Santiago Airport Reopens for Limited Flights After Earthquake

28 February 2010 (Last Updated February 28th, 2010 18:30)

Santiago International Airport in Chile reopened for a limited number of incoming flights yesterday following a devastating earthquake across the country on the early morning of 27 February, which is feared to have left over 700 people dead. The 8.8-magnitude quake has left the airport'

Santiago International Airport in Chile reopened for a limited number of incoming flights yesterday following a devastating earthquake across the country on the early morning of 27 February, which is feared to have left over 700 people dead.

The 8.8-magnitude quake has left the airport's terminal damaged and initially forced a complete closure of operations causing the Chilean carrier LAN Airlines to temporarily suspend all operations to and from the city of Santiago.

According to Dow Jones, the Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said the airport was expected to reopen to incoming international flights yesterday.

Passengers are expected to be received at a temporary terminal as airport infrastructure, including runways and flights systems, were not damaged by the earthquake.

Other flights will be rerouted to airports in the north of the country as well as Mendoza in Argentina, which borders with Chile, where passengers will be taken by bus to Santiago.