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New flights to Mendoza

New flights to Mendoza

For many years visitors flying into Mendoza have only had the choice of taking one of the many daily shuttle flights from Buenos Aires or flying direct from Chile's capital Santiago. But this is all set to change. With a 10% rise in visitor numbers to the wineries of Mendoza every year, local and national governments and leading tourism officials have big plans to improve the flight network.

Aerolineas Argentinas launched its new ‘Corredor Norte' route today which connects five of Argentina's top tourist hotspots and links Mendoza directly to the cities of Salta and Bariloche without the need to change in Buenos Aires. Flights depart from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery airport in Buenos Aires on Wednesdays and Saturdays, stopping at Iguazú Falls, the colonial city of Salta, Mendoza and adventure sports destination Bariloche, returning along the same route later that day.

LAN Airlines (based in Santiago, Chile) and TAM Airlines (based in Sao Paulo, Brazil) have also just announced a collaboration to create a new airline group called LATAM. This exciting merger will herald seamless travel across Latin America and will include a new direct daily flight between Mendoza and the city of Neuquén in Argentina from September.

There are yet more plans afoot to connect Mendoza directly to more international destinations, cutting out the current connection times in Buenos Aires. Tourism to Argentina has been increasing so dramatically that the Secretariate of Tourism was promoted to a full cabinetry in June 2010. The newly-appointed Minister of Tourism Enrique Meyer has been working on a new route between Mendoza and Peru's capital Lima since October. Some of the top wineries in Mendoza including O'Fournier, Salentein and Zuccardi are also lobbying hard for the long-awaited route between Mendoza and Sao Paulo and it looks like the creation of these new air links are just a matter of time.

Added on 18 August

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