Airports

Buenos-Aires-Airports

Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini (EZE) Airport

In Argentina there two main airports. Ministro Pistarini is the main International Airport in Argentina that connects you to Patagonia and is 30km to the south of the main part of town. 

Immigration in Buenos Aires can be a length process depending on when your flight arrives. 

Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (AEP) Airport

Jorge Newbery is mainly used for domestic flights and is only a 10-15 minute taxi ride from the nicest parts of the city. From here you can get internal flights to El Calafate, and travel onwards by bus or transfer to areas such as El Chalten and Puerto Natales.

Moving between the two airports can take 1-2 hours depending on traffic, and as customs and baggage reclaim can take a while we'd normally allow at least 5 hours between arriving in one and departing the other.

Santiago de Chile (SCL) Airport

This is the main International Airport in Chile that connects you to Patagonia. From here you will be able to get internal flights to/from Punta Arenas and travel onwards by bus to reach areas such as Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine. 

Immigration can be a lengthy process. On arrival, you'll need to pay your reciprocity fee (if required) and you will have to fill out two forms: a customs declaration and an entrance slip which will be stamped, and you will return upon leaving the country.

Customs are very strict in Chile, so be sure to declare any items you are unsure of, including any food, as you may be charged if you do not.

Airport Taxes

Argentina and Chile require people of certain nationalities to pay an entry fee on arrival in the country. This is called a reciprocity fee, and you can find out more about who has to pay them and how much they cost here.

There is an $18 USD departure fee for leaving Argentina and a $30 USD departure fee for leaving Chile. It is usually included in the price of your airline ticket.

Transfers

If you do not have a transfer from the airport arranged, it can be a good idea to prebook a taxi - we recommend a company called Ezeiza Taxi.

What is my baggage allowance...

  • On international flights from Europe?

    British Airways

    • Hand baggage 23kg - 56 x 45 x 25 (22 x 18 x 10in) including handles, pockets and wheels
    • Additional handbag/laptop bag: 23kg - dimensions must be less than 40 x 30 x 15cm (16 x 12 x 6in)
    • Hold baggage: 23kg - dimensions must be less than 90 x 75 x 43cm (35.5 x 29.5 x 16in) including handles, pockets and wheels

    Iberia

    • Hand baggage: No weight restriction - dimensions must be less than 56 x 45 x 25cm (22 x 18 x 10in)
    • Hold baggage: 23 kg - dimensions must be less than 158cm (62in) for combined height + length + width

    Air France

    • Hand baggage: 12kg - dimensions must be less than 55 x 35 x 25cm (21.5 x 13.5 x 9in)
    • Additional handbag/laptop bag: No weight restriction - dimensions must be less than 40 x 30 x 15cm (16 x 12 x 6in)
    • Hold baggage: 23kg - dimensions must be less than 158cm (62in) for combined height + length + width including handles, pockets and wheels

    LATAM

    • Hand baggage: 8kg - dimensions must be less than 55 x 35 x 25cm (21.5 x 13.5 x 9in) including handles, pockets and wheels
    • Hold baggage: 23kg - dimensions must be less than 158cm (62in) for combined height + length + width including handles, pockets and wheels

    KLM

    • Hand baggage: 12kg - dimensions must be less than 55 x 35 x 25cm (21.5 x 13.5 x 9in) including handles, pockets and wheels
    • Additional handbag/laptop bag: 12kg total including hand baggage - dimensions must be less than 40 x 30 x 15cm (16 x 12 x 6in)
    • Hold baggage: 23kg - dimensions must be less than 158cm (62in) for combined height + length + width
  • On international flights from the USA?

    Delta

    • Hand baggage: No weight restrictions - dimensions must be less than 56 x 35 x 23cm (22 x 14 x 9in) including any handles and wheels
    • Additional handbag/laptop bag: one 'small' item that must fit under the seat in front
    • Hold baggage, 23kg - dimensions must be less than 157cm (62in) for combined height + length + width

    American Airlines

    • Hand baggage: No official weight restriction - dimensions must be less than 56 x 36 x 22cm (22 x 14 x 9in) including handles and wheels
    • Additional handbag/laptop bag: one 'small' item that must fit under the seat in front
    • Hold baggage: 23kg - dimensions must be less than 158cm (62in) for combined height + length + width

    United Airlines

    • Hand baggage: no official weight restriction -  dimensions must be less than 56 x 35 x 22cm (22 x 14 x 9in) including handles and wheels
    • Additional handbag/laptop bag: No official weight restriction - dimensions must be less than 43 x 25 x 22cm (17 x 10 x 9in)
    • Hold baggage: 23kg - dimensions must be less than 158cm (62in) for combined height + length + width including handles and wheels
  • On domestic flights within Patagonia?

    LATAM

    • Hand baggage: 8kg - dimensions must be less than 55 x 35 x 25cm (21.5 x 13.5 x 9in) including handles, pockets and wheels
    • Hold baggage: 23kg - dimensions must be less than 158cm (62in) for combined height + length + width including handles, pockets and wheels

    Aerolineas Argentinas

    • Hand baggage: 5kg - dimensions must not exceed 55 x 35 x 25cm (21.5 x 13.5 x 9in)
    • Hold baggage: 15kg - dimensions must be less than 158cm (62in) for combined height + length + width

    Sky Airlines

    • Hand baggage: 20kg - dimensions must not exceed 35 x 25  x 55cm (14 x 9 x 22in), including handles, pockets and wheels
    • Additional handbag/laptop bag: one 'small' item that must fit the following dimensions: 25 x 30 x 15 cm (9 x 11 x 5in).
    • Hold baggage: 23kg - no dimensions given
  • On international flights from Australia?

    Qantas

    • Hand baggage: No official weight restriction - dimensions must be less than 56 x 36 x 23cm (22 x 14 x 9in)
    • Additional handbag/laptop bag: one 'small' item that must fit under the seat in front
    • Hold baggage: 23kg - dimensions must be less than 158cm (62in) for combined height + length + width

    Air New Zealand

    • Hand baggage: 7kg - dimensions must be less than 118cm (46.5in) for combined height + length + width
    • Additional handbag/laptop bag: one 'small' item that must fit under the seat in front
    • Hold baggage: 23kg - dimensions must be less than 158cm (62in) for combined height + length + width

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Frequent Flyer Numbers

There are three main airline alliances which encompass the main airlines. The airlines most frequently used by our customers when travelling to Patagonia are:

  • Oneworld Alliance: American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, Iberia & LATAM Airlines
  • SkyTeam Alliance: KLM, Aerolineas Argentinas & Air France
  • Star Alliance: Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Copa Airlines & United Airlines

If you are a member of a frequent-flyer program you can either go online and add the miles yourself, or just let us know your frequent flyer number and we will inform our flight partners so they can add your miles for you.

Meals

On long haul flights, your meals will normally be included - this will not be the case on short, domestic flights.

If you have any particular dietary needs, please let us know so we can inform our flight parnters. The airline should be able to cater to your needs, but they will only be able to do this if they are informed in advance.