Travel Alert: Salta and Iguazú Airports to Close on April 15, 2018

Effective as of Sunday, April 15, 2018, two airports in Argentina will be closed due to their runways undergoing maintenance work — including both Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport in Puerto Iguazú near Iguazú Falls and Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport in Salta.

Travel Alert: Salta and Iguazú Airports to Close on April 15, 2018

The international airport which serves Salta is scheduled to open to air traffic again on Sunday, May 6, 2018; while Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport is scheduled to open once again to air traffic on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

During the closures, all flights to and from Salta will operate out of Gobernador Horacio Guzmán International Airport in Jujuy Province; while all flights to and from Puerto Iguazú will operate out of Foz do Iguaçu International Airport.

Iguazu Falls

Photograph ©2005 by Brian Cohen.

Because Foz do Iguaçu International Airport is located in Brazil and not Argentina, passengers who want to travel to Iguazú Falls through this airport will need proper documentation to enter Brazil. Fortunately for travelers who are citizens of the United States, the fee which they have been required to pay in order to visit Brazil had been significantly reduced from $160.00 to $44.24; and the service fee of $4.24 — which is included in the reduced visa fee — is for the convenience of processing the visa application electronically in three simple steps, which will substantially reduce the amount of time needed to apply and receive the visa.

Aerolineas Argentinas Change and Refund Information

One free date change is permitted without cost, provided the passenger is booked in the same cabin class and the routing does not change, according to this document from Aerolineas Argentinas. If a passenger decides to change the routing, this can be done once without having to pay the penalty — but if applicable, the fare difference must be changed.

Refunds are also permitted.

“Once the PNRs are updated with the new flights to/from JUJ and IGU all tickets will need to be exchanged (even)”, according to the document. “Waiver codes for changes or refunds: RESO 735D/IGR and RESO 735D/SLA (endorsements/restrictions box).”

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Aerolineas Argentinas at SalesSupport@us.aerolineas.aero.

Summary

Be aware that the runways in both Los Angeles and San Diego will be undergoing maintenance at the same time as the two aforementioned airports in Argentina. Give yourself plenty of time when traveling as a passenger by airplane to or from any of these four airports.

All photographs ©2005 by Brian Cohen.

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