Aerolineas Argentinas 737-700 Economy Class Salta-Buenos Aires

I was not thrilled to buy a one-way ticket on Aerolineas Argentinas for the return to Buenos Aires. We wouldn’t accrue miles since they belong to the Sky Team Alliance. LAN Airlines, allied with Oneworld of which American Airlines is a member, would have made me “happier” but domestic flights land at Aeroparque Newbery in Buenos Aires and our International Flight on United Airlines leaves from Ezeiza Airport.

A previous flight on Aerolineas Argentinas will never be forgotten. A flight attendant told us to leave dinner trays on floor by our feet while landing. Did you ever? With no other way to connect without flying at the crack of dawn and then sitting in the airport all day, we sucked it up and bought a ticket.

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Salta Airport, Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport, is located 7 kilometers/4.2 miles southwest of Salta center. It is only a a 20 minute ride without traffic. Compact and easy to navigate, the departure area doesn’t open until approximately one hour before flight time. Ppassengers usually wait in a large eating area until then.

 tour route through Hidden North Argentina

tour route through Hidden North Argentina

Airlines Argentinas check-in at Salta Airport

Airlines Argentinas check-in at Salta Airport

Salta, Argentina airport departure board

Salta, Argentina airport departure board

 

Although the scheduled two-hour flight arrived late, it only took 1-1/2 hours from take-off to landing at Newbery Airport (AEP). Aerolineas served the same snack boxes we had on TAM. It was an easy flight with a pleasant crew and an empty middle seat. That made this experience on Aerolineas Argentinas light years away from that first trip.

waiting area at Salta Airport, Argentina

waiting area at Salta Airport, Argentina

Aerolineas Argentina 737-700 plane, Salta Airport

Aerolineas Argentina 737-700 plane, Salta Airport

on Aerolineas Argentina 737-700 equipment

on Aerolineas Argentina 737-700 equipment

 

Southern Explorations had arranged to have a representative meet and transfer us to Ezeiza International Airport (EZE). After a 20-minute wait with no one holding a “Simkin” sign, we threw in the towel, walked over to Manuel Tienda and arranged for a $60 USD private transfer. The transfer took one hour which I guess is average. It can take up to 1-1/2 hours depending on traffic and construction so allow enough time.

Aerolineas Argentina 737-700 snack box

Aerolineas Argentina 737-700 snack box

Aerolineas Argentina 737-700 landing at Newbery Airport (AEP), Buenos Aires

Aerolineas Argentina 737-700 landing at Newbery Airport (AEP), Buenos Aires

 

NOTE: Southern Explorations refunded the $60 USD without a problem and apologized for an obvious miscommunication between them and their local operator.

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