International flights will be returning to Jorge Newbery Airfield in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Simple Flying reports.
The airport – which is located just over a mile from the centre of Buenos Aires – is currently only permitted to operate domestic services, with the exception of services to neighbouring Uruguay.
But from May 11 the airport will once again be able to handle flights to regional destinations such as Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru.
A statement from Argentina’s civil aviation authority, ANAC, said:
“This action allows the intraregional flights to and from those countries to start operating again from the Metropolitan Airfield. Since April 2018, this hub currently operates cabotage and international routes to and from Uruguay.”
However, ANAC has imposed restrictions on international flights at the airport, including a ban on “fifth freedom” flights, on flights to countries other than those immediately bordering Argentina, on flights using planes with more than 200 seats, and (effectively) flights on airlines with code-sharing arrangements.
That could limit operations at the airport to four airlines — Aerolineas Argentinas, LATAM, GOL, and Bolivian carrier Amaszonas – and shut out low-cost regional airlines, as well, experts say.