Yesterday, January 13, 2012, Aerolineas Argentinas flight 1682 landed at the Bariloche Airport at 1:45 pm. Hours later, at 5:58 pm, LAN flight 4346 also landed at the Bariloche Airport. As reported in our previous post, LAN had announced that they would be resuming daily flights between Buenos Aires and Bariloche. Hours after this news got out, Aerolineas Argentinas announced that they too would be resuming flights to Bariloche. This is the first time either airline, or any major carrier for that matter, has landed in Bariloche since last June. Due to volcanic ash complications following the eruption of the Puyehue Volcano, the Bariloche Airport had been closed for the past 7 months. After the completion of a major renovation project this past Christmas, as reported in one of our previous posts, the Bariloche Airport announced that they were ready to begin receiving flights once again. It took several weeks for Argentina’s two major airlines to respond, but the day has come at last.
The new Governor of the Río Negro province, Alberto Weretilneck, also announced that Argentina’s Ministry of National Defense will be installing new volcanic ash sensing technology at the end of the month, in an effort to avoid future problems. We are overjoyed with this news, and we wish everyone flying to Bariloche a safe flight and a great trip, Buen viaje!