Buenos Aires Newcomer Grows Fast


Airliners and the Argentine military are cheek-by-jowl at El Palomar, as Sebastian Schmitz discovers.

El Palomar is one of 35 airports operated and managed by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000.

Birds singing, people sitting on benches in a pleasant garden, children playing football. It sounds like a rural idyll, especially if you have arrived in the area on a suburban train service. Step away from the railway station and you are in a quiet residential district, making it hard to believe you are approaching an international airport.

The rather surreal atmosphere is completed when you arrive at the facility – to the west of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires – and view the heavy-lift military freighters in the distance.

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