Airfield Guide
Punta Arenas - Pres. Carlos Ibañez del Campo
ICAO Code:SCCI/PUQInfo Last Validated:mar15
City:Punta ArenasPosition:53°00'10"S 070°51'17"W
Runway(s):01/19, 07/25, 12/30Elevation:139 ft

Punta Arenas is the capital of Chile’s southernmost region, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena. It is the largest city in southern Chile and of strategic importance. The airport is also the starting point for flights to Antarctica of which there are many in the Summer season, carrying both passengers and cargo. Day-tours even exist to King George Island. Punta Arenas handles quite a large number of passengers per year, mainly flying on LAN Airlines and Sky Airline. The Chilean Air Force maintains an interesting presence too, with based F-5E/F Tiger IIs and a varying mix of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft.


The air base covers quite a large area west of the Straint of Magellan. It has three runways, more or less in a triangle shape. Only the east-west runway has a taxiway along the runway. North of this runway there are some inactive dispersals of the Chilean Air Force. On the south side of this runway you will find on the most western apron the cargo and Aerovias DAP apron. The civil terminal is in the south east corner of runways 07/25 and 01/19. On the most eastern side of the airport you will find the barracks and maintenance area of the air force.

Getting There

Basically the only way the get to Punta Arenas is by plane. There are some roads leading to Punta Arenas, but all go from isle to isle via Argentina. In order to fly to Punta Arenas one could only fly from Santiago as no international flights are oper- ated from the airport, except in high season, when there are some flights to Ushaia, which is the most southern city in the world.

Around The Airport
Civil terminal

The airport has large windows airside, but the views are limited to straight forward. Gates at both sides obstruct any view to the cargo and military platform. Even the far right-hand side of the apron is difficult to see. Outside one can walk both west and east though. The first offers a look at the cargo and Aerovias DAP apron, the second leads to the cargo building with elevated views onto the runway.

Approach 25

Main road 9, east of the airfield, offers plenty road-side parking space to choose a position on final. The airfield itself is totally out of view here, because of its elevation above the road. During daytime, 25 is the usual runway in use. At night, airliners have also been seen landing on runway 12. Large aircraft can be shot from here with almost any tele lens, but at least 300mm are needed for jets like the F-5.
For the sake of completeness: dirt road Y-530 offers no vieuws onto the field.

This photo illustrates the restricted view from the terminal at airside, due to gates extending left and right. (Rob van Ringelesteijn)
Rob van Ringelesteijn shot this F-5 on short final at spot 2.
  • 121.900
    Punta Arenas Ground
  • 118.700
    Punta Arenas Torre
  • 123.900, 128.100
    Punta Arenas Centro
  • Bell 412SP
  • F-5E Tiger III
    F-5F Tiger III
  • UH-05 (Bo105CBS)
    C212-100 (wfu)
  • various
  • C-45H, in barracks south of threshold 25, visible from road to terminal
  • Mirage 50CN, just north of main gate
  • F-80C, at main gate as "333"
  • T-33A as "323", in the city
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