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Ministro Pistarini International Airport

Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini
Aerial view of the airport
Main concourse at Terminal A
WMO: 87576
Airport type Public
Owner Argentine Government (Minister of Federal Planning and Public Utilities)
Operator Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
Serves Buenos Aires
Location Ezeiza, Argentina
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 21 m / 67 ft
EZE is located in Greater Buenos Aires
Location in greater Buenos Aires
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,300 10,828 Asphalt
17/35 3,105 10,187 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Total passengers 8,600,877 [1]
Sources: AIP,[2] ORSNA,[3] WorldAeroData,[4] Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 statistics for 2013[5]

Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini) (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 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 LAN Argentina. Covering 3,475 hectares (13.42 sq mi; 8,590 acres),[3] 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

  • Airport information for Aeropuerto Internacional Ezeiza/Ministro Pistarini at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF, NGA, NOAA.
  • Accident history for Ministro Pistarini International Airport at Aviation Safety Network
  • Current weather for SAEZ at NOAA/NWS
  • Aeropuerto Buenos Aires / Ezeiza at Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 (official web site – English)

External links

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  4. ^ Airport information for Ministro Pistarini Airport at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  5. ^ "Aumento del 4.4 por ciento en el tráfico de pasajeros en 2013" [4.4 per cent increase in passenger traffic for 2013] (Press release) (in Spanish). Aeropuertos Argentina 2000. 14 January 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2014. 
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  16. ^ a b c "El pago online de un impuesto para extranjeros dificulta el ingreso de turistas" (in Spanish). 22 March 2013. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Argentina begun enforcing "reciprocity tax" in Ezeiza airport".  
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ "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. 
  20. ^ "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. 
  21. ^ "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. 
  22. ^ Garffoglio, Loreley (7 July 2011). "Ezeiza estrena una nueva terminal" [Ezeiza's new terminal commences operations] (in Spanish).  
  23. ^ "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 31 December 2011. 
  24. ^ "Aerolíneas estrenó la Terminal C" [Aerolíneas commenced operations in terminal C] (in Spanish).  
  25. ^ 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).  
  26. ^ "Aerolineas Argentinas begins flights to the new terminal at Ezeiza" (Press release).  
  27. ^ "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. 
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  31. ^ "Qantas launches Santiago flights" (Press release). Qantas Airways Limited. 26 March 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  32. ^ "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. 
  33. ^ "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. 
  34. ^ "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. 
  35. ^ "Argentina promotes tourism in UK; BA direct flights London/Buenos Aires in March".   Archived 12 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  36. ^ Kingsley-JOnes, Max (28 June 2010). "Qatar Airways continues its rapid expansion".   Archived 12 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  37. ^ "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. 
  38. ^ "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. 
  39. ^ "Emirates Expands its South American Horizons with Launch of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires Flights" (Press release). Emirates. 4 January 2012.  Archived 12 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  40. ^ "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. 
  41. ^ "Air NZ unveils new flights to Buenos Aires".  
  42. ^ "Air New Zealand to fly direct to Argentina". Air New Zealand.  Archived 12 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  43. ^ "American Airlines opts to erect protective measures against Argentina’s weak economy". CAPA Centre for Aviation. 16 October 2014. American offers flights from Dallas/Fort Worth, JFK and Miami to Buenos Aires Ezeiza international airport.  Archived 22 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  44. ^ a b "Aerolineas Argentinas Further Postpones Planned Ecuador Service to July 2016". Airline Route. 11 September 2015.  Archived 11 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  45. ^ "Air New Zealand to Launch Buenos Aires Service from Dec 2015". Airline Route. 24 March 2015.  Archived 25 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  46. ^
  47. ^ Accident history for Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport at Aviation Safety Network
  48. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 3 August 2011.
  49. ^ "Airline safety review – Fatal accidents: non-passenger flights".  
  50. ^ Accident description for LV-MGV at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 28 July 2011.
  51. ^ "Engines eyed in CATA crash".  


See also

  • 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.[48][49]
  • 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 perished in the accident.[50][51]

Accidents involving fatalities

As of August 2011, Aviation Safety Network records 30 accidents/incidents for aircraft that departed from the airport or had it as a destination.[47] The list below provides a summary of only fatal events that took place at or in the vicinity of the airport.

