Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini
Aerial view of the airport
Main concourse at Terminal A
|Owner||Argentine Government (Ministry of Transportation)|
|Operator||Aeropuertos Argentina 2000|
|Elevation AMSL||21 m / 67 ft|
Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini) (IATA: EZE, ICAO: SAEZ), known as Ezeiza International Airport owing to its location in the Ezeiza Partido in Greater Buenos Aires, is an international airport 22 kilometres (14 mi) south-southwest of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. It is the country's largest international airport by number of passengers handled—85% of international traffic—and is a hub for international flights of Aerolíneas Argentinas and LATAM Argentina. Aerolíneas Argentinas and its subsidiary Austral Líneas Aereas do operate limited domestic or cabotaje air service from Pistarini Airport as well. Covering 3,475 hectares (13.42 sq mi; 8,590 acres), the airport serves Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area. It has been operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A. since 1998. It is one of three airports serving Buenos Aires, along with Aeroparque Jorge Newbery and El Palomar Airport.
Juan Pistarini, Minister of Public Works during the presidency of Juan Perón, placed the cornerstone of the project on 22 December 1945. It was designed and erected by Argentine technicians, Its construction was one of the major projects in the five-year plan of the first presidency of Juan Perón. When it opened, it was the third-largest airport in the world.
The first civil flight from the then new London Heathrow Airport, a BSAA Avro Lancastrian, flew to Ministro Pistarini International Airport in 1946. A 1949 diagram shows three runways crossing at 60-degree angles: 9,353 ft runway 10/28, 7,220 ft 4/22 and 6,892 ft 16/34. In 1997, RWY 05/23 was closed and it is now used for parking large aircraft (such as the Airbus A340 or Boeing 747).
Since December 2012, citizens from countries requiring an entry visa for Argentine nationals – including Australia and Canada – are charged a "reciprocity fee" to enter Argentina, equivalent to the price the countries charge Argentine citizens for a visa. Until December 2012 the tax was collected, in Argentine pesos or US dollars, at the airport; since then, the tax must be paid in advance online from the country of origin. As of August 23, 2016, the Argentine Government (Presidential Decree No. 959/2016) has resolved to suspend the collection of the reciprocity fee from US passport holders who visit the country for less than 90 days, for tourist or business purposes.
In October 2012 Ezeiza Airport recorded the highest annual traffic growth of all the airports operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000. For this month, the airport handled 767,824 passengers, a 10.9% increase compared to the previous October; the volume of international and domestic traffic for October 2012 increased 8.7% and 108.3%, respectively, year-on-year. Overall, 2012 traffic figures for the airport indicated a 7.3% increase over the previous year. Figures for July 2013 showed that the airport handled 688,397 passengers, an 8.9% decrease over the previous year.
Airlines and destinations
Terminal C was inaugurated in July 2011; as of December 2011[update], its facilities were in use by Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air France, and Alitalia for their operations. More SkyTeam members were expected to move their operations to the terminal. In March 2013 terminal B, with an area of 28,795 square metres (309,950 sq ft), was inaugurated, for use by Aerolíneas Argentinas and KLM.
Qantas withdrew its service to the airport in favour of Santiago de Chile in March 2012; flights to Ezeiza Airport had begun in November 2008. This followed Malaysia Airlines' termination of its Boeing 747-served Kuala Lumpur–Cape Town–Buenos Aires route in early 2012 to cut costs. South African Airways discontinued its Johannesburg–Buenos Aires service in March 2014.
In June 2010Qatar Airways launched direct flights between the airport and Doha. After a ten-year gap, KLM resumed operations at the airport in October 2011. Emirates launched services to the airport in January 2012 , and Turkish Airlines extended its Istanbul–São Paulo service to end at Ezeiza in December the same year. Air New Zealand started non-stop flights between the airport and Auckland in December 2015.,
In 2018, low-cost carriers LEVEL and Norwegian started long-haul flights to Ezeiza airport from Barcelona and London-Gatwick respectively. Ethiopian Airlines and Swiss carrier Edelweiss Air launched new flights to Buenos Aires.
|Passengers||Change from previous year||Aircraft operations||Change from previous year||Cargo
|Change from previous year|
|Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Statistics|
|5||São Paulo, Brazil||739,000|
|6||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||654,000|
|9||New York, USA||329,000|
|10||Panama City, Panama||275,000|
Accidents and incidents
As of August 2011[update], Aviation Safety Network records 30 accidents/incidents for aircraft that departed from the airport or had it as a destination. The list below provides a summary of the fatal events that took place at or in the vicinity of the airport.
