Please view our latest post for updated information on the status of the Bariloche Airport
Starting Monday, October 24, the Bariloche International Airport (BRC) will be closed for a period of 60 days for several repairs and improvements. The 60 million peso project is to include renovation of the runways, gates, and beacon systems. The work will be managed by the group Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 and will bring the airport up to the level of ‘Category A’, making it one of the most modern airports in the country of Argentina. Fernando Jantus de Estrada, the General Director of the Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil (ANAC) in Argentina reported that, in their current state, the runways at the Bariloche Airport would not last another year. For this reason, it has been decided that the repairs to the runway are absolutely necessary and must occur during the summer months.
Naturally, the idea of having the airport closed for two months has many local businesses and residents worried. The completion date has been guaranteed by Christmas 2011, and the ANAC has advised Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 that if the project is not completed by this date, they will be hit with major fines.
For tourists and other travelers visiting the region during this time, flights will be available into the nearby town of Esquel and will include a shuttle up to Bariloche -about a 4 hour drive. Click here to check out a previous post for a first hand account of this trip by one of our guests.