Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Airport Quick Facts
Whether they know it by the name Ministro Pistarini International Airport or the more commonly used local name of Ezeiza International Airport, about 9 million passengers utilize the facility traveling to or from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The airport’s code, EZE, is based on the airports more common name and the Ezeiza Partido community where it is located.
Ministro Pistarini International Airport provides service for the bulk of international passengers traveling to or from Argentina as well as flight connections for domestic travelers. About 85 percent of all foreign arrivals in the country pass through customs at the airport.
History of Ministro Pistarini Airport
The airports official name pays tribute to Juan Pistarini who served in the Argentine military and was a political leader. Pistarini served as the military attaché to Germany during years leading up to World War II and may have had ties to the Nazi leaders. His political career was tumultuous and resulted in his imprisonment during a 1955 coup. He is credited with a number of upgrades to infrastructure in the country. Pistarini was released from prison in 1955 and died in 1956 at a military hospital.
The airport was built in the late 1940s and was ranked in the top three based on airport size and capacity at the time. Its ranking has fallen as other cities and airports have expanded well beyond the capacities offered by Ministro Pistarini International Airport and Buenos Aires.
Airport Terminals & Runways
The airport utilizes three terminals labeled A, B and C. Terminal C is the most recently constructed and is used for both domestic and international passengers. The terminals are located close to each other and most passengers walk between flights.
The three terminals are seeing increased usage and future plans do include expansion. The airports highest passenger traffic ever was recorded in October 2012 and marked a 8 percent increase from the previous October. An Airport Improvement fee is charged every departing international passenger as part of the ticket price. These funds are earmarked for future expansion at the airport. Recent expansions have included more parking areas and a new control tower.
Ministro Pistarini International Airport utilizes two of its original three runways to handle about 70,000 takeoffs and landings each year. The original design placed three runways in a triangle. Due to traffic patterns and flight demands one of those runways is now used as a aircraft parking and service area. The airports longest runway is about 3,300 meters or 10,800 feet long while the secondary runway is about half as long. Both runways include the standard lighting and instrument landing systems.
A single cargo terminal at Ministro Pistarini International Airport handles about 200,000 tons of airfreight each year. The airport is served by cargo airlines offering service to much of Central and South America and Miami in North America. The ground facilities include the standard bonded and secured storage as well as climate controlled warehouse space.
The airport had a banner year in 2007 when it was named the best airport in the region by Skytrax. Skytrax conducts polling of airports, airlines, and associated industries each year and issues reviews and polls.