Since October 2015, Groupe ADP and its partners have been operating the concession of Arturo-Merito Benítez International Airport in Santiago de Chile, the 6th largest airport in Latin America. With the inauguration of the new international terminal on 26 February 2022, the airport can handle up to 38 million passengers per year.
Groupe ADP (45% of the capital) and its partners Vinci Airports (40%) and Astaldi Concessioni (15%) are in charge of operating all the infrastructures for the full period of the concession (20 years), within the Nuevo Pudahuel consortium.
In particular, in less than five years the consortium has built a new 248,400 m² international terminal, which will be inaugurated on 26 February 2022. This project began with the first two departure lounges, which were opened in 2018 and 2019. With the extension of the existing terminal, which was reallocated to domestic traffic, the airport's capacity more than doubled from 16 to 38 million passengers per year.
The passenger experience has also been improved. With the new terminal, waiting times are greatly reduced thanks to 96 automatic check-in kiosks, 64 baggage drop-off counters, 40% more border control counters and a new baggage handling system. The terminal also includes new shopping areas, restaurants and services, such as a crèche and a showroom.
Arturo-Merito Benítez Airport, which ranks among the top 10 airports in South America for the quality of passenger services (Skytrax World Airports Awards 2020), is becoming an international hub, the most modern in South America.
At the same time, the airport is engaged in an active process of environmental transition driven by Groupe ADP's Environment Plan and Vinci Airports' AirPact action plan. These have enabled the airport to be one of the first in South America to achieve level 2 of the ACA (Airport Carbon Accreditation) issued by the ACI (Airports Council International).
For example, 10,336 LED lights have been installed, reducing energy consumption for lighting by 70%. Ground transportation emissions are also being reduced thanks to six new electric buses that have been in service since July 2021. More than 7 hectares have been reforested on the airport site and over 600 trees have been donated to the municipality of Pudahuel.
This dynamic will be further strengthened with the commissioning in 2022 of a photovoltaic plant with a capacity of 826 KW, installed on the roof of the existing terminal. The overall objective is to reduce the airport's carbon footprint by 40% by 2030 and to achieve zero net emissions by 2050.
With the Santiago de Chile airport, Groupe ADP expresses all its know-how as a global airport operator and its expertise in design and engineering.
million passengers per year expected
new destinations open in 2019
reduction in carbon footprint by 2030