Cs03 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 411 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3315 times:
I have to agree with "DELTASFO", as the city with great people and cafe s is a great world city! The International Terminal is nice compared to 1984 when a VARIG DC10 or a AR 747 would overwhelm the terminal!
Cx340 From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 609 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3267 times:
I can only confirm DeltaSFO's words. . .I was there last February, and the international terminal is OK; nice design, not too big, nothing really amazing. But Buenos Aires, oh man, simply one of the best places on earth! AND IT IS SO CHEAP!!! If you plan on going, don't hesitate for a second and GO!
Buenos Aires is a great city, by all means go there. Never ate as great steaks in my whole life, the city is really nice and extremely cheap. Its architecture is more of a European style like Paris or Rome.
Pzurita1 From Greenland, joined Sep 2002, 1385 posts, RR: 15 Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3069 times:
Both the airport and the city are fine!!!
EZE is clean, bright, easy, modern, has a proper size, and has good duty free shops. Of course, as anyone here has mentioned, the city is much nicer that its airport.
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2996 times:
Thank you for the kind words about Buenos Aires, my home since 10 years ago.
My wife is from here... and I am a beef lover, yes, the best in the world...
I plan to end my life here... No desire to go back to USA ever...
But it is a pleasure to see USA tourists visit us...
You are most welcome... everyone...
If you like Paris, or Milan, you WILL LOVE Bs.As. ...
JFK747SP From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 9 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week ago) and read 2973 times:
I have been there twice in the past year, both times flying AR (JFK-EZE). The airport is divided into two terminals the older terminal being the one that handles AR flights and the newer terminal handling all other carriers. The AR terminal is probably my favorite terminal anywhere in the entire world. It is old and great. When you step off the plane you feel like you've stepped back into time (somewhere in the mid 1970's to be more exact). The AR terminal is one of the shrinking number of airports that has incredible unobstructed views of the aircraft and the airfield. The airbridges are mostly glass too so you have great views as you're exiting and boarding the plane.
A good number of ARs international flights all come in very early in the morning and the many lines of travelers waiting to get through customs are long and slow. But it's all for the best. While you're waiting you have great views of the airfield and you can watch the sun begin to rise and the other international carries creep by on their way to the new terminal. Baggage claim is very busy and then there is another long line to stand in while security checks all bags are matched to the right person (again, a shrinking breed of airports which still practices this ritual).
As you step through the sliding doors into the AR international arrivals hall it's a complete mob scene with an unusually high number of friends and relatives awaiting the arrival of someone.
The international arrival hall is big, old and great. I believe it was built during the Peron era and hasn't changed much since. I hope it never does.
As you drive out of the airport the road hugs the perimeter of the airport and you have great viewing of old derelict and broken up aircraft strewn among the trees and weeds. There's an old broken up DC-10 and DC-8 which are just letting time and the earth take them over. You also have great views of AR's hangers with various AR aircraft hanging around. Always some AR classic 747s in some state of repair.
Check-in at the old terminal is, again, like a step back in time. Every time I do it it's always been an experience. But one I would never give up. It takes a very long time and once you are done checking in you still have to go over to another part of the terminal and pay your departure/airport tax. Customs is a long twisted line from one room to another and you feel that people have been doing it this same way for 50 years.
Again, once you get to your gate you have great views of your airplane and the airfield just beyond. My last flight back to JFK was on one of AR's classic 747s -- a true surprise and treat and not one empty seat.
During 2002 I flew in and out of the new international terminal, but it is nothing like the experience of the old AR terminal. It's just your typical steel and glass structure that resembles the way most new terminals are built and has no flavor of Argentina. During 2002 the arrivals and gate areas at the new terminal were still under major construction, so I have no idea what they are like this year.
I hope they keep the AR terminal up forever. It would be a shame to tear it down and build something shiny and new.
If you get the chance definitely fly AR into EZE. You can actually daydream and imagine exactly how it must have been years and years ago.
Matt777 From Cayman Islands, joined Oct 2001, 503 posts, RR: 6 Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2886 times:
Thanks for all the great comments about Argentina!
Yup, we do have the best meat... both of cows and humans (girls)
Yes, the new terminal is great, also the new terminal at Aeroparque (AEP) is also great. We have to thank this to AA2000 an italo-argentinian firm.
They were planning to make an 'aeroisla' like the new HKG airport. But the project was dumped because of the high costs (it would have been cool to have both AEP and EZE joined together into one!
Cx340 From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 609 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2844 times:
I'm sure our Argentinian friends (including Skipper!!) can give you better options, but a nice place to go for some steaks is Puerto Madero, which is a "new" section by the river. Lots of nice places there, albeit a bit more expensive than other areas of Buenos Aires. Still very cheap compared to anywhere in the US and even Mexico. It is definitely worth a visit. . .well all of Buenos AIres is worth a visit, you won't regret it!