Welcome to my latest series of reports from my holidays last months. It all started las year when I found good rates for flights to Italy departing from Foz de Iguassu in neighboring Brazil and arriving Buenos Aires on the way back. I didn´t think too much about it and got the tickets. There were plenty options of timing but fewer options on dates. It all ended with me flying out on my 29th birthday date. Finally the itinerary was like this:
- AEP – IGR on LATAM Argentina A320 (I got this one with miles) YOU ARE HERE - IGU – GIG on LATAM Brasil A320 - GIG – FRA on Lufthansa Boeing 747 (my First time! yay!) - FRA – LIN on Lufthansa A320 - FLR – ZRH on Swiss A220 (also First time!) - ZRH – EZE on Edelweiss A340
On the flight´s date I arrived AEP approximately 3 hours and a half on a shuttle from my city, Rosario (it’s a 4 hour-ish drive). I had already checked in on LATAM´s app a couple of days before. I also had bought my baggage. This is new in LATAMPASS tickets. The baggage has a cost of ARS 750 (about 17 USD).
I went to LATAM´s counters, there wasn’t almost anybody so the issue was quick. I dispatched my luggage and I got my boarding pass for that flight. Then I asked the agent if she could check me in for the continuing flights since the first leg was starting with LATAM Brasil. She checked on the system and issued me boarding passes for my whole flights (I couldn’t do it on either LA nor LH apps). The only thing she couldn´t do was choose seats for me.
Once I got all my boarding passed I had a stroll in AEP. It´s been a long time since I step a foot in this airport (last time was in 2013). Upstairs I found a resting area on the land side with sockets. So I sat there while answering some birthday greetings and finishing some work.
At midday I went downstairs to the food court. I grabbed some lunch from Mc Donald´s. I found they opened many bars and restaurants since I last departed from AEP.
An hour before boarding I went through security check. As I still had some time to kill I walked on the airside and spotted some aircraft.
LATAM Argentina A320 (LV-BRA) which I flew to IGR
Then I saw many people gathering and some screaming. I came to see and I spotted presidential candidate Alberto Fernandez, who just announced he was running for presidency last week. There were many people around, including airport staff.
A little later my flight´s boarding was announced on gate 6. At the same time Aerolineas Argentinas was boarding another aircraft bound for IGR too.
My boarding pass
Inside the A320. Old blue seats. I was one of the firsts to board. My seat was 24L.
Boarding process was a little slow, the flight was 100% full. Then the crew introduced themselves and at 13.25 we headed toward the runway and took off.
Avianca Argentina´s ATR. On those days they were making their last flights.
Capital Federal area
The flight itself was relaxed. I spent some time watching the route on LATAM Play app. I also read the magazine on board. On the app there was a good offer of TV shows and movies, but this flight is so short I didn’t feel like starting a 2 hour movie.
30 minutes after departing, the FAs offered some drinks. This was all the service on board. Later they came to retrieve the trash.
At 14.40 the captain announced we were descending and asked to fasten the seatbelts. Unfortunately it was so cloudy I could see anything. Only when we were 5 minutes away for landing I could see some.
Finally, at 15.05 we landed, a couple of minutes earlier than expected. We stopped on the platform and deplaned through stairs. It was my second time in Iguazu (my first time was on a family trip 9 years ago) and the airport didn´t look very changed. But I could see a lot of upgrade work going on.
I love the tarmac views
My baggage came quickly and I went to look for my shuttle to Foz de Iguazu on the Brazilian side. I choose to sleep there because next day I was departing from IGU airport.
Buenos Aires - AEP
Puerto Iguazu - IGR
The flight experience was ok. The only bad thing was the poor service. It´s been a while since I last flew domestic in Argentina. Perhaps a chocolate or some biscuits would have made the service look better. The FAs and the pilots seemed very nice and relaxed on the announcements.
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