It is only nine days to go until the El Palomar airport – 28 KM from downtown Buenos Aires – will officially be in action. On February 9th, FlyBondi is launching a flight from Buenos Aires, Palomar to Cordoba, which will mark the moment El Palomar officially changes from an ex–military to a public airport.
Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, (Argentina’s leading airport company which manages 33 nationwide airports) has been in charge of advancing re-developments of the airport.
Of course, many facilities are still in place back from when the airport was temporarily used for public flights back in 2010, during the 45 day period that the Aeroparque was closed for improvement.
With the first stage of refurbishment being carried out, Aeropuertos Argentina will spend around AR $110 million of the AR $1600 million designated for the re-doing of Palomar.
According to La Nación, it is clear that extensive work is taking place, and already photos show evidence of an airport that is functioning. With passenger seating areas, check-in desks and plants (an obvious essential) El Palomar looks ready to go.
Although already in the first stage of re–development, from July onwards the second round of improvements will have begun. AR $500 million will be spent on facilities such as automatic check in desks, shopping areas, parking spaces along with customs and immigration areas.
The final stage of improvements will see AR $1000 million spent on creating a brand new terminal that will allow a capacity of one million to pass through every year, just in time for Argentina’s expected increase in tourism.
El Palomar which is making a name for itself as a low cost airline based airport, comes at a point in time where flight costs have been lowered as a result of taxes paid by airlines being decreased as much as 40 or 50 percent.
With an expected influx of tourists over the coming years, the lowering of flight prices along with the increase of available low cost airlines is one of the reasons Argentina is hoping to receive around nine million tourists by 2019, compared to 6.6 million during 2017.
The redoing and rebranding of Palomar airport has however not been without complaints or controversy. Residents of the surrounding area have demanded to know the environmental impact of the airport. Back in December, the Argentine air force disputed the idea of using Palomar airport as a low cost flight base, arguing that the airport forms a part of Argentina’s national defense.