Jorge Newbery Airfield (Spanish: Aeroparque "Jorge Newbery", IATA: AEP, ICAO: SABE) is an international airport located in Palermo neighbourhood, 2 km (1.2 mi) northeast of downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina. The airport covers an area of 138 hectares (341 acres) and is operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A. It is located in the Palermo ward, along the Río de la Plata, and serves as the main hub for domestic flights from Buenos Aires as well as to Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay. The airport is named in honor of Argentine aviator Jorge Newbery.
Newbery Airfield is roughly equal to Ezeiza International Airport (located 38 km (24 mi) to the south) in airline traffic among the nation's 33 airports, handling 93,346 aircraft movements in 2009 and serving 10,255,541 passengers in 2014 (one third of all scheduled air traffic in Argentina, the first Argentine airport to pass the 10 million passenger mark in history); it thus surpassed Ezeiza International in 2013 as the nation's busiest airport by passenger traffic. In 2015, Aeroparque Jorge Newbery was again Argentina's busiest airport, having handled 11,052,861 passengers, relegating Ezeiza International Airport again to the second place, with 9,127,908 passengers handled.
The airport was originally proposed by Mayor Carlos Noël in 1925. A number of feasibility studies and zoning disputes followed. In 1938, plans were submitted for an island airport connected via causeway to Avenida General Paz (then under construction). A former wetland reclaimed in 1916 from the Río de la Plata and closer to downtown was selected instead, and the facility, designed by Aeronatics Secretariat engineer Víctor Acuña in 1945, was inaugurated in 1947 as Aeroparque 17 de Octubre (17 October Airfield).
Initially served by a 1,000 m (3,300 ft) runway, it began operations in January 1948 as the main hub for domestic flights from Buenos Aires as well as flights to Uruguay. Its first terminal was completed in 1951, by which time the runway was extended to 1,550 m (5,090 ft). The airport was renamed following the 1955 coup against President Juan Perón in honor of the pioneer of Argentine aviation, Jorge Newbery, and was re-inaugurated in 1960 following work that expanded its main runway to 2,070 m (6,790 ft) and added a new terminal. The Argentine Air Force had a small base built near the eastern end of the airport in 1965; it was at this site that President Isabel Perón was formally deposed by the military in the March 1976 coup. A new terminal for national air carrier Aerolíneas Argentinas was inaugurated in 1981, expanding total terminal area to 30,000 m2 (320,000 sq ft).
Plans to merge Newbery with Ezeiza International Airport in a new facility located on an artificial island were revived in 1996 by a commission headed by Congressman Álvaro Alsogaray, though these plans were ultimately dropped. Its operations, like those of all the nation's public airports, were privatized in 1998 and transferred to Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 (part of the conglomerate owned by local businessman Eduardo Eurnekian). The runway was further extended by 180 m (590 ft) in 2007, and work began in 2009 to create greater distance between the nearby Rafael Obligado Coast Highway and the eastern end of the runway. Routes were added in March 2010 to destinations in Brazil, Chile, and Paraguay. Work began in 2011 on Terminals III and IV, totaling 35,000 m2 (380,000 sq ft). These terminals were inaugurated in March 2014, effectively doubling the airport's passenger capacity.
|Aerolíneas Argentinas||Bahía Blanca, Catamarca, Comodoro Rivadavia, Córdoba, Corrientes, El Calafate, Esquel, Formosa, La Rioja, Mendoza, Neuquén, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Resistencia, Río Gallegos, Río Grande, Salta, San Carlos de Bariloche, San Martín de los Andes, San Salvador de Jujuy, San Juan (AR), Trelew, Tucumán, Ushuaia|
|Aerolíneas Argentinas||Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Salvador da Bahía, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Seasonal: Florianópolis, Punta del Este
operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas
|Bahía Blanca, Catamarca, Comodoro Rivadavia, Córdoba, Corrientes, Formosa, Mar del Plata, Mendoza, Neuquén, Paraná, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Resistencia, Río Cuarto, Rosario, San Carlos de Bariloche, San Luis (AR), San Rafael, San Salvador de Jujuy, Santa Fe (AR), Santa Rosa, Santiago del Estero, Termas de Río Hondo, Trelew, Viedma|
operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas
|Asunción, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Montevideo, Punta del Este, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Seasonal: Punta del Este 
|Andes Líneas Aéreas||Comodoro Rivadavia, Córdoba, Mendoza, Puerto Iguazú, Puerto Madryn, Salta, San Carlos de Bariloche,San Salvador de Jujuy, Tucumán
Seasonal: Mar del Plata
|Avianca Argentina||Mar del Plata, Rosario|
|Gol Transportes Aéreos||São Paulo-Guarulhos|
|LADE||Comodoro Rivadavia, Mar del Plata, Neuquén, San Carlos de Bariloche|
|LATAM Argentina||Bahía Blanca, Comodoro Rivadavia, Córdoba, El Calafate, Mendoza, Neuquén, Puerto Iguazú, Río Gallegos, Salta, San Carlos de Bariloche, San Juan (AR), Santiago de Chile, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Termas de Río Hondo, Tucumán, Ushuaia
|LATAM Brasil||São Paulo-Guarulhos|
|LATAM Chile||Santiago de Chile|
|Passengers||Change from previous year||Aircraft operations||Change from previous year||Cargo
|Change from previous year|
|Source: Airports Council International: World Airport Traffic Report
(Years 2005-2010) and other sources.
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