Accidents involving fatalities
- 23 October 1996: Fuerza Aérea Argentina Flight 5025, a Boeing 707-320C, registration LV-LGP, was operating a cargo service when it struck the ground short of the runway on final approach to Ezeiza inbound from Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, broke up, and burst into flames. Two occupants of the aircraft lost their lives.
- 26 October 2003: CATA Línea Aérea Flight 760, a Fairchild FH-227B, tail number LV-MGV, was operating a nonscheduled Ezeiza–Camba Puntá Airport freighter service when it encountered technical difficulties shortly after takeoff from Ezeiza Airport. The aircraft attempted a belly landing on a nearby golf course. The aircraft skidded some 200 m before hitting a tree and bursting into flames. All five occupants of the aircraft died in the accident.
- "SAEZ/Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini fact sheet" (PDF) (in Spanish). AIP. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- Tablero 2017 Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini (in Spanish) EANA.
- Movimiento operacional de los aeropuertos del Sistema Nacional (TOTAL 2017) (in Spanish) ORSNA.
- "Aeropuerto Internacional de Ezeiza "Ministro Pistarini"" [Ezeiza "Ministro Pistarini" International Airport] (in Spanish). Organismo Regulador del Sistema Nacional de Aeropuertos (ORSNA). Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- Airport information for Ministro Pistarini Airport at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- "Tablero 2018 Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini" (PDF) (in Spanish). Empresa Argentina de Navegación Aérea (EANA). Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- "Argentina Transfers International Airport Today". Business News Americas. 27 May 1998. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- Gill, Tom (1 March 1998). "Milan moves in to manage". Flightglobal.com. Airline Business. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- "Vuelo a vuelo, cómo se conquistó el cielo" [Flight by flight, the way the sky was conquered]. La Nación (in Spanish). 17 December 1999. Archived from the original on 20 June 2016.
- "Civil aviation news". Flight: 731. 8 December 1949. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013.
Peron's pride: Probably the largest and most modern air terminus in the world, the new "Ministro Pistarini" airport at Buenos Aires is one and a half time as big as London Airport. Covering an area of 19 square miles, it has three runways, one of which is 3,060 yards in length, and is capable of accommodating aircraft up to 150 tons in weight. The airport was designed and built entirely by Argentinian technicians and is one of the major projects in General Peron's five-year plan.
- "Civil Aviation News..." Flight: 494. 21 October 1948. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013.
Work on the new airport at Ezeiza, near Buenos Aires, is nearly completed and, provisionally, it will be in operation at the end of the year. Covering 18,600 acres, it is claimed to be the third largest international airport in the world.
- American Aviation 1 August 1949 p15
- Háskel, Guillermo (18 October 2006). "Argentine: Violence mars Perón coffin transfer". MercoPress. Buenos Aires Herald. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012.
- Sopeña, Germán (22 June 1998). "Hace 25 años, la masacre de Ezeiza enlutaba a la Argentina" [The Ezeiza massacre mourned Argentina 25 years ago] (in Spanish). La Nación. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012.
- "El pago online de un impuesto para extranjeros dificulta el ingreso de turistas" (in Spanish). infobae.com. 22 March 2013. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013.
- "Argentina begun enforcing "reciprocity tax" in Ezeiza airport". MercoPress. 29 December 2009. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012.
All foreign visitors arriving in Argentina's international airport of Ezeiza and who live in countries that charge the Argentines before they enter, will have to pay a reciprocity tax.
- "Disfruta de Reciprocity fee for US citizens". Argentina Embassy in Washington. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
- "Argentina". travel.state.gov. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
- "Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 reports 13% pax increase in Oct-2012". Centre for Aviation. 14 November 2012. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "El tráfico de pasajeros aumentó el 9,3 por ciento en los primeros diez meses del año" [Passenger traffic rose 9.3% in the first ten months of the year] (in Spanish). Centre for Aviation. 14 November 2012. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "El tráfico de pasajeros aumentó el 8,9 por ciento en 2012" [Passenger traffic increased 8.9 per cent in 2012] (Press release) (in Spanish). Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A. 21 January 2013. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013.
- "Aeropuertos Argentina: El tráfico de pasajeros creció el 5,7 por ciento en julio" [Aeopuesrtos Argentina: Passenger traffic grew 5.7% in July] (in Spanish). Centre for Aviation. 19 August 2013. Archived from the original on 20 August 2013.
