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Anyone Been To EZE? What's It Like?

Wed Nov 05, 2003 9:37 am

Has anyone been to Ministro Pistarini-Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires? What is it like?

 
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RE: Anyone Been To EZE? What's It Like?

Wed Nov 05, 2003 9:54 am

I went last year. The new international terminal is very nice.

The airport is nothing compared to the city. Wonderful city, beautiful people, great shopping all along Avenida 9 de Julio, and THE BEST STEAK YOU WILL EVER EAT IN YOUR LIFE.

Hopefully Delta will be back there sooner rather than later.
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RE: Anyone Been To EZE? What's It Like?

Wed Nov 05, 2003 11:32 am

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!
 
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RE: Anyone Been To EZE? What's It Like?

Wed Nov 05, 2003 11:42 am

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!

 
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RE: Anyone Been To EZE? What's It Like?

Wed Nov 05, 2003 11:46 am

EZE is great, I fly to Chile once in a while and I love to connect through Ezeiza, much better than GRU or GIG.
And the city... Wonderful!
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RE: Anyone Been To EZE? What's It Like?

Wed Nov 05, 2003 5:15 pm

Look at this site over Argentine airports (you have an english version):

www.aeropuertosarg.com.ar

Click the map in Center Air Region and then Ezeiza. There you have a full overview of the airport and several pictures.

Hope you can visit and enjoy your stay.
 
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RE: Anyone Been To EZE? What's It Like?

Wed Nov 05, 2003 7:53 pm


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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.

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Tim
 
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RE: Anyone Been To EZE? What's It Like?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 12:25 am

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.

Have a good time there!

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RE: Anyone Been To EZE? What's It Like?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 1:51 am

I'm flying there this December! Look forward to visiting the city and DeltaSFO - Where do I go for the steak? yummy... hehe
 
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RE: Anyone Been To EZE? What's It Like?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 2:04 am

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...
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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...
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RE: Anyone Been To EZE? What's It Like?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 2:30 am

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.
 
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RE: Anyone Been To EZE? What's It Like?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 8:09 am

Thanks for all the great comments about Argentina!  Big thumbs up
Yup, we do have the best meat... both of cows and humans (girls)  Laugh out loud
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!
 
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RE: Anyone Been To EZE? What's It Like?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 9:27 am

Mas a330

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!

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