Thursday, April 19, 2012

ROUTE UPDATES: Aerolineas Argentinas Plans Major Increase in Domestic & Regional Service from Buenos Aires Ezeiza

As Aerolineas Argentinas enters the Skyteam airline alliance as a full member, the carrier is adding many flights at Ezeiza International, Buenos Aires' intercontinental airport, to connect with its own overseas flights and those of the six Skyteam members that fly into EZE; Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, Delta and KLM.

Most of the new domestic flights will be added starting in July with regional South American flights to be added later in 2012. 

Many of the domestic flights will be routes that were previously operated from EZE that will be reinstated after having moved to Aeroparque (AEP), Buenos Aires' domestic airport, a few years ago, while others will be new destinations never before served from EZE with all service until now always having been from AEP.


Eff 01Jul12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Iguazu (IGR):  

New daily nonstop service with the 737-700. 

IGR serves Iguazu Falls, the most extensive waterfalls in the world and Argentina's number one tourist destination.

Flight      Routing    Dep   Arr      Equipment  Days

AR1724   EZEIGR    0655  0840   737-700     Daily

AR1725   IGREZE    1820  2010   737-700     Daily

Eff 01Jul12 - 31Aug12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Bariloche (BRC): 

Sister-company Austral Embraer 190's will replace Aerolineas 737-700's.  It is surprising that they will be using a smaller aircraft in July and August considering that these are the high-season winter months for skiing at Bariloche's Cerro Catedral mountain, one of the most heavily-skied resorts in Argentina.

Flight     Routing    Dep    Arr      Equipment   Days

AR2698   EZEBRC   0715   0935   EMB-190     Daily

AR2687   BRCEZE   1840   2045   EMB-190     Daily

Effective 01Sep12 the service will operate as a circle route in each direction daily, also with Austral EMB-190's but to be replaced by AR 737-700's on 01Nov12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) – Bariloche (BRC) – El Calafate (FTE) – Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP)

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - El Calafate (FTE) - Bariloche (BRC) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) 

Eff 02Aug12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Ushuaia (USH):

Austral EMB-190 service increases from 4 to 10 weekly to this natural beauty destination located on the Beagle Channel with a mountainous backdrop and known as the southernmost city in the world.

Eff 01Nov12 the flights will be taken over by Aerolineas with 737-700's.

Eff 01Sep12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Trelew (REL):

New daily nonstop service using 737-700's extending to El Calafate (FTE) southbound and operating Ushuaia (USH) - Trelew (REL) - Buenos Aires (EZE) northbound.   

Trelew is in Patagonia on the Atlantic Ocean near Puerto Madryn, which is famous for whale-watching.

Eff 07Sep12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - El Calafate (FTE):

New daily nonstop service using 737-700's extending to Ushuaia (USH) in both directions with an upgrade to 737-800's eff 01Nov12.

El Calafate is near the Perito Moreno glacier, one of Argentina's foremost tourist sights.  

Eff 01Oct12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Tucuman (TUC):  

New daily nonstop service using Austral EMB-190's.  Despite being a relatively short flight it will be operated with a very late departure and return in the middle of the night as indicated below.

Flight       Routing   Dep    Arr        Equipment  Days

AR2478    EZETUC   2235  0030+1  EMB-190    Daily

AR2479    TUCEZE   0210  0350      EMB-190    Daily

Eff 01Dec12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Mendoza (MDZ):
Aerolineas 737-700's will replace Austral EMB-190's on this once-daily nonstop service in each direction.

The editor of this blog believes that this will be the first time that Iguazu, Trelew, and Tucuman have been served from EZE and possibly El Calafate and Ushuaia too.

Information on international service changes by AR at EZE will follow in the next blog posting.

Source: via Eric Trum

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