Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Ministro Pistarini International Airport is located south-southwest of Buenos Aires or Capital Federal, the capital of Argentina. The airport covers an area of and is operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A.
The airport is named after general and politician Juan Pistarini (1882-1956), but is more commonly known as Ezeiza International Airport because of its location in the city of Ezeiza in Greater Buenos Aires. It is the country's largest international airport and a hub for the international routes of Aerolineas Argentinas. The first civilian flight from what is now London Heathrow Airport flew to Ministro Pistarini International Airport in 1946.
This airport was built between 1945 and 1949; at the time, it was the largest one in Latin America and the only one with three runways, forming an A. That means: three crossed runways , forming three 60 angles. In 1997, RWY 05/23 was closed and now it is used for large aircraft (such as the Airbus A340 or Boeing 747) for parking while cleaning and refueling.
This airport is collecting an Airport Improvement Fee of 29 USD as of September 7, 2009, payable before any international departure.
In 2008, the airport handled 8,012,794 passengers, with 205.506 tons of cargo and 71,037 aircraft movements.
Terminals, airlines and destinations
Note: Cargo and charter flights operate from Terminal C
Breach of Security
In July 2007, Argentina's Canal 13 conducted an investigation revealing that a group of security operators at the airport are stealing valuable objects such as iPods, digital cameras, cellular phones, sun glasses, jewelry and laptops while scanning the checked luggage of passengers. According to the special report, security operators at the airport should check each bag before putting it into the plane; however, some operators take advantage of the scanner machine to detect valuable objects and steal them. The report states that this event occurs every day and that the stolen items include anything from electronic devices to perfumes and chocolates. Los jugadores del Olmedo sufrieron robos en el aeropuerto de Ezeiza. Buscador de Noticias. 2008-02-04 Operativo por robos de valijas y contrabando en Ezeiza: 15 detenidos. El Dia. Detienen a una banda de maleteros en el aeropuerto de Ezeiza. La Nacion. 2009-01-28.
Aeropuerto Buenos Aires / Ezeiza at Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 (official web site)Stranded travelers riot at Argentine airport. MSNBC / Associated Press. 2008-01-14.
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