Airports in Chile
Chile has a lot of airports serving airlines and passengers. The most popular cities for flights to Chile include Santiago, Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas, which are especially fabulous for doing excursions with local guides in Chile. Most of these airports are located in major cities, but there are a few that can only be reached by car or bus from other nearby towns. The busiest airport in Chile is El Tepual International Airport in Puerto Montt, which sees over 5 million passengers per year.
Located in the city of Los Andes, this airport was opened in 1965 and has a single terminal building. It has one runway that is asphalt and measures 5,000 feet (1,524 meters). The airport is owned by the Chilean Air Force and serves as an important gateway for tourists going to nearby ski resorts.
Chacalluta International Airport
Chacalluta International Airport is a small airport in the Antofagasta Region of Chile. It's located in the village of Chacalluta, and it has only one runway, as well as a single terminal building. The airport first opened in 1977 with an asphalt runway 1,800 meters (5,900 feet) long by 30 meters (98 feet) wide. The terminal building was expanded in 1996 and again in 2008; today it has five gates with jetways that can accommodate planes up to Boeing 767 size. The airport handles both domestic flights within Chile as well as international flights to Bolivia and Peru (via La Paz).
Balmaceda Airport is an airport in Balmaceda, Chile. It serves the city of Balmaceda and surrounding areas. The airport is located 4 km (2.5 mi) from Balmaceda. In 2017, it handled 9,065 passengers and 889 operations with an average of 17 passengers per day.
El Loa Airport
El Loa Airport is located in Antofagasta, Chile. It serves the city of Calama and was opened in 2001. The airport has a single runway that measures 2,500 meters (8200 feet) in length and 45 meters (147 feet) across. El Loa has a terminal building with an area of 5,000 square meters (53,820 square feet), which includes an arrival hall, departure lounge and baggage claim area as well as offices for the airline companies operating out of this airport such as LAN Airlines or Sky Airlines among others. There's also a control tower on site where staff can monitor all activity within El Loa Airport.
Carriel Sur International Airport
Carriel Sur International Airport is located in San Carlos, Chile. It is located in the Antofagasta Region and Atacama Desert, which are both regions of Chile. Carriel Sur International Airport also falls under South America, which is home to many countries including Brazil and Argentina. In addition to being a part of these larger areas, Carriel Sur International Airport is also located on Earth--the third planet from our sun that we call home!
Desierto de Atacama Airport
Desierto de Atacama Airport is located in Chile, and it's the second largest airport in Chile. The airport is located in the Atacama Desert, which is one of the driest deserts on earth. The runway of this airport measures 3,860 meters (12,600 feet). There is also a terminal building at this airport.
Located in the Antofagasta region, Mocopulli Airport is a small airport with limited facilities. It handles domestic flights and no international flights, serving the mining industry. It's also worth noting that there are no direct flights from Santiago or any other major Chilean cities to this airport--you'll need to fly into Calama first and then make your way south from there (which isn't impossible).
Diego Aracena International Airport
Diego Aracena International Airport is an airport in the Antofagasta Region of Chile. It is located in Diego Aracena, a town near Calama, in the Atacama Desert. The airport is operated by CORPAC S.A., which also operates several other airports in Chile including El Loa Airport and Chuquicamata Airport. The runway of Diego Aracena International Airport has an orientation of 03/21 and measures 3100 meters long by 45 meters wide (10,170 feet x 148 feet).
Mataveri International Airport
Mataveri International Airport is located in the Commune of Isla de Pascua (Easter Island), Chile. The airport code for Mataveri International Airport is CPX. The terminal has 3 check-in counters and 2 baggage carousels to help you get through check-in quickly and easily. There are also ATMs, currency exchange offices, restaurants and shops available within the terminal building so that you can purchase last minute items before departing on your flight from Mataveri International Airport.
If you're flying out of Mataveri International Airport , keep in mind that there are no departure gates at this airport - all flights depart from an outdoor ramp area where passengers board their aircraft by walking up stairs into the plane. This means that passengers must carry any large pieces of luggage with them onto their plane as there are no baggage carts available for use at this airport.
La Florida Airport
Chile's La Florida Airport is located in Santiago, Chile. It has a single runway and a single terminal, as well as a single apron, taxiway and parking area. The airport also has one helipad and one control tower.
Cañal Bajo Carlos Hott Siebert Airport
The Cañal Bajo Carlos Hott Siebert Airport is located in the commune of Futaleufú, Los Lagos Region. It was opened in 1973 and operated by Chile's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC). The airport has one asphalt runway, 18/36 which measures 2,300 by 45 meters (7,546 x 148 feet).
Capitán Fuentes Martínez Airport
Capitán Fuentes Martínez Airport is located in the city of Puerto Montt in the Los Lagos Region of Chile. The airport serves as a hub for LAN Airlines and Sky Airline, with flights to cities such as Santiago, Punta Arenas and Temuco. It also serves as a focus city for Aerovias DAP. The airport was named after Captain Carlos Fuentes Martínez who was killed during an accident at this airport on September 23rd 1977 while serving as commander of the Chilean Air Force Academy's Flying Section.
El Tepual Airport
El Tepual Airport is an airport serving the city of Puerto Montt, capital of the Los Lagos Region in Chile. It is located 5 km west of the city. The airport serves as a secondary hub for Sky Airline and Aerovias DAP airlines, who offer flights to/from Santiago de Chile's Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL), Punta Arenas International Airport (PUQ) and several smaller airports within Patagonia such as Rio Gallegos or Ushuaia.
We hope this list has inspired you to visit the many beautiful destinations in Chile. There's so much to see and do, from exploring ancient ruins to hiking up volcanoes or even skiing down them! We loveв to help out however we can.