The number of Argentine residents flying overseas in November fell 19.8 percent, the INDEC statistic bureau reported.
An estimated 276,598 Argentine residents left the country in November. The data represent "an inter-annual decline of 19.8 percent" compared to November 2017, the entity reported.
The slump was the first year-on-year drop for any month in 2018 compared to the previous year. In fact, in the first 11 months of 2018, total international air departures among Argentine residents rose 0.3 percent on average for a total of 4.2 million individual trips.
The country's two main international hubs, Ezeiza and Aeroparque, reported 224,206 Argentine departures in November, representing a 20.3 percent year-on-year decline among the two airports.
Departures also fell at Cordoba (26.2 percent less) and Rosario (17.7 percent). Departures from Mendoza, however, grew by 15.8 percent, the INDEC reported.
FOREIGN TOURIST NUMBER RISE
On the contrary, 274,557 tourists entered Argentina in November, for a 12.3 percent inter-annual increase (68,700 more than November 2017).
European arrivals to the country rose eight percent while visitor numbers from neighbouring Latin American countries rose 13.3 percent.
It seems Chilean tourists were particularly keen on Argentina in November, with 34 percent more visitors arriving from across the Andes than in the same period in 2017.