Argentina Transportation - 2023


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National air transport system

number of registered air carriers: 6 (2020)

inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 107

annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 18,081,937 (2018)

annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: 311.57 million (2018) mt-km

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix



916 (2021)

Airports - with paved runways


civil airports: 15

military airports: 5

joint use (civil-military) airports: 16

other airports: 125

note: paved runways have a concrete or asphalt surface but not all have facilities for refueling, maintenance, or air traffic control; the length of a runway required for aircraft to safely operate depends on a number of factors including the type of aircraft, the takeoff weight (including passengers, cargo, and fuel), engine types, flap settings, landing speed, elevation of the airport, and average maximum daily air temperature; paved runways can reach a length of 5,000 m (16,000 ft.), but the “typical” length of a commercial airline runway is between 2,500-4,000 m (8,000-13,000 ft.)

Airports - with unpaved runways


note: unpaved runways have a surface composition such as grass or packed earth and are most suited to the operation of light aircraft; unpaved runways are usually short, often less than 1,000 m (3,280 ft.) in length; airports with unpaved runways often lack facilities for refueling, maintenance, or air traffic control


2 (2021)


29,930 km gas, 41 km liquid petroleum gas, 6,248 km oil, 3,631 km refined products (2013)


total: 17,866 km (2018)


total: 281,290 km (2017)

paved: 117,616 km (2017)

unpaved: 163,674 km (2017)


11,000 km (2012)

Merchant marine

total: 203

by type: container ship 1, bulk carrier 1 general cargo 8, oil tanker 33, other 160 (2022)

Ports and terminals

major seaport(s): Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, La Plata, Punta Colorada, Ushuaia

container port(s) (TEUs): Buenos Aires (1,446,452) (2021)

LNG terminal(s) (import): Bahia Blanca

river port(s): Arroyo Seco, Rosario, San Lorenzo-San Martin (Parana)

Transportation - note

Argentina operates one PC 5 or 6 class light icebreaker
note - PC indicates a Polar Class vessel: PC 5 - year-round operation in medium first-year ice which may include old ice inclusions (ice thickness up to 70-120 cm); PC 6 - summer/autumn operation in medium first-year ice which may include old ice inclusions (ice thickness up to 30-70 cm)

NOTE: The information regarding Argentina on this page is re-published from the 2023 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Argentina 2023 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Argentina 2023 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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