The renovation and expansion of Santiago’s international airport is 20% complete, according to officials, and passengers can already experience some of the changes.
With a scheduled completion date of 2020, the new facilities will be able to handle 30 million passengers a year. In 2017 it welcomed 21.4 million passengers.
Boarding bridges will total 67 from the current 18. As well, the new international terminal building will have five levels, with an area of 175,000 sq. m. The project is expected to cost approximately US $900 million.
The consortium Nuevo Pudahuel won the 20-year contract in 2015. The consortium is comprised of VINCI Airports, Aéroports de Paris, and Astaldi.
The company promises the commercial space will have “new renowned” Chilean and international brands. As well, there will be a green space on top of the parking lot buildings where passengers will have “awe-inspiring” views.
Lonely Planet travel guide voted Chile as one the number 1 country to visit in 2018.