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Vocabulary: Planes and Airports

Spanish for Travelers



El aeropuerto cerca de Buenos Aires es uno de los aeropuertos más modernos de Latinoamérica. (The airport near Buenos Aires is one of the most modern airports in Latin America.)

Photo by Flavio Ensiki; licensed via Creative Commons.

Unless you live near the right international border, there's no quicker way to visit a Spanish-speaking country than to fly. And even though English is widely spoken in international travel, it is likely that your first encounter with Spanish on a vacation or business trip will be on the plane or at the airport.

Study these words and phrases before you go on your trip and you'll better be able to take care of your travel needs or to eavesdrop:

Useful words

la aduana — customs
la aerolínea — airline
el aeropuerto — airport
la almohada — pillow
el asiento — seat
el auxiliar de vuelo, la azafata — flight attendant
el avión — airplane
el boleto — ticket
el baño — bathroom
la clase ejecutiva, la clase turista — executive class, tourist class
la comida — meal
confirmar una reservación — to confirm a reservation
el destinodestination
el equipaje — luggage
el horario, el itinerario — schedule
la linea aereaairline
la maleta — suitcase
la oferta — special, sale
el pasajero, la pasajerapassenger
el pasaportepassport
la primera clase — first class
el regresoreturn
la reserva, la reservaciónreservation
la salidadeparture, exit
la tarifaprice
la tienda libre de impuestos — duty-free shop
el viaje — journey, trip
el vuelo flight, wing

Useful phrases:

¿Cuándo sale el avión? — When does the plane leave?
¿Cuándo llega el avión? — When does the plane arrive?
¿Dónde está el baño? — Where is the bathroom?
¿Habla usted inglés? — Do you speak English?

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