photo of the beautiful city of Santiago Chile

Santiago is the capital and largest city of Chile. Located in the Chilean Central Valley, it was named after the biblical figure St. James during the colonial times. The city is shaped by the surrounding hills, mountains and vineyards, and split in the middle by the fast-flowing Mapocho River.

The climate of Santiago follows a Mediterranean weather pattern, with hot, dry summers and mild, moist winters. Between October and May there is hardly any rain, making it the best time to visit and experience everything the area has to offer. Just on the outskirts of the city and within a few hours’ drive, you can reach the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Travelers can enjoy skiing in the Andes Mountains, or go surfing on the numerous beaches. Be sure to catch a breathtaking view of Santiago with the Andes Mountains in the background from Cerro San Cristobal (hill).

The city boasts an extensive array of 19th-century neoclassical architecture, and also some iconic structures from the Spanish colonial period. Spend the day exploring the numerous grand buildings and museums. At Santiago’s original center, Plaza de Armas, you can find a number of historic landmarks.

In addition to its historic aspects, Santiago is also modern city that is the cultural, political and financial center of Chile. With the establishment of many large corporations and major companies, the city has developed a thriving modern business center known as Sanhattan. Visitors can indulge in fine dining at a wide range of top national and international restaurants. Catch a view of the city in a 360-degree view at night from the Torre Costanera, currently the tallest structure in Latin America. The city’s nightlife also has a lot to offer, with many traditional dance and music clubs to explore. A must visit for Jazz fans is Santiago’s most famous venue, Club de Jazz.

Tips for operating to Santiago, Chile

Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA: SCL/ICAO: SCEL) is also known as Santiago International Airport and Pudahuel Airport. SCEL is the largest and busiest international airport located in Pudahuel, northwest of downtown Santiago, Chile. In 2013, it was also declared the seventh busiest airport in Latin America (according to aircraft movements). The airport serves all domestic, international and civil-military aviation services. SCEL is also open for General Aviation.

The Santiago International Airport offers Airport of Entry, as well as customs and immigration services 24 hours a day. However, customs clearance must be requested 12 hours before arrival. PPR/landing permit is mandatory. Landing permits are required for both non-revenue private and non-scheduled commercial flights into Chile. Landing Permits can be arranged 12 hours before your arrival, along with submission of insurance and registration certificates. Slot booking is not required. The airport is fully-equipped for all ground handling services, and parking is available for both small and large aircraft. Due to the high volume of traffic at this airport, we recommend you send a request for a parking space 24 hours before arriving. Helicopter transfer services are also available.

Jetex Luxury FBO in SCEL

Jetex is proud to have established a strong presence in Santiago, Chile. Operators flying to SCEL can benefit from our branded luxury FBO, which provides local expertise and adheres to the Jetex global standards. Amenities available include:

  • Full ground handling
  • Onsite immigration and customs clearance
  • 1,400m2 of hangar space for aircraft parking, including helicopter parking
  • Gourmet catering
  • Fuel uplift services
  • Premium VIP lounge
  • Fully operational Flight Planning Room
  • Exceptional concierge services

Jetex Flight Support is a one-stop-source for international trip planning. We can arrange everything you need for operating to and for staying in Chile.

Contact our Santiago FBO for further details:

Tel: +56 22 674 4000

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