I was wondering if the possibility of adding a 2nd runway at AEP, long enough for Intercontinental flights, has ever been discussed. This 2nd runway would have to be parallel to the existing one and located in the River Plate. Such a development would give plenty of space for terminals and other vital infrastructure to make AEP the leading airport in Buenos Aires.
Several massive airports around Asia have shown that such projects are technically feasible if money is no object.
-Clearly airlines and passengers prefer flying into the close-in Aeroparque contra the distant Ezeiza.
- Having split operations has also had a major role in inefficiencies at perpetual loss-making Aerolineas Argentinas and is a PITA for connecting passengers.
I assume the River is very shallow outside the airport and that development would be cheaper than a clean-slate project such as Osaka.
Looking at maps I don't see a runway further out in the river being an issue for any NIMBY's as it doesn't seem that flights would overfly populated areas.
Perhaps landing fees at the new airport could be higher than at Ezeiza which could be kept for use by cargo and low-cost/price airlines and for inevitable future growth.
Some of the funding could come from not spending the money anticipated on upgrading Ezeiza and a new rail connection there.
As an aside, how are developments mentioned in this thread coming along?
New Masterplan For EZE - Finally! (by Marambio Jul 4 2005 in Civil Aviation)#ID2204292