Transportation and infrastructure

With modern highways and a high telecommunications penetration, the country stands out for its connectivity.

Monday, August 03, 2009  
Transporte e Infraestructura

In Chile you can enter and leave the country comfortably, visit its entire territory, and always remain connected.

The country comes in third in a world ranking of technological connectivity (Connectivity Scorecard) and also boasts a modern and growing network of highways, railways and top notch air and port facilities. This has fostered the active development of economic, tourist and cultural activities.

Chile is globally connected to the most important capitals in the world. There are 111 direct flights to Argentina from the Santiago airport every week, 14 to Mexico, 53 to cities in United States, 37 to cities in Europe, and 5 to New Zealand.

The following are the main airports in Chile for both passenger as well as cargo transport, along with their closest cities: Chacalluta, in Arica; Diego Aracena, in Iquique; Cerro Moreno, in Antofagasta; Desierto in Atacama, in Copiapó; La Florida, in Coquimbo; Torquemada, in Valparaiso; Mata Veri, in Easter Island; Carriel Sur, in Concepción; El Tepual, in Puerto Montt; Balmaceda, in Balmaceda, Aysén; Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, in Punta Arenas.

The Santiago International Airport is the one with the most traffic and is officially called Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez, IATA code: SCL, though it is also known as Pudahuel, which is the name of the municipality in western Santiago that it is located in.

Port system

With the exception of Santiago, all of Chile’s regions have major maritime terminals administered by the state and private companies. Around 80% of foreign trade circulates through the country’s ports and they are increasingly being reincorporated for passenger transportation with the growth in tourist cruise ship trips.

The main Chilean ports, with their respective distances from Santiago, are: Arica, 2,074  km;  Iquique 1,860 km; Antofagasta, 1,371 km; Caldera, 884 km; Coquimbo, 462 km; Valparaíso, 112 km; San Antonio, 105 km; Talcahuano, 521 km; Puerto Montt, 1,021 km; Castro, 1,198 km; Chacabuco, 1,758 km; Punta Arenas, 3,090 km.

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