Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, Chile (SCL)

Last updated:
October 12, 2022

General information

Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, also known as Santiago International Airport and Nuevo Pudahuel Airport, located in Pudahuel, 15 km (9.3 mi) north-west of downtown Santiago, is Chile's largest aviation facility and busiest international airport.

Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport has domestic and international services to destinations in Europe, Oceania, Africa (cargo only), Asia and the Americas. In 2011 it was the ninth busiest airport in Latin America and the sixth busiest in South America by passenger traffic.

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What is the Santiago Airport called?

Santiago International Airport, also known as Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, is located 10km from Santiago, Chile's capital. Inaugurated on 9 February 1967, the airport was originally known as Aeropuerto Pudahuel and was renamed Arturo Merino Benítez on 19 March 1980.

Which country is Santiago Airport?

Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL IATA) is the primary method of entry into Chile, located in Chile's capital and largest city of Santiago. As of 2020, it was the third busiest airport in South America.

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Map of Santiago, Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport Terminal 1. Source:
Map of Santiago, Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport Terminal 1. Source:

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Most common questions

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What is the closest airport to Santiago Chile?

The nearest airport to Santiago is Santiago (SCL) Airport which is 15 km away. Other nearby airports include Mendoza (MDZ) (185.8 km).

How many airports are in Santiago Chile?

Chile has one major airport with international flights and one smaller airport that can receive international flights if the airport is closed due to weather. Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (or SCL airport for short) is in Santiago and handles the country's bulk of international flights.

Is English widely spoken in Chile?

English is not commonly spoken in Chile either in the tourist areas or larger cities. 10.2% of the population speak it, which amounts to 1,867,408 Chileans having some level of English language skill. This means that only 1 in 10 speak English and these are usually in more affluent areas.

Where do you fly into for Patagonia?

To travel to Argentine Patagonia, you need to fly into Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) (officially called Ministro Pistarini International Airport) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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