Aerolineas Argentinas axes Sydney-Buenos Aires flights, exits Australia

By David Flynn, November 12 2013

Aerolineas Argentinas is axing its Sydney-Buenos Aires flights in a move which will see the South American airline exit the Australian market.

A spokesperson at the airline's Sydney office confirmed the Sydney-Buenos Aires service, which currently runs three days a week, has been cancelled as of 2 April 2014.

This will leave Qantas and LAN – both members of the oneworld alliance – as the sole airlines offering direct services between Sydney and South America, although their flights arrive into Santiago, Chile.

That's an obvious inconvenience if you want to go to Buenos Aires, but just about everyone else heading for South America will find that Santiago is the better choice as LAN's hub offers far more connections to other destinations.

Aerolineas Argentinas began direct services from Sydney to Buenos Aires in April last year, dropping its previous Auckland stopover as part of a worldwide route overhaul to boost the focus on Europe and developing more South America routes.

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eugoose

eugoose

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Jun 2013

Total posts 29

That's a shame. Especially with the new Skyteam lounge opening and all. 

sagidec

sagidec

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Nov 2011

Total posts 246

Santiago (SCL) is a very nice airport for Chile. Modern, spacious and comfortable - wouldn't complain about stopping over there and connect onwards.

QF and LAN probably have superior products than Aerolineas Argentinas anyway.

Tuddy

Tuddy

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

29 Aug 2012

Total posts 23

No major loss. AR is definitely a distant third when it comes to product offering between Australia and South America...though they did often have some amazing fares which almost made putting up with them worth it. Will be interesting seeing the dynamic change on the route with SYD-SCL and SYD-AKL-SCL now the only routes offered, and offered by airlines in co-operation with each other.

LR

LR

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 May 2012

Total posts 76

With no compitition lets watch prices go up.

Hugo

Hugo

12 Jun 2013

Total posts 744

Some days, you could find business class fares on Aerolineas for the same price as an economy class fare on Qantas (about $3000).  Maybe a pretty crummy business class, but for that price who could complain?

Anyway, here's hoping that QF or LAN will pick up the slack and put additional capacity on the SYD-SCL route. Even better if QF would go back to SYD-EZE like a few years ago. 

Or, crazy scenario, with TAM joining oneworld would a flight to Brazil be too much to hope for? Sydney to Sao Paolo is slightly shorter than Sydney to Dallas so I assume it's possible; on the other hand unless you're actually going to Sao Paolo then Santiago is a more convenient route. 

Lima, being another LAN hub, is probably a better choice as a gateway to northern South America.

alanzeino

alanzeino

19 Sep 2012

Total posts 9

End of an era. I know the direct Sydney to BA route is new, but the previous route with the AKL stopover is decades old.

TheRealBabushka

TheRealBabushka

21 Apr 2012

Total posts 3034

I wonder if this article will invoke the much desired "commotion"...

Ben84

Ben84

Etihad

23 Jan 2013

Total posts 175

Direct flights across the Pacific are woeful - both to North America and South America.  If you want to travel to these continents you have to go via Asia or the Middle East. 

Ive often thought about travelling to South America, but the notion of taking one of the few direct flights there has constantly put me off. 

Id rather fly Emirates SYD-DBX-GIG-EZE than go via the Pacific. 

Mikeologos

Mikeologos

10 Aug 2013

Total posts 30

What does does the pacific make? I certainly don't find anything different.

Hugo

Hugo

12 Jun 2013

Total posts 744

You'd rather fly Emirates via Dubai than Qantas non-stop? To either North or South America?

You "have" to go via Asia or the Middle East to North America rather than flying QF or VA or DL or AC or NZ or (the admittedly crummy) UA?

That's not even snobbery any more, that's just... random.

eminere

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1127

Sad news.

mushmush

mushmush

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

14 Nov 2013

Total posts 42

It is a shame, now it leaves 2 oneworld airlines to service Sth America, prices will go up by at least 15%. A smart move from Qantas would be to start the Sydney Buenos Aires leg again, i flew this leg in 2011 and it was fantastic, crew, service and aircraft all were great.

Paulkai

Paulkai

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

30 Aug 2013

Total posts 7

Maybe virgin australia can take up Sydney -  buenos Aires....

Hugo

Hugo

12 Jun 2013

Total posts 744

Aside from the improbability of that as a business decision, it's an ETOPS impossibility.


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