Carrasco International Airport

Carrasco International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso
Airport type Public
Operator Puerta Del Sur
Serves Montevideo
Location Ciudad de la Costa, Canelones, Uruguay
Hub for Alas Uruguay
Elevation AMSL 32 m / 105 ft
Coordinates 34°50′18″S 056°01′51″W / 34.83833°S 56.03083°W / -34.83833; -56.03083Coordinates: 34°50′18″S 056°01′51″W / 34.83833°S 56.03083°W / -34.83833; -56.03083

Location in the city of Montevideo

Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 2,250 7,382 Asphalt
06/24 3,200 10,500 Asphalt
10/28 (Closed) 1,700 5,577 Asphalt
Statistics (2015, 2010 (cargo))
Passengers 1,671,234
Metric tonnes of cargo 27,395
Sources: Airport Website [1]

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.[2]


The original passenger terminal, which is now the cargo 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 U.S.A. and Europe. Runway 01/19 was lengthened to 2,250 metres (7,382 ft) and the former Runway 10/28 (rarely ever used) is permanently closed because the new terminal cuts across it.

Airlines and destinations

Check-in hall


Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Aeroparque, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Amaszonas Asunción, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru
operated by Amaszonas Paraguay
operated by Amaszonas Uruguay
Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
American Airlines Miami
Avianca Peru Lima
Azul Brazilian Airlines Porto Alegre
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Gol Airlines Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos
Iberia Madrid
LATAM Brasil Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Paulo-Guarulhos
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
Sky Airline Santiago de Chile


Centurion Air Cargo Miami
Florida West International Airways Miami
LAN Cargo Miami, Santiago de Chile
Lufthansa Cargo Buenos Aires, Campinas, Frankfurt, Dakar
Avianca Cargo Bogotá, Medellín


Traffic 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Passengers 1,671,234 1,602,321 1,561,940 1,761,783 1,913,734 1,654,270 1,236,415 1,168,199 1,102,299 1,061,337 996,106
Cargo (tons) 27,395 24,700 24,633 24,712 26,149 25,445

Ground transportation

The airport is located 19 km (12 mi) from downtown Montevideo. There are three bus companies and several private taxi and remise services connecting the airport with Montevideo as well as with Punta del Este.[3] The trip time to Montevideo by car is approximately 20 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.

Other facilities

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.[4]

Accidents and incidents


  1. Airport Official Website
  2. "Airport/Transport". Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  3. "OIPAIA." (Archive) National Civil Aviation and Aviation Infrastructure Direction. Retrieved on 17 April 2012. "Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco Av. Wilson Ferreira Aldunate (ex Cno. Carrasco) 5519."
  4. "Accident description PP-AQE". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  5. "Accident description LV-JYR". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  6. "Crash: Air Class SW4 near Flores Island on Jun 6th 2012, aircraft missing". Aviation Retrieved 23 June 2012.

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