Aerolíneas Argentinas’ plans to fly to Miami and New York from Aeroparque Airport in downtown Buenos Aires will have to wait. The delay in the security inspection carried out by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) forced the state-owned airline to postpone the start of flights, originally scheduled for August.
Aerolíneas intended to move three weekly flights to New York and four to Miami from Ezeiza to Jorge Newbery airport (the official name of Aeroparque) starting August 7th and 8th, but suspended the changes while the visit of the TSA team does not take place.
The TSA is an agency created by the US government after the terrorist attacks in September 2001 and is responsible for ensuring the security of the country’s airport infrastructure.
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According to the airline, flights scheduled for August, September and October are being relocated to Ezeiza Airport, 27 km away from downtown Buenos Aires, as there is no deadline for the TSA to inspect Aeroparque.
Runway expanded to 2,700 meters
Long-haul flights from the central airport became possible after expansion and modernization works carried out by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000.
The private company, which operates both Ezeiza and Aeroparque, expanded the airport’s single runway to 2,690 meters, expanded patios and a taxiway and built new facilities to accommodate the Airbus A330-200 widebodies, which will be used on both routes.
Aerolíneas’ privilege, however, should not last long due to the principle of reciprocity that governs international operations. This means that US carriers such as American Airlines are entitled to request slots at Aeroparque as well.
For now, Aerolíneas Argentinas can even use the central airport to fly to domestic destinations with the A330 since at least three airports in the country have the infrastructure to receive widebodies – Bariloche, Ushuaia and Calafate.