Air Transport World

Chile prepares for growth.

Santiago airport's capacity will nearly triple with $220 million in expansion projects

The Chilean government has transferred terminal management of Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL) to an international consortium under a 15-year concession contract. The contract includes a construction program to upgrade the airport, encompassing addition of six more international gates and a new 60-m control tower and expansion of the terminal area by 33,543 sq. m for a total of 58,543 sq. m. The new international gates will bring the total number of gates to 17.

The consortium, SCL Terminal Aereo de Santiago, expects to complete the improvements by May 2001 at a total cost of some $220 million. …

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