Carriel Sur International Airport

Carriel Sur International Airport (IATA: CCP, ICAO: SCIE) is located in Talcahuano, Greater Concepción in the Bío Bío Region, 8 km (5 mi) from Concepción downtown. It is one of the largest airports in Chile and serves domestic traffic for LATAM Airlines, JetSmart and Sky Airline. It also serves as a primary alternate airport for Arturo Merino Benitez Airport, usually receiving international traffic from Santiago when that airport closes due to weather.

Carriel Sur International Airport

Aeropuerto Carriel Sur
Aeropuerto Carriel Sur.png
Airport typePublic
OperatorSociedad Concesionaria Aeropuerto Carriel Sur S.A.
ServesConcepción, Chile
Elevation AMSL26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates36°46′21″S 73°03′47″W / 36.77250°S 73.06306°W / -36.77250; -73.06306 (Aeropuerto Internacional Carriel Sur (Concepción))Coordinates: 36°46′21″S 73°03′47″W / 36.77250°S 73.06306°W / -36.77250; -73.06306 (Aeropuerto Internacional Carriel Sur (Concepción))
SCIE is located in Chile
Location of Carriel Sur International Airport in Chile
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,600 8,530 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers1.664.824 Increase 15,0%[1]
Sources: SkyVector[2] GCM[3][4]


Although plans to build an airport near Concepción date back to 1954, construction began only in 1960, shortly after the 22 May earthquake, as it became imperative to build a modern airport to link Chile's south-central region with the rest of the country. The airport was opened to the public on 3 January 1968.

No airline accidents have been recorded in relation with the airport, although bird ingestions during takeoff have occurred, causing rejected takeoffs or emergency returns from departing aircraft. No casualties derived from such bird ingestions have been recorded.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

JetSmart Antofagasta, Arica, Balmaceda, Calama, Iquique, Lima, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Chile Antofagasta, Punta Arenas, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
Sky Airline Antofagasta, Calama, Punta Arenas, Santiago de Chile

Terminal buildingEdit

In 2000, the original terminal building was decommissioned and turned over to the aviation authority for administrative use. A new terminal, operated by AEROSUR S.A., was opened north of the latter allowing the installation of 4 jetways, Customs and Immigration service, a VIP lounge, and a duty-free store. The old ramp was retained, increasing the number of parking spaces from 5 to 10 (the original 5 plus 4 jetways and one remote parking adjacent to jetway #4)


The airport is located 6 km (4 mi) from Concepción downtown and 12 km (7 mi) from Talcahuano downtown.


The airport is well served by the Interportuaria Talcahuano – Penco expressway (Airport Exit).


Bus transportation is available through Biobus, a public transport bus line, operated by FESUR. This service provides transportation connecting Biotren Concepción Station to Carriel Sur airport (with stops in Concepción Downtown, Paicaví av., and Jorge Alessandri av. service road), and vice versa (with stops in Mall Plaza Trébol, Marina del Sol Casino, Paicaví av., and Concepción Downtown). Their frequency is every 15 minutes during weekdays (from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and 30 minutes during weekends (8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.). The price of the ticket is $530 CLP (US$0.8) and can be paid with cash or with the Biotren Card.

Navaids, ATC servicesEdit

Despite being the second most important airport in Chile,[further explanation needed] Carriel Sur does not have radar service for approach/departure control. This service is provided using non-radar protocols, in coordination with Santiago's Area Control Center. Carriel Sur's control tower provides ground, tower, and approach services on a 24-hour basis and is staffed by three air traffic controllers at all times.

The airport has several navigational aids:

  • Category IIIb ILS, Runway 02. (Ident: I-CEP)
  • High-Altitude Doppler VOR-DME, for non-precision approaches to both runways. (Ident: CAR)
  • Non-directional beacon/Localizer Outer Marker, located 5.0 nautical miles (9.3 km) south of the Runway 02 threshold.
  • Marker beacon/Localizer middle marker, located 0.6 nautical miles (1.1 km) south of the Runway 02 threshold.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Junta Aeronáutica Civil stats (government)". Retrieved 26 January 2018.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ SkyVector Concepcion Airport
  3. ^ Airport information for Carriel Sur International Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ Airport record for Aeropuerto Internacional Carriel Sur at

External linksEdit