Carrasco International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso
|Operator||Puerta Del Sur|
|Location||Ciudad de la Costa, Canelones|
|Hub for||Amaszonas Uruguay|
|Elevation AMSL||105 ft / 32 m|
|Statistics (2017, 2010 (cargo))|
Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport (IATA: MVD, ICAO: SUMU) is the international airport of Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay. It also is the country's largest airport and is located in the namegiving Carrasco neighborhood located in the adjoining department of Canelones. It has been cited as one of the most efficient and traveler-friendly airports in Latin America and the world.
The original passenger terminal was inaugurated in 1947.
In 2003 the Uruguayan government transferred the administration, operation and maintenance of the airport to the private investment group Puerta del Sur S.A, which since then invested in several upgrades of the airport.
On 3 February 2007, construction began on a new and modern terminal that is located parallel to Runway 06/24. The new terminal, designed by Uruguayan born architect Rafael Viñoly, has the capacity to handle 3 million passengers a year, including a much larger parking area built for over 1200 vehicles. This new terminal building has four jetways, separate floors for arrivals and departures and a large viewing area on the top floor. The terminal has room for expansion for two additional jetways and a maximum capacity of 6 million passengers per year before the building would need actual enlargement. The new terminal was inaugurated on 5 October 2009 with official operations beginning on 29 December 2009.
A new US$15 million cargo terminal was also constructed.
Runway 06/24 has been strengthened and lengthened to 3,200 metres (10,499 ft), which allows airlines to operate non-stop flights to the United States and Europe. Runway 01/19 was lengthened to 2,250 metres (7,382 ft) and the former Runway 10/28 is permanently closed because of the new terminal cuts across it.
The Runway 06/24 length includes a 412 metres (1,352 ft) displaced threshold on Runway 06, and a 207 metres (679 ft) displaced threshold on Runway 24.
|Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza|
|Amaszonas Uruguay||Asunción, Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Córdoba|
|Azul Brazilian Airlines||Porto Alegre|
|Copa Airlines||Panama City|
|Flybondi||Buenos Aires-El Palomar|
|Gol Airlines||Recife, São Paulo-Guarulhos|
|LATAM Brasil||São Paulo-Guarulhos|
|LATAM Chile||Santiago de Chile|
|Avianca Cargo||Bogotá, Medellín-JMC|
|LATAM Cargo Chile||Miami, Santiago de Chile|
|Lufthansa Cargo||Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Campinas, Dakar-Senghor, Frankfurt|
|Western Global Airlines||Miami|
The airport is located 19 km (12 mi) from downtown Montevideo. The airport is served by public transit and a private taxi service which connect to Montevideo and Punta del Este. The trip time to Montevideo by car is 30-45 minutes, while by bus it is 1 hour and 15 minutes. The cost of the trip depends on the destination point and is arranged in the airport or booked online.
The Oficina de Investigación y Prevención de Accidentes e Incidentes de Aviación (OIPAIA) of the National Civil Aviation and Aviation Infrastructure Direction (DINACIA) has its head office on the airport property.
The General Cesareo Berisso Air Base is a base of the Uruguayan Air Force. It shares runways with the Carrasco International Airport. Most of its facilities are located just east of the old civilian terminal. It is named in honor of Cesáreo L. Berisso Cesáreo L. Berisso, a pioneer of Uruguayan aviation.
Air Brigade I, one of the three brigades of the Uruguayan Air Force, is stationed at the base. It was created as Aeronáutica n.º 1 in April 1936, when it was assigned 8 Potez 25 fighter aircraft.
Air Brigade I comprises three units:
No. 3 Squadron operates 4 aircraft types:
No.5 Squadron operates 3 helicopter types:
Also on the base is the Cnel. Jaime Meregalli Aeronautical Museum, with a hangar for static aircraft display, in addition to a building that exhibits aviation historical material.
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