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,[2] the capital city of Argentina. It is the country's largest international airport by number of passengers handled—85% of international traffic[3]—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[3] (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.[2][6][7]

Ministro Pistarini Airport was voted "2007 best airport in the region" following a survey carried out by Skytrax.[8] It dropped to third place in 2010, behind Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport and Jorge Chávez International Airport.[9]


The airport was named after the general and politician Juan Pistarini (1882–1956).[citation needed] He, as Minister of Public Works, placed the cornerstone of the project on 22 December 1945.[10] It was designed and erected by Argentine technicians,[11] Its construction was one of the major projects in the five-year plan of the first presidency of Juan Perón.[11] When it opened, it was the third-largest airport in the world.[12]

The first civil flight from the then new London Heathrow Airport, a BSAA Avro Lancastrian, flew to Ministro Pistarini International Airport in 1946.[citation needed] A 1949 diagram[13] 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).

The Ezeiza massacre took place near the airport in 1973.[14][15]


The airport is about 22 km from Buenos Aires city. Road access is by the Riccheri Highway. There is no direct rail link between the airport and the city; while there is a railway station in the nearby town of Ezeiza, with local buses connecting the town to the airport, this is not a usual route. Travel between the airport and anywhere in the Buenos Aires region can be undertaken by city taxi, or limousine (remise in Spanish), and there are airport shuttle buses operating a non-stop service between the airport and certain locations in central Buenos Aires. Public transport buses to various destinations are also available.


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.[16][17] Until December 2012 (2012-12)[16] the tax was collected, in Argentine pesos or US dollars, at the airport;[17] since then, the tax must be paid in advance online from the country of origin.[16] As of August 23, 2016, the Argentine Government (Presidential Decree No. 959/2016[18]) 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.[19]

In October 2012 Ezeiza Airport recorded the highest annual traffic growth of all the airports operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000.[20] 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.[21] Overall, 2012 traffic figures for the airport indicated a 7.3% increase over the previous year.[22] Figures for July 2013 showed that the airport handled 688,397 passengers, an 8.9% decrease over the previous year.[23]

Airlines and destinations

Terminal B

Terminal C was inaugurated in July 2011;[24] as of December 2011, its facilities were in use by Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air France, and Alitalia for their operations.[25][26][27] More SkyTeam members were expected to move their operations to the terminal.[28] 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.[29][30]

Qantas withdrew its service to the airport in favour of Santiago de Chile in March 2012;[31][32] flights to Ezeiza Airport had begun in November 2008.[33] This followed Malaysia Airlines' termination of its Boeing 747-served Kuala LumpurCape Town–Buenos Aires route in early 2012 to cut costs.[34] South African Airways discontinued its Johannesburg–Buenos Aires service in March 2014.[35][36]

In June 2010 (2010-06), Qatar Airways launched direct flights between the airport and Doha.[37][38] After a ten-year gap,[39] KLM resumed operations at the airport in October 2011.[40] Emirates launched services to the airport in January 2012 (2012-01),[41] and Turkish Airlines extended its IstanbulSão Paulo service to end at Ezeiza in December the same year.[42] Air New Zealand started non-stop flights between the airport and Auckland in December 2015.[43]


Airline operations at the airport
An Aerolíneas Argentinas Airbus A340 at the airport in february 2017.
Iberia operates services to Madrid.
As of October 2014, American Airlines links the airport with three destinations in the United States.[44]
Varig used to have important-standing operations in the airport. Presently, the brand is owned by Gol Transportes Aéreos, and links the airport with a number of Brazilian cities.
An Alitalia Boeing 777-200ER at the airport in 2006.
Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Bariloche, Bogotá, Cancún, El Calafate, Lima, Madrid, Miami, New York–JFK, Porto Seguro, Punta Cana, Puerto Iguazú, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Rome–Fiumicino, Salta, Salvador da Bahia, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Ushuaia
Aerolíneas Argentinas
operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas
Asunción, Bahía Blanca, Comodoro Rivadavia, Córdoba, Mar del Plata, Mendoza, Puerto Iguazú, Río Gallegos, Rosario, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Trelew, Ushuaia
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Air Canada Santiago de Chile (ends 30 April 2018),[45] Toronto–Pearson
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air New Zealand Auckland
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles (begins 19 December 2018),[46] Miami, New York–JFK
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Perú Lima
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras Belo Horizonte–Confins
Boliviana de Aviación Cochabamba, La Paz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru
British Airways London–Heathrow
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Cubana de Aviación Cayo Coco, Havana
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Edelweiss Air Zurich (begins 7 November 2018)[47]
Emirates Dubai–International, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, São Paulo–Guarulhos[48][49]
Gol Transportes Aéreos Aracaju, Belo Horizonte–Confins, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, João Pessoa, Maceió, Manaus, Natal, Porto Seguro, Recife, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Iberia Madrid
KLM Amsterdam, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Argentina Lima, Miami
LATAM Brasil Brasília, Recife, São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Chile New York–JFK, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Ecuador Quito, Lima
LATAM Paraguay Asunción, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão
LATAM Perú Lima
Level Barcelona
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Air UK
Qatar Airways Doha, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Sky Airline Santiago de Chile
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk, São Paulo–Guarulhos
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental, Newark


Airlines Destinations
Air Class Montevideo
Aerovip Cargo Montevideo, Punta del Este
Atlas Air Santiago, Miami, Campinas, Lima
Centurion Air Cargo Miami
Cielos Airlines Lima
FedEx Express Campinas, Santiago
Florida West International Airways Bogotá, Miami
LATAM Cargo Chile Asunción, Bogotá, Campinas, Frankfurt, Miami, Santiago
LATAM Cargo México Mexico City
Lufthansa Cargo Campinas, Dakar–Senghor, Frankfurt
Martinair Aguadilla, Amsterdam, Bogotá, London-Stansted
UPS Airlines Miami, Campinas


Traffic by calendar year. Official ACI Statistics
Passengers Change from previous year Aircraft operations Change from previous year Cargo
(metric tons)
Change from previous year
2005 6,365,989 Increase14.34% 62,048 Increase 6.10% 177,358 Increase 1.41%
2006 6,867,596 Increase 7.88% 63,693 Increase 2.65% 187,415 Increase 5.67%
2007 7,487,779 Increase 9.03% 70,576 Increase10.81% 204,909 Increase 9.33%
2008 8,012,794 Increase 7.01% 71,037 Increase 0.65% 205,506 Increase 0.29%
2009 7,910,048 Decrease 1.28% 67,488 Decrease 5.00% 162,806 Decrease20.78%
2010 8,786,807 Increase11.08% 65,063 Decrease 3.59% 212,890 Increase30.96%
Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Statistics
(Years 2005–2010)
Busiest international routes from and to Ezeiza (2017)[50]
Rank City Passengers
1 Chile Santiago, Chile 1,130,000
2 United States Miami, USA 1,001,000
3 Peru Lima, Peru 896,000
4 Spain Madrid, Spain 815,000
5 Brazil São Paulo, Brazil 739,000
6 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 654,000
7 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia 372,000
8 Italy Rome, Italy 332,000
9 United States New York, USA 329,000
10 Panama Panama City, Panama 275,000

Accidents and incidents

As of August 2011, Aviation Safety Network records 30 accidents/incidents for aircraft that departed from the airport or had it as a destination.[51] The list below provides a summary of only fatal events that took place at or in the vicinity of the airport.

Accidents involving fatalities

See also


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