El Calafate airport (FTE)

Location details, contact information, airlines, departure and arrival flight status, transportation, facilities and services, parking, special passenger amenities, nearby hotels and answers to passengers' frequently asked questions.


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El Calafate airport (FTE)

Comandante Armando Tola International Airport, opened on November 17, 2000, is one of the most modern in the country and is situated next to Los Glaciares National Park, an international tourist destination spot with increasing interest. It mostly operates with domestic flights and occasional charters to Chile.

Official Website: aeropuertoelcalafate.com
Number of Terminals - 1 -
Airlines: Aerolíneas Argentinas (Tel +54 810 2228 6527), Lade (Tel +54 810 810 5233)
Annual passenger traffic: 600,000 passengers went through it in 2018.
Tel: +54 2902 491 220 / 229 / 230. E-mail: [email protected]


The airport is located 16 km (10 miles) northeast from the city of El Calafate.

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What services does El Calafate airport (FTE) facilities include

The airport has an ATM and Wi-Fi access free of charge.

Food and Drinks- There is a coffee shop in the public area and the Departures Hall.
Shopping- Convenience store, souvenirs, handicrafts, chocolates.
Baggage- Luggage trolleys available. In case of missing luggage, head to the counter of the corresponding airline or to the airport security police.
Other Services- Travel agency.


Accommodation near El Calafate airport (FTE)

In the city centre you can find several options, among them:

Hotel Alto Calafate (13.8 km/8.6 miles)
Tierra de Glaciares Aparts Cabañas & Hotel (13.9 km/8.6 miles)
Todos Los Glaciares (14.4 km/8.9 miles)
Terraza Coirones Hotel (14.4 km/8.9 miles)
Design Suites Calafate (14.6 km/9.1 miles)


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Public and private transportation

Bus - Ves Patagonia Airport Shuttle (Tel +54 2902 494 355) provides door-to-door transport services from the airport to downtown El Calafate. Buses leave after the arrival of every flight and can be booked at the counter located in the Arrivals Hall.
Transporte Las Lengas (Tel +54 2902 414 310) operates direct minibuses to El Chaltén thrice a day, with an average journey time of 3 hours, while Taqsa Marga (Tel +54 2902 491 843) offers buses to Río Gallegos and Puerto Natales.

Taxi - The official operator at the enclosure is Cóndor (Tel +54 2902 492 802 / 491 655 / 497 655), with cabs available outside the terminal. The trip to the city centre takes approximately 20 minutes.

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Car rental agencies

Car rental companies present inside the terminal are:

Budget (Tel +54 2902 492 829 / 810 999 2834 - Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, weekends from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm)
Dubrovnik (Tel +54 2902 496 222)
Europcar (Tel +54 2902 488 254 - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Fiorasi (Tel +54 2902 495 330)
Hertz (Tel +54 2902 493 033 / 493 283 / 492 525 - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Localiza (Tel +54 2902 491 398 - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Sixt (Tel +54 2966 709 666 - 7:00 am to 8:00 pm)


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Parking services at El Calafate airport (FTE)

The parking lot is located opposite the terminal building and is free.


Facilities for passengers with special needs

There are basic access facilities, like ramps and adapted toilets. It is advised to contact your airline in advance if you should require any kind of special assistance.

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Latest updates: June 21, 2020