Traffic development 05.12.2018

Chile: Santiago airport hits 22 million passengers milestone

On December 3, Santiago airport celebrated the landing of its 22 millionth passenger. Undersecretary Lucas Palacios (representing Chile’s Ministry of Public Works) and SKY Airlines CEO Holger Paulmann were there to welcome the symbolic passenger.

To celebrate this new milestone at Santiago airport, the lucky 22 millionth passenger was gifted 2 tickets to travel within Chile by the airport, while SKY airlines offered him 22 tickets to use within their routes.

Since the beginning of the concession in 2015, Nuevo Pudahel, the consortium formed by VINCI Airports and its partners AdP and Astaldi, has continuously promoted the opening of new routes and the attraction of new airlines. In just 3 years, 6 new operators have arrived and 26 new routes were inaugurated.

With a number of 22 million passengers from January to November 2018, the air traffic at Santiago airport increased by 8.3%. Undersecretary Lucas Palacios stated that this historic figure “implies an immense challenge for [the] Government, in the sense of providing Chile with the adequate infrastructure for development”.

In response to the impressive growth in air traffic, expansion construction works made by the concessionaire will double capacity at Santiago airport. The modernization of the airport will cover a total area of 300.000 m2, 200.000 of which will be part of the new passenger international terminal.

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