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. Consorcio Nuevo Pudahuel secured a 20-year contract to operate the airport, after signing a concessionaire agreement with the Chilean Government in Feb-2015. Aéroports de Paris (45%), VINCI Airports (40%) and Astaldi (15%) have an equity stake in Nuevo Pudahuel.
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 30 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. Development works commenced in Nov-2016.
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