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Check-in Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The three airports in Buenos Aires are the J. Newbery AeroPark, Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport and the Comandante Espora Aero Station, in Bahía Blanca. The most important of them, the Ezeiza International Airport, is located 34 km from the city and serves international airlines as well as the national airlines that fly to foreign countries. The two other airports are generally utilized for domestic flights or to neighbouring countries only.

Most domestic flights, called "cabotaje" arrive and depart from Jorge Newbery AeroPark, located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Buenos Aires. It is necessary to pay an airport tax on these local flights. Jorge Newbery is located in the Palermo neighbourhood, only a few kilometres northeast of the center of the city. The airport is operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A. and is named after Argentine aviator Jorge Newbery. It is the main airport for domestic flights in Buenos Aires and only carries flights from Argentine and Uruguayan companies. We landed here when we arrived in Buenos Aires on our flight from Iguassu Falls.

Ezeiza Airport has long been home to the country's main airline, Aerolineas Argentinas, which was founded in 1949. There are three terminals at the Airport: Terminal A, the International Terminal; Terminal B, the Argentina Airlines Terminal; and Terminal C, the National Terminal. A general information desk is located within the International Terminal and is staffed from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm every day. The airport has a VIP room for members only, offering Internet access and fax machines. There are also bureaux de change outlets, cash machines (ATMs), restaurants, shops, parking facilities and a good choice of car hire companies.

We had several hours between flights after arriving from Australia on one occasion here and so we had plenty of time to explore the buildings. I must say I don’t think it is a particularly impressive airport and I was delighted that we were able to use the VIP lounge with its comfortable seats and finger food rather than having to wait in the general terminal.

Passengers connecting from Aerolíneas Argentinas international flights to domestic flights out of Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport are provided with a complimentary shuttle service to the AeroPark.

For transportation to the city there are usually bus, taxi or remise services that you can count on to take you to your hotel. Be aware, though, that the bus will only take you to the center of the city. The remise is a type of taxi in which the rates have already been previously established. In Ezeiza Airport, remise are contracted in the airport at established posts or booths. The microbus has a set departure schedule for its passengers. This service is quite inexpensive but the buses make several stops, therefore it could take up to 2 hours to get to downtown Buenos Aires from the airport.

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