Air New Zealand has announced that its new Auckland to Buenos Aires, Argentina service is now on sale.
We believe this will be great for Kiwis flying to points in Argentina or Brazil via Buenos Aires. The fares will offer connections from Buenos Aires to 34 domestic destinations within Argentina, and a further 12 destinations within South America.
You will be also able to stopover in Buenos Aires enroute to Europe, this will be by flying onwards with Lufthansa into Frankfurt only!
However, If you are heading to other popular destinations in South America (e.g Galapagos, Peru) we’d still suggest that flying LAN via Santiago will be quicker and likely to be much cheaper given that Air NZ are partnering with Aerolineas Argentinas, who have a limited network in South America. They do fly to Lima, Rio, Sao Paulo & Santiago.
LAN/TAM have a far bigger network and offer through-fares to almost everywhere in South America.
Here’s the facts you need to know…
Air NZ will operate three return services a week with the first flight departing on 1 December 2015. The service will be operated by their refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft on a Tuesday, Friday & Saturday as follows:
NZ 30 Depart Auckland (AKL) 19:20 Arrive Buenos Aires (EZE) 15:00
NZ 31 Depart Buenos Aires (EZE) 23:59 Arrive Auckland (AKL) 05:30 2 days later
The aircraft is a Refitted 777-200ER with 26 Business Premier, 40 Premium Economy and 246 Economy seats, including 18 Economy Skycouch™ seats – a total of 312 seats.
Checked baggage will be 1 piece (max 23kgs per piece) in economy, 2 pieces in Premium Economy and 3 pieces in Business Premier.
Air New Zealand will enter into a code share agreement with Aerolineas Argentinas, subject to regulatory approval. Air New Zealand will also code share on services from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo in Brazil pending necessary approvals. This is not an alliance and therefore the rules that apply for passengers are the operating carrier’s. If a passenger has a connecting flight on the same ticket, the baggage may be through-checked if Air New Zealand has a baggage transfer agreement with the other airline. However, if you are stopping in Buenos Aires, the Aerolineas Argentinas baggage allowance applies for domestic Argentina flights (e.g to Mendoza, Iguazu Falls or Ushuaia) of 15kgs in economy. An extra 8kgs would cost 180 Pesos – approx NZD$30.
There are two main airports in Buenos Aires, Air New Zealand will operate into the Ezeiza International airport (EZE). Some domestic flights operate from Ezeiza International, however the majority of domestic flights operate from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP). Various transport options are available between the two airports including buses, shuttles and official taxis. The journey time can take anywhere between 60-90 minutes; this should be taken into consideration when planning an itinerary that requires a same-day connection.
Airpoints™ Gold (+1 guest), Elite (+1 guest), Elite Partner (+1 guest) and Koru members (+1 guest) on Air New Zealand operated flights will have access to the Star Alliance lounge at EZE Airport. They will be required to present their valid card to gain access to the lounge. Please note that Air New Zealand Gold, Elite, Elite Partner and Koru members departing on Aerolineas services are not entitled to use Star Alliance partner or Star Alliance operated lounges, regardless of their flight number.