In Sydney, Alvaro Barba, Consul General of Uruguay; Ricardo Bocalandro, Consul General of Argentina; Kerrie Mather, CEO, Sydney Airport; Oscar Cilli, Regional Manager, Aerolíneas Argentinas; and Pablo Hartstein, Consul of Argentina, jointly celebrated the arrival of Aerolíneas Argentinas’ first non-stop flight from Buenos Aires. The airline’s Sydney team also posed for the camera in their Aerolíneas Argentinas hats.
- On 1 July, Aerolíneas Argentinas inaugurated non-stop services on the trans-Pacific route from Buenos Aires (EZE) to Sydney (SYD), which was previously served via Auckland in New Zealand. The thrice-weekly service is operated with A340s, and comes as a result of Qantas withdrawing from Buenos Aires in favour of Santiago de Chile at the end of last winter season. Sydney Airport’s CEO Kerrie Mather said: “Latin America is one of our major growth markets with more Australians discovering its amazing cities and incredible natural attractions.” Additionally, Aerolíneas Argentinas started a new route from the popular Patagonian ski resort of Bariloche (BRC) to São Paulo (GRU). Twice-weekly services are offered on the 3,000-kilometre trans-border route between Argentina and Brazil, which will be operated with 737-700s. There is no direct competition on either of the new routes.