Lonely Planet Writer

It is going to get a lot cheaper to fly to Argentina next year on 150 new routes

Air travel in Argentina could get cheaper and easier, after a budget airline gained approval to launch more than 150 domestic and international routes in the country.


Multicoloured mountains known as Cerro de los 7 colores (hill of seven colors) in Purmamarca at sunrise, Jujuy province, Argentina Image by ©estivillml/Getty Images

Norwegian Air Argentine has been granted concessions by the Argentine National Civil Aviation Administration to launch 152 new flights in the country. The airline, known for its low-cost flights in Europe, launched its new Argentina subsidiary back in January 2017 with plans for a massive network of routes in the South American country.

The new airline’s goal is to establish four central hubs in the country in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza and Salta, reports Airlinegeek.com. The airline is also planning routes establishing direct connections from Buenos Aires to LA, New York and Istanbul, reports Bloomberg.

Overview of Lake Pehoe Paine Massif. Image by ©Matt Munro/Lonely Planet

Earlier this year, Argentina’s first budget airline, Flybondi, announced that it would begin operating domestic flights around that country that would be cheaper than taking the bus between cities.

Norwegian’s green light in Argentina follows an approval given by the US government to begin transatlantic flights. The decision was granted to Norwegian Air International, an Irish subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle that allowed the company to operate under the open skies agreement between the EU and the US.