Santiago International Airport
Santiago Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, located about 15 km northwest of downtown Santiago, is the busiest air hub in the entire country of Chile. It has been in continuous service since the early 1960s, and has expanded through the years to become a world-class international airport, with flights to all major South American destinations as well as to North America, Europe, and Australia. Over 11,000,000 passengers arrived or departed from the airport in 2010.
Airlines serving the airport include LAN, LAN Argentina, Sky Airlines, TAM, GOL, Air France, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and AeroMéxico. The heaviest amount of domestic passenger traffic is to and from the cities of Antofagasta, Iquique, Concepción, and Calama.
Terminals at Santiago Airport
Santiago International Airport consists of a single main terminal building that serves both domestic and international carriers. The ground floor of the terminal contains the baggage claim area, Duty Free shops, passport control, and curbside transportation services. On the second floor are the departure lounges and check-in areas. A full restaurant court is located on the third floor. Banking services, VIP lounge, postal office, and pharmacy can be found inside the terminal hall.
A modern Holiday Inn hotel is located adjacent to the main terminal, with easy access from the ground floor arrivals area. A central parking garage is connected to the terminal via elevator. A number of rental car agencies operate service counters on the ground floor of the airport.
Taxis and local bus service (Centropuerto) is available at curbside on the ground floor level of the airport. There is direct freeway access to Costanera Norte Expressway and Route 68 for travelers heading downtown and to other areas of Santiago.