translated from Spanish: Record of passengers at Santiago Airport: 24 million people during the year

This fact was celebrated with balloons and streamers in the main air venue of the country. At the scene, the passenger was awarded 24 million. That person, traveling from Puerto Montt, received six tickets for any destination in mainland Chile. Portfolio Minister Gloria Hutt said: “This milestone is very important because it shows the growth experienced by the airline industry and our main airport. With 24 million people flying in a year we see that more and more people can access air transport and see it as an option, considering that the data represents an increase of 800 thousand people, compared to the previous year.” This growth is mainly due to an increase in the trade routes of the different airlines, along with more low cost offers for different routes. As a Ministry we are promoting an Open Skies policy that is getting more and more results,” Hutt said in 2018, 23 million 200 thousand people circulated through the capital air terminal and in the history of the airport more than a billion Passengers. By 2020, the numbers are expected to continue to rise. In the high season, which began on December 5, an average 80,000 people a day are projected to circulate through the Santiago air terminal (between those who board and arrive). In this way, during January and February we could reach an increase of 5% compared to the same period of 2019.Due to the increase in flow, Martin Mackenna, Secretary General of the Civil Aeronautics Board, recommended to people that “it is key that (people) arrive in advance of the airport. This means doing so three hours in advance on international flights and two hours in domestic flights. In addition, we recommend that you check in electronically at your homes and check with your airlines for the number of bags and weight allowed.” During 2019, 15 new trade routes have been opened, including nine direct destinations operated from Santiago, including flights to Puerto Alegre, Quito and Brasilia, operated by LATAM, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia to through SKY; Arquipa, Puerto Natales, Trujillo, Salvador de Bahia and Cali by the airline JetSMART and Barcelona with a low cost model of the company Level. In addition, Gol opened his wings to Recife in Brazil.

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