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Turismo Chile Update On Chile's Tourism Infrastructure Following The Recent Earthquake
Santiago International Airport Reports Domestic and International Flight Operations Gradually Resuming
Following the magnitude 8.8 quake that hit central Chile in the early morning hours of Saturday February 27, 2010, Santiago International Airport suffered structural damage to the passenger terminal. No damage was reported to the runways and taxiways. All incoming and departing flight operations were suspended until authorities evaluated the situation in order to guarantee maximum safety for passengers. Turismo Chile would like to communicate the latest update regarding operations at Santiago International Airport provided by the airport authority, SCL Aeropuerto de Santiago, following a meeting with Chile’s National Civil Aviation Authority and airlines operating at the airport.

Flight operations resumed in two phases:
  • Phase 1 – March 2 to 5, 2010 – Domestic flights gradually resumed operations with a limited schedule between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and international flights also with a limited schedule were be operating between 8.pm and 8 a.m. A temporary makeshift terminal was set up in tents in order to process departing passengers. All arriving international flights during this period had to stopover in another Chilean city prior to landing in Santiago in order for passengers to clear Chilean customs and immigration formalities.
  • Phase 2 – March 5th onward – Domestic and international flights are operating 24 hours. All domestic flight arrivals and departures are operating out of a makeshift terminal set up in tents located to the east of the airport’s old terminal. International flight departures have moved to the domestic flights sector of the current terminal. International arriving passengers clear Chilean customs and immigration formalities in a makeshift facility set up in tents to the west of the current terminal.
All passengers should contact their airline for updated information on flight schedules and changes.
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