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.
Ministro Pistarini Airport was voted "2007 best airport in the region" following a survey carried out by Skytrax. It dropped to third place in 2010, behind Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport and Jorge Chávez International Airport.
The airport was named after the general and politician Juan Pistarini (1882–1956). He, as Minister of Public Works, 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).
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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. 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.
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.,
|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|
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|
|Air Canada||Santiago de Chile (ends 30 April 2018), Toronto–Pearson|
|Air France||Paris–Charles de Gaulle|
|Air New Zealand||Auckland|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles (begins 19 December 2018), Miami, New York–JFK|
|Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras||Belo Horizonte–Confins|
|Boliviana de Aviación||Cochabamba, La Paz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru|
|Copa Airlines||Panama City–Tocumen|
|Cubana de Aviación||Cayo Coco, Havana|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|
|Edelweiss Air||Zurich (begins 7 November 2018)|
|Emirates||Dubai–International, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão|
|Ethiopian Airlines||Addis Ababa, São Paulo–Guarulhos|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Aerovip Cargo||Montevideo, Punta del Este|
|Atlas Air||Santiago, Miami, Campinas, Lima|
|Centurion Air Cargo||Miami|
|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|
|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|
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 only fatal events that took place at or in the vicinity of the airport.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In June, Qatar Airways began direct flights from Doha, offering direct access from the Middle East and India.
By mid-year seven new destinations had already been added to Qatar's network during 2010, in Asia, Europe and South America. These comprised Ankara, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.
American offers flights from Dallas/Fort Worth, JFK and Miami to Buenos Aires Ezeiza international airport.
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