Argentina Travel Update: Bariloche Airport Closed Until February 2012

Argentina Travel: Bariloche's main city square

Argentina Travel: Bariloche's main city square

Since the eruption of Chile’s Puyehue Volcano in early June, flights in Argentina’s Bariloche region have experienced disruptions. Waiting for the dust to settle, the airport is taking advantage of this time to do a little updating and maintenance work. Originally scheduled to reopen in this month, it was announced that the Bariloche will now be closed until Feb. 2012.

Here is an official statement released today (Dec. 12, 2011) from airline Aerolineas Argentinas regarding flights, closure and alternative travel:

The Bariloche airport was originally scheduled to reopen later this month but will now open in late February 2012. Bariloche passengers are being protected on flights to/from Esquel (EQS) and/or Neuquen (NQN). Ground transportation between Bariloche and these two cities will be provided. The travel time between Bariloche and Esquel is approximately 3 hours. Travel time between Bariloche and Neuquen is approximately 6 hours.* When passengers disembark in Esquel and Neuquen there will be a bus that will take them to Bariloche. When in Bariloche they should check with AR locally to find out about the transportation to Esquel and Neuquen.

Our flights to/from San Martin de los Andes (CPC) were scheduled to restart on January 01, 2012. Now the first flight between Buenos Aires and San Martin de los Andes is scheduled for March 04, 2012.

Also, El Calafate-Esquel-El Calafate flights have been changed to El Calafate-Neuquen-El Calafate flights.

For questions regarding refunds or exchanges, please contact your flight booking agent or Aerolineas Aregentinas directly.

Additional updates are available on Aeorlinas Argentinas’ website.

*Travel by bus between Bariloche and Neuquen can potentially take up to 9 hours.

If you have any questions on if or how this closure will affect your Argentina travels, please give us a call at 1-800-344-6118.


  1. Posted December 20, 2011 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    I am glad (although others may not be) that the alternative routes listed, will ease my journey to whatever place I want to visit in Argentina.

  2. Posted December 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Very helpful info, its a big help, keep on it

  3. Posted December 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    We were there about a month ago and the ash situation is really bad. We decided to rent a car. Funny enough the ashes were not so bad in Bariloche but Villa La Angostura were covered in it!

  4. Posted January 3, 2012 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    I like everything on this post. All the information displayed is just awesome. We hopefully believe that as from this year, we are going to have more of your posts for our and other peoples benefit. Thanks for all.

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