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Tucuman Airport Mini Guide
Who Flies to Tucuman?
The city is properly called San Miguel de Tucuman and is revered throughout Argentina as the place where the declaration of independence from Spain was made on July 9th 1916. Those interested flock to the Casa Historica, a colonial house where the representatives from the regions of Argentina met. Today, the event is marked by the city’s main square, Plaza Independencia, which is one of the largest in South America and includes Argentina’s own ‘Statue of Liberty’ designed by an Argentinian sculptor. The city has an ‘old quarter’ which is a great way to spend an afternoon, looking at the colonial buildings and churches.
How Can I Get to Tucuman?
Around 45 minutes away from the city centre is Tucuman Airport which has flights by different carriers from Buenos Aires
and other big Argentinian cities. Transport is provided to the city using the number 121 bus. If taking the taxi to make the journey, you are looking at twenty times the bus fare so, if the bus isn’t for you, consider a hire car which will enable you to travel around the area too.
What is the Airport Like?
The airport was built in the 80s and upgraded in 2005 with a new terminal building plus other improvements to the infrastructure. It replaced a city-located airport that had outgrown its site. The airport consists of a single, small terminal building with the parking apron for aircraft immediately adjacent to it.
What Should I Expect When I Arrive at Tucuman Airport?
Although the airport serves an important region of the country, it isn’t big and so has limited facilities. The terminal is modern and once you’ve walked from your plane to the building you’ll find a well organised set up. No international arrivals means there’s no passport control and so you’ll enter the terminal right by the baggage reclaim. You’ll see your bags arriving shortly afterwards.
Although there’s no help desk at the airport, the staff are very good if you need assistance and there are the airport and airline offices should you need additional help. There are no banks but there is an ATM should you need cash. Easy to spot, the car hire desk is in the arrivals hall too but it is recommended that you pre-book any rental requirements. The bus into Tucuman stops right outside the terminal and the route ends in the city centre so if you’re worried about missing your stop you can rest easy.
What are the Facilities Like When I Depart?
Very basic; once you’ve checked in, all you’ll have to occupy yourself is a small kiosk selling national newspapers and confectionery together with a small café/snack bar selling a limited range of food and drink. It’s certainly a good idea to be prepared and bring some snacks to top up and a book to read whilst you’re waiting.