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The new terminal that will make Ezeiza Airport the most modern in Latin America will be inaugurated after the summer season


The 'Zeppelin' will have more than 100 self-check-in and automatic baggage clearance stations, and 3D tomographs to control luggage, among other advances.

The name refers to the airship of a famous dairy food brand that flew through the sky 25 years ago.

But, in this case, the concept of "Zeppelin" has more to do with an architectural concept than with the very fashionable self-propelled aircraft in the early years of the 20th century.

The truth is that at the

Ezeiza Airport

, the long-awaited renovations to give the new terminal a surface area of

​​48,000 square meters

resumed during the second half of last year.

The works, which a month ago were "80% completed" as indicated by the National Ministry of Transportation, also already have a scheduled and imminent deadline for inauguration.

The mega work (whose oval shape refers to a


and gives it its name) aims, among other things, to double the boarding gates, serve the growing flow of passengers more efficiently and provide more space for baggage claim.

It will have some technological advances that attract attention, such as

3D tomographs

to control the contents of the luggage and

128 self-check-in positions

, to speed up the classic waits and lines. 

In August the wheel turned again, when the Government announced that it would allocate $4,000 million.

The completion and inauguration, according to the Transport portfolio, is

scheduled for the second half of March. 

The works had begun during the Mauricio Macri administration, and originally the idea was to inaugurate it

before the 2019 elections,

but everything had to stop on September 24 of that year when a crane hooked a structure causing

a foreman and 13 other workers to die. they will be injured.

The inauguration of the terminal, of 48 thousand square meters, is scheduled for March.

In January 2020, the then Minister of Transportation, Mario Meoni, had been at the Airport to reactivate the works.

But a few weeks later the pandemic broke out and it was not until August of this year that they announced their resumption.

The Minister of Transportation,

Alexis Guerrera

, announced it with a tour of the works that, they assured, were already underway again.

The general characteristics of the work reveal

a main building distributed over two floors plus a basement


The Zeppelin is located on the ground floor, a 6,500-square-meter space for baggage claim, security control and immigration control operations, administrative and commercial areas, and the boarding and arrivals floors.

The new terminal

will have 166 check-in posts, 128 self-check-in posts, plus a new baggage transfer system called BHS

(Baggage Handling System) that incorporates state-of-the-art fully automated technology to

process up to 4,275 bags per hour


The building is the largest built in an airfield in the history of air navigation in the Argentine Republic.

Another striking aspect of the work is that it plans to replace the traditional scanners for suitcases with

3D tomographs,

which would allow a much more effective control of luggage entering and leaving the country.

Minister Alexis Guerrera on a tour, when the works resumed.

The work includes the remodeling of the Terminal A pre-boarding area, the main runway, new parking lots and a new road system.

"There will be five new baggage carousels, and the number of garages will increase by 53%, especially the decks that will go from 342 to 1835", detail from the Ministry of Transportation of the Nation.

As related works, in the runway area the main access was repaved, its taxiways and the beaconing system were repaired, and the junction between it and the secondary runway, whose reconstruction took place in 2017, was rebuilt.

Part of the works took place on land where the old International Hotel used to operate and in its planning included a new control tower with a 360-degree view, and a vision from 82 meters high.

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