Ministro Pistarini International Airport is an airport serving the Greater Buenos Aires area of Argentina. Also, known as Ezeiza International Airport, it lies 22 kilometres south-west of the capital. Close to the airport, there are horseback riding tours, nature reserves and shopping malls to enjoy. Visitors wishing to explore the culture, music, fine dining and eclectic neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires, will find the city a short drive away.
Although the airport terminal building has gift shops, bars and restaurants, the best attractions are outside. Buenos Aires is easy to reach. The journey takes around 45 minutes by taxi or car, offering a great opportunity to explore the city. Visitors can discover the brightly coloured neighbourhood of La Boca, browsing shops and artwork sprinkled along the streets. Alternatively, delve into the culture of Buenos Aires at MALBA, the Latin American contemporary art museum. The gallery houses iconic pieces by a range of Latino artists, including Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Argentinians love their polo. During the prime playing season, outdoor events occur in the upmarket area of Palermo. Remain in the leafy streets of Palermo to enjoy some of the best food and drink in the city. Designer bars and chic restaurants serve everything from empanadas to sushi and burgers. Adventurers wishing to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the city should head for Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur. This lush natural park in the city centre offers a variety of walking and cycling trails, lakes and over 200 species of bird and wildlife.
There are several stress-free ways to reach central Buenos Aires from Ministro Pistarini International Airport. Shuttle buses operate from the airport to Madero Transportation Centre, close to all the city action. Alternatively, travel like a local via the public transport system. Buses are cheap and frequent, although, they can be difficult to navigate on a first visit. Private shuttles can be booked at the airport, or in advance, and taxis are available.
The airport was named after politician and General Juan Pistarini who placed the cornerstone for the airport in 1945. The first civilian flight arrived from London Heathrow in 1946. Today, Ministro Pistarini International Airport is the largest airport in Argentina and a hub for many international flights. Over nine million passengers venture through the terminal buildings each year.