Despite the economic woes going on in Argentina, Norwegian Air International is going ahead with their plans to start domestic operations in the country and started selling tickets on September 4 for flights on October 16, 2018.
Norwegian Air Argentina will operate from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) that is very close to the city center unlike Ezeiza (EZE). Aeroparque is mainly used for domestic flights but also handles regional ones to South America.
You can access Norwegian’s Argentine website here.
The destinations on sale right now are from AEP to Bariloche, Cordoba, Iguazu, Mendoza, Neuquen and Salta.
The Norwegian uses the same pricing model as for short-haul flights within Europe. You have to pay for a checked bag.
The airline apparently has plans to offer flights to Brazil from Argentina (and why not to other nearby countries?) and have 10 to 15 planes by the end of the first year of operations.
The sector was in disarray under previous governments when prices were at least partially set by the government and laying off people was extremely difficult if not impossible. LAN had great obstacles getting their Argentinian operations running (government was trying to protect Aerolineas Argentinas).
It is easy to move planes from Europe to South America but not sure how much this make sense considering the economic difficulties in the country and different market conditions?