September 03, 2010
For decades, the popular Jorge Newberry Domestic Airport of the Argentine capital city, Buenos Aires, commonly called the “Aeroparque” has been an icon of the South American metropolis, located at one edge of the city itself, by the La Plata River’s estuary. Thousands of national and international travelers use the Aeroparque for the domestic flights taking them from Buenos Aires to many of the most touristic destinations throughout the vast country, to places like Mendoza, Cordoba, Iguazù, Ushuaia, Patagonia, El Calafate among many more.
The Argentine aviation authorities have recently announced that, in order to conduct technically planned maintenance and improvement works, the domestic airport of Buenos Aires will be closed from the 20th of October to the 5th of December of this year. The works are aimed to optimize the overall operational security of the airport in all of its components. For instance, for the first time in 50 years, the runway will be completely reconstructed and will be widened by 45 meters (148 feet), in order to comply with the regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization for Regional flights. The improvements will include a new system of daylight signaling, beacons and a new central energy building. These repair, maintenance and improvement works involve an investment of 60 million Argentinean Pesos.
During the closing of Jorge Newberry or Aeroparque Airport, all flights normally arriving and departing to and from this airport, will be diverted to Ezeiza, the International Airport of Buenos Aires, located outside the capital city. Ezeiza Airport, in turn, is already undertaking its share of works to allow the air station and terminal buildings to be totally able to operate simultaneously the international and domestic flights. These works include new luggage belts, special check-in counters and new security systems, in order to offer all the passengers utilizing the country’s main airport, the highest levels of safety and service.
The plan includes a mid-term purpose to allow Ezeiza International Airport to permanently continue receiving international and domestic flights, expecting to receive thirteen million passengers by the year 2013 and to perform some 90.000 operations, annually, on its renewed platform of 186.00 square meters.
Nevertheless, the traditional Aeroparque, so cherished by the Argentineans, fully revamped and improved on its infrastructure, facilities and services, will continue to operate again, once it reopens on the 5th of December, bringing back the livelihood to that part of the Greater Buenos Aires and giving the passengers, particularly for domestic and short to mid-range regional flights, with an easy, safe and comfortable alternative, right by the city centre.