Top 10 busiest airports in South America

What are the largest / busiest airports in South America?

The South American continent has thirteen countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela) and a French overseas department (French Guiana).

More than 420 million people live in South America, only a small part of them regularly travel by plane. However, the number is growing, just like the number of tourists visiting the continent. The airports benefit from this. The most populated city in South America, São Paulo, has two large airports, one is mainly used for international flights (São Paulo Guarulhos Airport) and one mainly for domestic flights (São Paulo Congonhas Airport). The same is true for the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, with the international airport Ministro Pistarini and the national airport Jorge Newbery.

The biggest airlines in South America are LATAM Airlines (Chile), Gol (Brazil), Avianca (Colombia), Azul (Brazil) and Aerolíneas Argentinas (Argentina).

Top 10 largest / busiest airports in South America, 2017

Position Airport Total passengers
1 São Paulo Guarulhos Airport (Brazil) 37.700.000
2 Bogota El Dorado Airport (Colombia) 30.989.932
3 Lima Jorge Chávez Airport (Peru) 22.046.042
4 São Paulo Congonhas Airport (Brazil) 21.859.453
5 Santiago de Chile Airport (Chile) 21.400.000
6 Brasília Airport (Brazil) 16.912.680
7 Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport (Brazil) 16.243.253
8 Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery Airport (Argentina) 13.797.710
9 Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini Airport (Argentina) 10.327.203
10 Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves Airport (Brazil) 10.164.077

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