The new terminals at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) under construction in October 2012. (Phil Perry Photo)
March 26 saw the official opening of Terminals 3 + 4 at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) by the airport operator Aeropuertos Argentinos 2000.
The new 600 million peso (US$ 75 million at the official exchange rate) terminals will add 35,000 square meters (400,000 sq. ft.) of operational space at the facility, doubling its capacity overnight. Additionally, five new jetways and four new baggage carousels have been added with total check-in positions increasing to 45.
The new buildings have seven stories in all with the ground level floor for arrivals, first floor for departures and floors 2-6 for administrative offices. The international departures area has increased from 1,260 square meters and four gates (three remote and one jetway) to 3,030 sq. meters and six gates (four remote and two jetways). The buildings are attached to the existing terminal for seamless integration as if they were an extension of it.
The additional space will help Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) accommodate growth; in 2013 the airport handled 9,552,504 passengers, an increase of 7.9% over 2012 with growth expected to continue. In particular, new regional international service has been added in recent years, especially to Brazil with both GOL and TAM having started service in 2010.