Inaugurated in 1972, Rosario International Airport is located 13km west of Rosario city in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina.

The airport is currently undergoing a major expansion to accommodate the increasing passenger traffic.

Scheduled to be completed by 2030, the expansion will increase the airport’s annual passenger handling capacity from 700,000 to three million by expanding the existing passenger terminal and adding a new terminal. It will also improve safety and regional economy by boosting tourism.

In 2016 the airport handled 510,056 domestic and international passengers, a 35% increase over 2015. It served 303,796 passengers between January and May 2017.

Details of terminal expansion and rehabilitation

The rehabilitation project will involve the construction of a new 36,800m² international passenger terminal to the west and north sides of the existing 32,500m² terminal building. The airport will continue to be operational during the construction.

Renovations will increase the total terminal area to approximately 69,000m², allowing the airport to cater to the growing number of international passengers. The old terminal will be dedicated to domestic flights upon completion of the project.

Existing boarding gates will be expanded to allow roughly 400 passengers at a time. The existing pavements and two main taxiways will be restored as part of the expansion project.

The existing international terminal apron will be revamped for the parking of up to eight aircraft under the expansion project.

Features of the new passenger terminal at Rosario airport

Rosario International Airport with the government of Santa Fe unveiled the rehabilitation plan for the construction of the new international passenger terminal in June 2016.

The new terminal building will have three levels, with the ground level housing duty-free shops at the departure and arrival halls. It will feature a pair of passenger boarding bridges to allow passengers to board and disembark.

Advanced baggage handling systems and modern seats providing a high level of comfort will be installed at the new terminal.

Other developments at Rosario International Airport

The Rosario International Airport’s airside facilities will be expanded from 3,630m² to 11,500m² with the addition of 6,320m² of asphalt surface area and 1,260m² of green space. This will support the operations of large aircraft. The cargo facility will be expanded to accommodate additional cargo.

A new parking garage will be built to create increased parking spaces for cars and buses. The existing lighting system will be replaced with new-generation LED lighting.

Construction of the roadway network will be undertaken to provide a better connection for passengers travelling to the city centre and other areas in the region.

Construction and financing of the expansion

A tender for the construction of the new terminal was issued in November 2017. Completion of the terminal is scheduled for 2018 at an estimated cost of ARS946m ($61.41m).

The airport rehabilitation will be funded jointly by the provincial government of Santa Fe and the Rosario International Airport.

Partners will initially invest approximately ARS450m ($26m) for the airside developments, which will commence in 2017.

Features and facilities of the existing Rosario International Airport

The Rosario International Airport, which covers a total area of 534ha, serves as the alternative to the Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport. The airport is connected to the Circunvalación de Rosario Avenue through two road networks, National Route No. 9 and Av. Jorge Newbery.

An upgrade for the old passenger terminal to meet international standards was carried out in 2004. Their airport features the single 02/20 runway with a concrete surface, measuring 3,000m-long and 45m-wide, and 23m-wide Alpha-Bravo taxiways.