- Garffoglio, Loreley (7 July 2011). "Ezeiza estrena una nueva terminal" [Ezeiza's new terminal commences operations] (in Spanish). La Nación. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012.
- "Ezeiza: nueva organización de operaciones de las líneas aéreas internacionales" [Ezeiza: new organisation for the operations of international airlines] (Press release) (in Spanish). Aeropuertos Argentina 2000. 28 December 2011. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013.
- "Aerolíneas estrenó la Terminal C" [Aerolíneas commenced operations in terminal C] (in Spanish). La Nación. 17 July 2011. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012.
- Pagani, Josefina (15 July 2011). "Comenzó a operar ayer la nueva terminal C en Ezeiza" [Ezeiza's new terminal C started operations yesterday] (in Spanish). La Nación. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012.
- "Aerolineas Argentinas begins flights to the new terminal at Ezeiza" (Press release). Aerolíneas Argentinas. 12 July 2011. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012.
Terminal "C” also has an exclusive VIP lounge, called "Salon Condor", especially designed to meet the requirements determined by the Sky Team Alliance, of which Aerolineas Argentinas is becoming a member. The VIP salon will not only be used by Aerolineas Argentinas' passengers but also by the passengers on all airlines in the alliance.
- "Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 confirms opening of Buenos Aires Ezeiza terminal B". Centre for Aviation. 28 March 2013. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013.
- "Aeropuertos Argentina: Quedó inaugurada la Terminal B de Ezeiza" [Aeropuertos Argentina: Ezeiza's terminal B was inaugurated] (in Spanish). Centre for Aviation. 28 March 2013. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013.
- "Building a Stronger Qantas" (Press release). Qantas Airways Limited. 16 August 2011. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Qantas launches Santiago flights" (Press release). Qantas Airways Limited. 26 March 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Qantas commences non-stop services from Sydney to Buenos Aires" (Press release). Qantas Airways Limited. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Malaysia Airlines Implements Route Rationalisation to Stem Losses and Improve Regional Network" (Press release). Malaysia Airlines. 14 September 2011. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "SAA to continue serving the Argentinean market through partnerships" (Press release). South African Airways. 11 November 2013. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013.
- "Argentina promotes tourism in UK; BA direct flights London/Buenos Aires in March". Mercopress. 22 September 2010. Archived from the original on 12 December 2014.
In June, Qatar Airways began direct flights from Doha, offering direct access from the Middle East and India.
- Kingsley-JOnes, Max (28 June 2010). "Qatar Airways continues its rapid expansion". London: Flightglobal. Archived from the original on 12 December 2014.
- "KLM resumes scheduled services to Buenos Aires" (Press release). KLM. 16 February 2011. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "KLM Launches Service to Four New Latin-American Destinations" (Press release). KLM. 2 November 2011. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Emirates Expands its South American Horizons with Launch of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires Flights" (Press release). Emirates. 4 January 2012. Archived from the original on 12 December 2014.
- "Turkish Airlines adds Buenos Aires (Argentina), Sebha (Libya), Niamey (Nijer), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Yaounde (Cameroon), Douala (Cameroon), Isfahan (Iran) to its growing network..." (Press release). Turkish Airlines. 11 December 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Air New Zealand touches down in Buenos Aires" (Press release). Air Zew Zealand. 2 December 2015. Archived from the original on 26 May 2016.
- "Después de la Mudanza, Aerolineas Argentinas Busca Potenciar su Hub en Ezeiza". Aviacion News. Aviacion News Ltd. 11 April 2019.
- Liu, Jim (5 November 2018). "Air Canada NS19 Chile / Argentina service changes". Routesonline. UBM (UK) Ltd.
- "Istanbul New Airport Transition Delayed Until April 5, 2019 (At The Earliest)".
- "Anuario Estadístico 2017" [Statistical Yearbook 2017] (PDF) (in Spanish). Argentine Ministry of Transport. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 April 2018.
- Accident history for Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport at Aviation Safety Network
- Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 3 August 2011.
- "Airline safety review – Fatal accidents: non-passenger flights". Flight International: 36. 15–21 January 1997. Archived from the original on 17 July 2013.
- Accident description for LV-MGV at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 28 July 2011.
- "Engines eyed in CATA crash". Flightglobal.com. Flight International. 4 November 2003. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
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- Aeropuerto Buenos Aires / Ezeiza at Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 (official web site – English)