LADE - Líneas Aéreas del Estado, or simply LADE, is an Argentinian airline that flies domestically within Argentina. The airline is based at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery airport but also has hubs at General Enrique Mosconi International Airport in the Chubut Province and Comandante Tola International Airport, El Calafate. From these airports, LADE flies all around Argentina, with a strong focus on the Patagonian region.
The airline was founded in 1940 by the Argentinian Air Force with the goal to fly to remote destinations within the country. Over the years, it expanded its route network and today flies to nearly 20 destinations across Argentina.
The airline's fleet consists of Saab 340B aircraft. The airline currently has around five within its fleet.
All of Lade's flights are domestic within Argentina. The airline flies to the following destinations:
Each passenger is entitled to one item of carry-on baggage that must fit within the dimensions 40 x 30 cm and weigh no more than 5 kg.
Passengers are allowed 15kg of free checked baggage.
Online check-in isn't available for LADE flights.
Passengers must check-in at the airport for their flight. The airline asks that passengers arrive at least one and a half hours before their scheduled flight departure time. To check-in, passengers must have their flight details as well as their passport (if an international passenger) and their DNI or ID (if an Argentinian passenger).
The Economy Class cabin offers a friendly and relaxed service, with food and drink on offer and meals available to order pre-flight. The airline doesn't have an Economy Class cabin. However, in-flight magazines may be available onboard, depending on the route flown.
The Economy Class cabin is set out in a 1 x 2 formation. Seats are comfortable and give ample legroom for each passenger.
Aeroparque Jorge Newbury International Airport is one of two airports in Argentina and the hub airport for LADE – Líneas Aéreas del Estado. The airport opened in 1945 and the first flight flew from Jorge Newbury International in 1948. The airline was originally built to solely serve domestic flights within Argentina, with a small number of additional services flying to Uruguay.
The airport has four terminals, with each serving either domestic flights, flights to Uruguay or cargo flights. The airline used to facilitate international flights. However, international passenger traffic became too much for the airport to handle and, eventually, almost all international flights were transferred to Ministro Pistrani International Airport, also known as Ezeiza Airport. The only international flights to remain at Jorge Newbury were flights to and from Uruguay.
Other airlines that use Jorge Newbury as a hub include Austral, Flyest, Avian Líneas Aéreas, LATAM Argentina and Norwegian Argentina.
Photo Attribution: Darío Crusafón