El Loa Airport

El Loa Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto El Loa) (IATA: CJC, ICAO: SCCF), is the major airport serving Calama, a city in the Antofagasta Region of Chile. It is one of the largest airports in Chile.

El Loa Airport
Loa waiting.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerDirección de Aeronautica Civil de Chile (DGAC)
OperatorSociedad Concesionaria El Loa S.A
ServesCalama, Chile
Elevation AMSL7,631 ft / 2,326 m
Coordinates22°29′50″S 68°54′25″W / 22.49722°S 68.90694°W / -22.49722; -68.90694Coordinates: 22°29′50″S 68°54′25″W / 22.49722°S 68.90694°W / -22.49722; -68.90694
WebsiteWebsite in DGAC
CJC is located in Chile
Location of airport in Chile
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,040 9,974 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Sources: Landings.com[1] Google Maps[2] GCM[3]

The airport is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the city centre. It currently accommodates aircraft with a maximum wingspan of 36 metres (118 ft) thus limited to narrow body airliners like the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737. There are plans to construct a second runway with capacity to accommodate wide body jets and military aircraft.

The Calama VOR-DME (Ident: LOA) is located 0.7 nautical miles (1.3 km) off the approach threshold of Runway 28. The Calama non-directional beacon (Ident: LOA) is located on the field.[4][5]

Passengers disembarking a flight from Santiago in 2008


Passenger TerminalEdit

A new passenger terminal was inaugurated in 2014. With a total area of 8,100 square metres (87,000 sq ft), it includes three air bridges, an expanded apron and twelve commercial locations. In addition, there was extensive landscaping around the terminal and a new 500 space car park was built. The terminal has a few stores: duty-free shop, Air Britt and Pacific Club VIP lounge.

Other facilitiesEdit

In parallel to the development of the new terminal, a new 28-metre (92 ft) high control tower, fire brigade service centre, Air Club Hangar, and wastewater treatment plant were opened.


Airlines and DestinationsEdit

JetSmart Concepción, La Serena, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Chile La Serena, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
Sky Airline Concepción, La Serena, Santiago de Chile


The number of passengers has been: 2004: 247,821 2005: 273,275 2006: 315,725 2013: 1,441,566

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Airport record for Aeropuerto Internacional El Loa at Landings.com
  2. ^ "Location of El Loa Airport". Google Maps. Google.com. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  3. ^ Airport information for El Loa Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ Calama VOR
  5. ^ Calama NDB

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