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Carrasco International Airport

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.[4]

Carrasco International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso
Aeropuerto Carrasco.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorPuerta Del Sur
ServesMontevideo, Uruguay
LocationCiudad de la Costa, Canelones
Hub forAmaszonas Uruguay
Elevation AMSL105 ft / 32 m
Coordinates34°50′18″S 56°01′51″W / 34.83833°S 56.03083°W / -34.83833; -56.03083Coordinates: 34°50′18″S 56°01′51″W / 34.83833°S 56.03083°W / -34.83833; -56.03083
MVD is located in Montevideo
Location in the city of Montevideo
MVD is located in Uruguay
MVD (Uruguay)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 2,250 7,382 Asphalt
06/24 3,322 10,899 Asphalt
Statistics (2017, 2010 (cargo))
Metric tonnes of cargo27,395
Sources: Airport Website [1] SkyVector[2] Google Maps[3]

The airport is named in honour of Cesáreo L. Berisso, a pioneer of Uruguayan aviation, and it also hosts an air base of the Uruguayan Air Force.


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.

The Carrasco VOR-DME (Ident: CRR) is located on the field. There are several non-directional beacons around the airport associated with instrument approach procedures.[5]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Traffic 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Passengers 2.074.668[9] 2,102,516 1,870,853 1,671,234 1,602,321 1,561,940 1,761,783 2,180,029 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 transportationEdit

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.[10] 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.

Other facilitiesEdit

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.[11]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

Gral. Cesáreo Berisso A.B.Edit

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 IEdit

Potez 25 aircraft

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:

  • The Central Office of Assistance and the Carrasco Rescue Coordination Center.
  • No. 3 Squadron (Transportation)
  • No. 5 Squadron (Helicopters)

No. 3 Squadron (Transportation)Edit

No. 3 Squadron operates 4 aircraft types:

No.5 Squadron (Helicopters)Edit

No.5 Squadron operates 3 helicopter types:

Aeronautical Museum Cnel. Jaime MeregalliEdit

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.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Aeropuerto de Carrasco - Montevideo Uruguay". Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Montevideo/Carrasco L Berisso Airport". SkyVector. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Carrasco International Airport". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Carrasco VOR". Our Airports. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Después de la Mudanza, Aerolineas Argentinas Busca Potenciar su Hub en Ezeiza". Aviacion News. Aviacion News Ltd. 11 April 2019.
  7. ^ Liu, Jim. "Avianca Peru discontinues 3 international service in Jan 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Sky Airline resumes Montevideo service from Dec 2019". AviacionNews. 23 August 2019.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Airport/Transport". Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco. Archived from the original on 25 November 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  11. ^ "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."
  12. ^ "Accident description PP-AQE". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  13. ^ "Crash: Air Class SW4 near Flores Island on Jun 6th 2012, aircraft missing". Aviation Retrieved 23 June 2012.

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