Chile's public works ministry (MOP) plans to tender construction of the new Chaitén airport in southern region X during the second half of 2011, regional MOP director Enrique Hoelck told BNamericas.
The ministry will finance the project, which will cost an estimated 14bn pesos (US$29.1mn), Hoelck said.
The new facility will be built north of the existing airport, which has been closed since it was damaged by a volcanic eruption in 2008. The new location is important as it will allow for instrument-only landings, the official said.
"The disadvantage that the [existing] Chaitén airport had, was that its proximity to the foothills did not allow for instrument-only landings," he added.
The project involves construction of a passenger terminal, a control tower, a 1,500m by 30m runway, a heliport, access roads and complementary works.