Accidents and incidents

Busiest international routes from and to Ezeiza (2013)[46]
Ranking City Airline
1 Sao Paulo, Brazil Aerolíneas Argentinas, Austral Líneas Aéreas, Gol Linhas Aereas, LAN Argentina, Qatar Airways, TAM Airlines, Tam Paraguay, Turkish Airlines
2 Santiago, Chile Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Canada, Austral Líneas Aéreas, Sky Airline, LAN Airlines, LAN Argentina, KLM
3 Miami, USA Aerolíneas Argentinas, American Airlines, LAN Argentina
4 Río de Janeiro, Brazil Aerolíneas Argentinas, Austral Líneas Aéreas, Emirates, Gol Linhas Aereas, TAM Airlines
5 Lima, Peru Aerolíneas Argentinas, Avianca Perú, LAN Argentina, LAN Perú
6 Madrid, Spain Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Europa, Iberia
7 Asuncion, Paraguay Aerolíneas Argentinas, TAM Paraguay
8 Rome, Italy Aerolíneas Argentinas, Alitalia
9 Porto Alegre, Brazil Aerolíneas Argentinas, Gol Linhas Aereas
10 New York, USA Aerolíneas Argentinas, American Airlines
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 14.34% 62,048 6.10% 177,358 1.41%
2006 6,867,596 7.88% 63,693 2.65% 187,415 5.67%
2007 7,487,779 9.03% 70,576 10.81% 204,909 9.33%
2008 8,012,794 7.01% 71,037 0.65% 205,506 0.29%
2009 7,910,048 1.28% 67,488 5.00% 162,806 20.78%
2010 8,786,807 11.08% 65,063 3.59% 212,890 30.96%
Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Statistics
(Years 2005-2010)


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

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aerolíneas Argentinas Lima, Madrid, Mendoza, Miami, New York–JFK, Porto Alegre, Punta Cana, Puerto Iguazú, Quito (begins 1 July 2016 (2016-07-01)),[44] Rome–Fiumicino, Salvador da Bahia, Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Trelew, Ushuaia B, C
Aerolíneas Argentinas operated by Austral Líneas Aéreas Belo Horizonte, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Rosario, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo–Guarulhos B, C
Aeroméxico Mexico City A
Air Canada Santiago de Chile, Toronto–Pearson A
Air Europa Madrid A
Air France Montevideo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle B, C
Air New Zealand Auckland (begins 1 December 2015)[45] B, C
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino B, C
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York–JFK A, B
Avianca Bogotá A
Avianca Costa Rica Lima A
Avianca Peru Lima A
Boliviana de Aviación Cochabamba, La Paz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru A
British Airways London–Heathrow A
Conviasa Caracas A
Copa Airlines Panama City A
Cubana de Aviación Havana, Varadero
Seasonal: Cayo Coco
Delta Air Lines Atlanta C
Emirates Dubai–International, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão A
Gol Transportes Aéreos Brasília, Curitiba–Afonso Pena, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Natal, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Seasonal: Salvador da Bahia
Iberia Madrid A
KLM Amsterdam, Santiago de Chile B, C
LAN Airlines New York–JFK, Santiago de Chile A
LAN Argentina Lima, Miami, Punta Cana, São Paulo–Guarulhos A
LAN Perú Lima A
Lufthansa Frankfurt A
Qatar Airways Doha, São Paulo–Guarulhos A
Sky Airline Santiago de Chile A
TAM Airlines Brasília, Recife, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos A
TAM Airlines Paraguay Asunción A
TAME Quito A
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk, São Paulo–Guarulhos A
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental A
Airline operations at the airport
Iberia operates services to Madrid.
As of October 2014, American Airlines links the airport with three destinations in the United States.[43]
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.
A British Airways Boeing 777-200ER at the airport.

Passenger airlines

In June 2010 (2010-06), Qatar Airways launched direct flights between the airport and Doha.[35][36] After a ten-year gap,[37] KLM resumed operations at the airport in October 2011.[38] Emirates launched services to the airport in January 2012 (2012-01),[39] and Turkish Airlines extended its IstanbulSão Paulo service to end at Ezeiza in December the same year.[40] Air New Zealand plans to start non-stop flights between the airport and Auckland in December 2015.[29][41][42]

Qantas withdrew its service to the airport in favour of Santiago de Chile in March 2012;[29][30][31] flights to Ezeiza Airport had begun in November 2008.[32] This followed Malaysia Airlines' termination of its Boeing 747-served Kuala LumpurCape Town–Buenos Aires route in early 2012 to cut costs.[33] South African Airways discontinued its Johannesburg–Buenos Aires–Johannesburg service in March 2014.[29][34]

Terminal C was inaugurated in July 2011;[22] as of December 2011, its facilities were in use by Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air France, and Alitalia for their operations.[23][24][25] More SkyTeam members were expected to move their operations to the terminal.[26] 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.[27][28]

Terminal B

Terminals, airlines and destinations

In October 2012 Ezeiza Airport recorded the highest annual traffic growth of all the airports operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000.[18] 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.[19] Overall, 2012 traffic figures for the airport indicated a 7.3% increase over the previous year.[20] Figures for July 2013 showed that the airport handled 688,397 passengers, an 8.9% decrease over the previous year.[21]

Since December 2012, citizens from countries requiring an entry visa for Argentine nationals – including Australia, Canada, and the United States – 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]


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.


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

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[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 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.[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]



  • History 1
  • Access 2
  • Operations 3
  • Terminals, airlines and destinations 4
    • Passenger airlines 4.1
    • Cargo airlines 4.2
  • Statistics 5
  • Accidents and incidents 6
    • Accidents involving fatalities 6.1
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


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