Country facts

Market overview

Argentina’s aviation market, characterized by its dynamic landscape and strategic importance in South America, has undergone significant transformations over the past few years, influenced by economic challenges, regulatory changes, and evolving consumer preferences. As a key player in the region, the country’s aviation sector is pivotal not only for domestic connectivity but also for international travel to and from South America.

Historically, the market has been dominated by the state-owned Aerolíneas Argentinas, which continues to hold a significant share of both domestic and international routes. The airline’s robust network within Argentina ensures comprehensive coverage, connecting major cities like Buenos Aires, Córdoba, and Mendoza, as well as offering extensive services to smaller, remote regions which are otherwise difficult to access. This extensive network is vital for maintaining economic unity and supporting local tourism, which is a crucial aspect of Argentina’s economy.

The landscape of Argentine aviation has seen an influx of low-cost carriers in recent years, aiming to democratize air travel by making it more accessible and affordable. Airlines such as Flybondi and JetSmart have emerged as significant competitors, introducing a price-sensitive model that appeals to a broader segment of the population. This development has spurred a healthy competitive environment, leading to more choices for consumers and generally lower prices. The success of these LCCs has also been facilitated by regulatory reforms that have liberalized the market, allowing more players to enter and compete.

The international segment of Argentina’s aviation market has also evolved, with Buenos Aires being a major hub connecting South America with the rest of the world. The city’s airports, particularly Ministro Pistarini International Airport (commonly known as Ezeiza), handle a substantial volume of international traffic. Strategic alliances and partnerships with global carriers have expanded the international network available to passengers traveling to and from Argentina, enhancing the country’s connectivity with key markets in North America, Europe, and Asia.

The aviation market in Argentina is poised for further growth, driven by the recovery in travel demand post-pandemic and continued governmental support for infrastructure improvements. Investments in airport infrastructure are underway, aimed at enhancing capacity and efficiency to accommodate future growth. As Argentina continues to refine its regulatory framework and foster a competitive market environment, the aviation sector is expected to play a crucial role in the country’s overall economic development.


Gonzalo Lamperti

Managing Partner

Matias Duek, Chief Commercial Officer, AirlinePros Argentina

Matias Duek

Chief Commercial officer