN’s domination of the market is scaring away potential new entrants, including LCC groups such as Viva.
Chile and Russia are now the only top 25 domestic markets in the world that are not served by a single LCC. Russia is expected to see a return of LCC activity within the next year, leaving Chile alone on this undistinguished list.
Chile has recorded 17% passenger growth for the second consecutive year, making it the fastest growing market in Latin America. The rapid growth in Chile is somewhat surprising as it is one of the more mature markets in Latin America and the market is dominated by one player, LAN, which can have a stifling impact on competition. But the small country of 17 million continues to support rapid increases in travel propensity, which is already the highest in Latin America, driven by a strong economy and Chile’s unusual geography.
After recording flat traffic figures for 2009, Chile’s aviation market has grown by 57% over the last three years to 15.2 million passengers, according to Chilean Civil Aeronautics Board data. Growth in 2011 and 2012 was an impressive 17% while 2010 ended with 11% growth despite the impact of a devastating earthquake which struck Santiago in Feb-2010.
Air traffic in the Peruvian domestic and international markets continues to grow steadily as overall traffic growth in Latin America remains strong despite weakening economies in Europe. Through the first five months of 2012 Peru recorded 14% growth year-over-year in domestic passengers carried as TACA Peru continued to build up its market share after making a two-phased expansion into the domestic space starting in 2010.
Peru's international market also has been growing rapidly, expanding by 15% through the first five months of 2012. Peru's largest carrier and TACA Peru's main rival, Lan Peru, has been expanding its international operation and is now planning another push from its Lima hub to leverage the combined network of new parent LATAM to capitalise on connecting passengers from North America, which should further bolster Peru’s international market.
According to the Chilean Government’s Investment Review publication, the Chilean Foreign Investment Committee under the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism has announced a slew of substantial foreign investment projects in the infrastructure sector. Numbered amongst these are projects in the airport business. Chile is often overlooked when investment opportunities are considered in South America but it does have one of the more solid economies, and a successful, pan-national airline that has just completed its merger with Brazil’s TAM.
Latin American airline groups LAN and TAM have finally completed their historic merger, creating a single powerful group which accounts for about one-third of total capacity in the fast-growing South American market. Latam Airlines Group is the market leader in Brazil, which is by far the largest market in Latin America and one of the four BRIC countries, and in three smaller South American countries – Chile, Peru and Paraguay. Latam is also the second largest player in another three South American markets – Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador.
Latam was formally established on 22-Jun-2012, when the LAN and TAM merger transaction was finally completed, ending a drawn out 22 month process that began in Aug-2010 with the signing of an memorandum of understanding between Latin America’s two largest airline groups (by revenue). Trading of Latam shares began on 27-Jun-2012 in New York, Sao Paulo and Santiago as TAM shares were delisted.
Aeromexico’s new codeshare agreement with Brazilian carrier TAM represents the second agreement Mexico’s largest carrier has signed with a non-SkyTeam carrier in the last two months. The partnerships reflect the need for both Star and SkyTeam carriers to access key markets in Latin and Central America that are not available through their respective alliance partners.
The Avianca-TACA relationship with Aeromexico, announced in Mar-2012, was surprising given that the Kriete family, which is a main shareholder in Avianca-TACA, is also a major holder in Aeromexico’s competitor Volaris. But Aeromexico has been pursuing a tie-up with Colombia’s largest carrier, Avianca, since it started Mexico City-Bogota flights in 2010. The chance was brushed aside once Avianca-TACA opted to join the Star Alliance, but now the agreement will include more connections than just Bogota as Avianca-TACA cited an ability to partner with Aeromexico on flights to Central and South America during the second half of this year.
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