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Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport

Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Tucumán
TUC is located in Argentina
Location of airport in Argentina
Airport type Public
Operator Government and Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
Serves Tucumán Province, Argentina
Location Ruta A016 Km9. (T4117) CEVIL POZO
Elevation AMSL 1,495 ft / 456 m
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,900 9,515 Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Total passengers 444,893
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport (ICAO: SANT) is the international airport that serves Tucumán Province in the north of Argentina. It was built in 1981, and its terminal was inaugurated on 12 October 1986. The airport provides four departure gates, two arrival gates, immigration and passenger services, plus a large cargo terminal, the second biggest in the country.


  • Overview 1
  • Airlines and destinations 2
  • Cargo Flights 3
  • Ground transportation 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


This airport replaced the old one, located on the Ninth of July Park, because of its bad location (600 metres (1,969 ft) from the Plaza Independencia). The old airport had just one short runway 17/35 of (1600m/5000 ft) and it was closed in 1987. Now the Bus Main Station uses parts of the appron of the airport, while the Music School from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán uses its passenger terminal.

The Departing Sector was rebuilt in 2005. It can handle big aircraft such as the Airbus 310, Boeing 747, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777 McDonnell Douglas DC-10, McDonnell Douglas MD-11 and the Antonov An-124.

It has 135,000 m² of runways, 21,250 m² of taxiways, a 6,985 m² terminal, two hangars of 1,840 m², and parking places for 278 cars. It has a small cargo terminal of 50 m². Cargo flights are important. Tucumán is the second most important Airport in Argentina in order of Tons of Cargo (after Buenos Aires-Ezeiza). Most of cargo flights are scheduled between September and November, taking fresh fruits to Germany and United States.

In 1988, it handled 710,000 passengers. In 1998, 568,000. And in 2008, just 287,000 passengers. Traffic is anyway improving: 193,000 passengers in 2007; 287,000 in 2008 and 365,000 in 2009.

On 9 April 2013, the runway heading changed from 01/19 to 02/20 due to magnetic variation.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
Austral Líneas Aéreas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
LAN Argentina Buenos Aires-Aeroparque

Cargo Flights

Airlines Destinations
Atlas Air Miami, FL
CargoLux Luxembourg
Centurion Air Cargo Austin, TX
LAN Cargo Lima, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL
Lufthansa Cargo Dakar, Frankfurt, London-STN, Sao Paulo-VCP

Ground transportation

Tucumán International Airport has direct public transport links to San Miguel de Tucumán served by Bus nº 121 to the Bus Terminal Station, through AV. Avellaneda. Route A016 (continuation from Av. Sarmiento) provides access to the City Center. Taxis and rental cars are available as well, as is the case in most airports.


  1. ^ Airport information for SANT at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for TUC at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).

External links

  • Airport photos at
  • Current weather for SANT at NOAA/NWS
  • Accident history for TUC at Aviation Safety Network
  • Airport Information, private blog with news and Live ATC Service
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