The $400 million expansion of Buenos Aires' Ezeiza International Airport will be completed in late 2012, according to operator Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 (AA2000).
Press reports in Argentina quote AA2000’s infrastructure director, Marcelo Minoliti, as claiming that the project is back on track after recovering from some financing difficulties caused by the economic downturn.
“The government has not provided resources for this project and because of this, AA2000 has been the only [entity] responsible for obtaining the required financing,” says Minoliti. “Despite this, the project is not experiencing significant delays.”
The Ezeiza expansion plan includes building a new 140,000sqm international terminal and demolishing 50,000sqm of the existing facility. A new runway and 80 metre high control tower will also be built.
AA2000 was awarded the Ezeiza concession in 1998. The airport handled around eight million passengers in 2009, although AA2000 believes that with future expansion it has the potential to handle over 40mppa.