Argentina lose connections to 18 cities worldwide

dsp27

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17 airlines have left Argentina is the past 3 years!? BS.
Who?
Qatar, Emirates, Azul (to be back, Air New Zealand, and LATAM Argentina (thou regional affiliates retain a market share.
Who are the other 15 airlines?
 

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Hi All,
Sorry that I don’t know how to attach the actual article., this is from today.
Just highlight the URL of the story in the address bar of your browser, press Ctrl-C to copy, switch to the tab with BAExpats open, place the cursor in the part where you type your comment, and press Ctrl-V to paste. Easy as falling off a log.
 

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i mean, who is traveling to any of these from BA anyway? the only one mildly annoying is auckland, but probably you can get there from santiago.

Auckland, Belo Horizonte, Cabo Frio, Caracas, Doha, Dubai, Fortaleza, João Pessoa, Los Angeles, Maceió, Manaus, Natal, Navegantes, Porto Seguro, Quito and Recife.
Doha, the venue of the next World Cup, a substantial number of Argentine football supporters, promoters, and freeloaders from the Argentine government will be heading that way shortly.
 

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Doha, the venue of the next World Cup, a substantial number of Argentine football supporters, promoters, and freeloaders from the Argentine government will be heading that way shortly.
one in a lifetime type of demand...
 

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17 airlines have left Argentina is the past 3 years!? BS.
Who?
Qatar, Emirates, Azul (to be back, Air New Zealand, and LATAM Argentina (thou regional affiliates retain a market share.
Who are the other 15 airlines?
Sadly this original report is largely accurate. To understand better why so many airlines have left Argentina it's not as simple as it seems.

EZE Airport is the second most expensive airport in the world to land an aircraft, only Tokyo is more costly for airlines. The air carriers must pass these costs to the travelling public in ticket prices etc. This reason for this is that the Peronist (Kirchnerista) government awarded AA2000 the body that controls most airports in Argentina with lucrative long term contracts, and they must recharge the airlines for the forseable future with exhorbitant landing fees, and high priced concessions. Many airlines can only consider flying to Argentina to cover these costs if their passenger load factor is high. BA, for example fly via Sao Paulo as direct flights from London are not currently economic.
 

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one in a lifetime type of demand...

Nope that is incorrect, demand from the Middle East was strong before the pandemic, Qatar Airways flights consistently had high load factors and Turkish Airlines current service from Istanbul is dong well. Doha, Istanbul and if Emirates return Dubai, enable good connectivity to Asia from South America. There is strong demand especially business traffic.
 

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17 airlines have left Argentina is the past 3 years!? BS.
Who?
Qatar, Emirates, Azul (to be back, Air New Zealand, and LATAM Argentina (thou regional affiliates retain a market share.
Who are the other 15 airlines?
Total BS. If you want to go back 15 years perhaps you’ll find QANTAS/ Malaysia/ Edelweiss (taken over by Swiss) / South African/ Amazonas/ Conviasa (kinda back now) / Estelar (also kinda back now) to add to the list unless you count various now defunct airlines…Alitalia/ SouthernWinds/ Plus Comet/ Mexicana/ Alas/ Pluna etc.

Anyway the biggest issue here although generally cyclical, isn’t lack of demand or load factor, especially for high yielding business class fares and cabins, but high costs, extreme currency distortions and inflexible labour laws that simply don’t match up against the realities of airline operation taking us right back to point one. As always in Argentina this means it is often more profitable to work/ produce less, earn a bit less revenue but yield way more thanks to having lower costs and artificially pressured demand due to reduced capacity.

To get around generally higher prices and sketchy availability to/ from Argentina, I suggest to fly to GRU or GIG and book another ticket from there to wherever you’re going.
 

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The latam flight from Neuquén to Santiago and then to anywhere else in the world was the best.

You could do anywhere ein one day and without switching airports...RIP.
 

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The latam flight from Neuquén to Santiago and then to anywhere else in the world was the best.

You could do anywhere ein one day and without switching airports...RIP.

Agree Santiago (SCL) was a much better option especially for Argentines living far from Buenos Aires. You could avoid the hassle of flying into Aeroparque then transferring to Ezezia. Living in Mendoza at the time you could quickly get to most places internationally. Unfortunately the current Argentine government ensured the demise of Latam Argentina to protect state funded Aerolineas Argentinas. This now limits connectivity from cities remote from the capital. Fly Bondi are doing their best but again facing hinderance from the government.
 
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