Uruguay Transportation - 2023


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National air transport system

number of registered air carriers: 2 (2020)

inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 5

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix



133 (2021)

Airports - with paved runways


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


257 km gas, 160 km oil (2013)


total: 1,673 km (2016) (operational; government claims overall length is 2,961 km)

standard gauge: 1,673 km (2016) 1.435-m gauge


total: 77,732 km (2010)

paved: 7,743 km (2010)

unpaved: 69,989 km (2010)


1,600 km (2011)

Merchant marine

total: 60

by type: container ship 1, general cargo 4, oil tanker 4, other 51 (2022)

Ports and terminals

major seaport(s): Montevideo

NOTE: The information regarding Uruguay 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 Uruguay 2023 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Uruguay 2023 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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