Airport in Santiago, Chile reopens with limited service

Airport in Santiago, Chile reopens with limited service

March 4, 2010

Limited flights began operating in and out of  Santiago de Chile yesterday, following Saturday’s massive earthquake.

The runways and air traffic control systems were undamaged in the quake.  Unfortunately, the passenger terminal building sustained heavy damage.

Our contacts in Chile report that the airlines are trying out all kinds of creative solutions to get stranded passengers back on track – tents set up outside with computers powered by generators, stairs to board flights, and employees working by flashlight at night.

Most carriers are offering free date changes for passengers scheduled to travel to or from Santiago before March 5.  For travel after March 6, the situation is still unclear.   Please contact your Exito agent for assistance in evaluating your options.

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