Argentina's airport operator Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 (AA2000) has opened the new Terminal C at Buenos Aires Ezeiza International airport, completing the first phase of a general makeover of the airport.
The new terminal opened 14 July with Aerolineas Argentinas as the only carrier serving the terminal. But once the airline joins the SkyTeam alliance in 2012, its partners might also be authorised to use the facility.
During the inauguration ceremony, which Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner attended, AA2000's president Ernesto Gutierrez said: "This part of the airport is the first part of the new Ezeiza International airport" which will "double its capacity to 13 million yearly passengers" when finalised in 2013.
The new terminal, which required an investment of $150 million, has a surface of 21,000m2 and features eight new air-bridges.
During November 2010 part of the Terminal C was temporarily opened and adapted to cope with the operations transferred from Buenos Aires' Aeroparque airport, when runway renewal work forced a one month closure of the downtown airport.
Despite being Argentina's main point of entrance for long and medium haul flights, Ezeiza no longer exercises a real hub function since Aerolineas Argentinas transferred in 2010 most regional international flights to Aeroparque, which already handled all domestic flights to and from Buenos Aires.