International Flights to Argentina
Argentina's capital city Buenos Aires is served by numerous international airlines.
From USA and North America, Buenos Aires is served by Aerolineas Argentinas, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, United Airlines and Air Canada.
From Europe, there are flights with Aerolineas Argentinas, Iberia and Lan (from Madrid), British Airways (from London), Air France (from Paris), Lufthanza (from Frankfurt) and KLM (from Amsterdam, though one flies via Sao Paulo), Tam (from Paris via Sao Paulo) and Alitalia (from Milan and sometimes Rome).
Buenos Aires is also well connected with almost all major capital cities in South America. In addition, there are flights from Panama City to both Buenos Aires and Cordoba (with Copa). There are also services to both Montevideo and Punta del Este in Uruguay with Aerolineas Argentinas and Sol. Lan also has international routings from both Bariloche and Mendoza to Santiago in Chile, as well as flights between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas in Chile.. For flights from Argentina to Brazil, there are routings from Buenos Aires to Florianapolis, Rio and Salvador in addition to Sao Paulo (with Tam). From Iguassu (Foz do Iguazu - there are two airports here) there are direct flights to Sao Paulo, Rio and Salvador (again with Tam).
The most extensive network of international flights from Argentina are offered by Aerolineas Argentinas, though LAN also flies various routes (see flights to Chile page for a route map).
Aerolineas Argentinas international routings.
Domestic and Internal Flights Within Argentina
Argentina has two major domestic airline carriers - Aerolineas Argentinas and Lan Argentina. Both of these airlines offer an airpass which might be good value if you plan on taking three or more flights. The Lan Airpass is good value, while the Aerolineas Argentinas airpass is normally more expensive than standard airfares. Generally speaking, Lan Argentina has a far higher standard of customer satisfaction compared to Aerolineas.
Lan Argentina Route Map
LAN has an extensive flight network in Argentina. Note also that they also sometimes have schedules from Rio Gallegos to Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands. There are also services from Bariloche and Mendoza to Santiago in Chile.
Aerolineas Argentinas Route Map
Aerolineas Argentinas, which codeshares many flights with Austral, have the most extensive domestic flight routings in Argentina. They also fly numerous international routes, including to Sydney. Sadly, they are often let down by their poor customer service, delays, regular strikes and the frequency of lost baggages. Aerolineas take the unwanted BigTravelWeb award of being the worst airline in South America. See our tips on Aerolineas flights discounts.
Lade Route Map
Lade is a less commonly known domestic airline, which none the less has an extensive network of flight routings, especially in Southern Argentina.
Sol Lineas Aereas is an airline with a range of flights that mainly cover North Argentina, in addition to flights to Uruguay. Destinations covered include Cordoba, Rafaela, Rosario, Santa Fe, Villa Gesell, Mendoza, Mar del Plata, Montevideo, Punta del Este and Buenos Aires (no route map available).
Other Domestic Airlines in Argentina
Other Argentinian domestic airlines include Andes, which flies between Buenos Aires and Salta, Puerto Madryn and Tucuman. Expect Andes, launched in 2006, to soon fly to other destinations in addition. Silver Sky is an airline based in Mendoza and flies to Cordoba as well as Buenos Aires. Southern Winds and American Falcon are airlines that have now collapsed and cease to offer services.
DAP is an airline offering flights in Southern Chile and Southern Argentina ie. Patagonia. Based in Punta Arenas (Chile), various destinations are covered including Puerto Natales, Porvenir, Pampa Guanaco, Cerro Sombrero, Rio Grande, Cabo de Hornos, Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, Mount Pleasant (Falklands Islands) and even King George Island (flights to Antarctica!). Charter flights are also available, as well as helicopter tours.
Advice on Flights and Cruise Connections
Argentina is the South American country where you are most likely to experience flight delays or airline strikes. Many fly to Ushuaia for an onward cruise to either Antarctica, or to Punta Arenas in Chile. I would strongly advise you to allow 2 nights (rather than just one) in Ushuaia before your cruise departs - the number of incidents of people missing extremely expensive cruises because of flight cancellations is high.