San Carlos de Bariloche International Airport is also called Teniente Luis Candelaria, in the honor of Luis Candelaria, lieutenant in the Argentinian Army, who on April 13th 1918 attempted and succeeded to fly over the Andes, in a 2½ hour flight from Zapala (Argentina) to Cunco (Chile), in his 80HP SounierMorane Parasol airplane.
Bariloche Airport is located in the Rio Negre Province, in the vicinity of the San Carlos de Bariloche city. Traffic-wise, the airport ranks on the 4th place in the top of the most important Argentinian airports, with over 700.000 passengers handled in 2007. There are also a number of airlines offering services on the San Carlos de Bariloche Int’l Airport, such as: Aerochacho, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Austral LíneasAéreas, Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, Gol Transportes Aéreos, LADE, LAN Airlines, LAN Argentina, PAL Airlines, PLUNA, Sky Airline and TAM Airlines.
In order to handle such a large number of passengers, there are multiple to-and-from transport options available. For the ones who prefer the commodity of a car drive, companies such as Alamo, AutoEurope, AVIS, Budget, Dollar Argentina, Honk, National, Thrifty offer car rentals with prices starting as low as $95. 45 for a Compact-sized car. An Android/Apple mobile application allows you to book the rental car in advance, offering a live updated list of available cars and last minute pricing deals. Renting a car is a must if you have the time and have planned to explore Argentina. A drive to the lakes on the border with Chile is said to be a chance a unique experience.
Other transport alternatives are city shuttles (shared minivans that can drop you off in front of your hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche). If you want to travel from Buenos Aires to San Bariloche at a more affordable price, you can take the Via Bariloche coach with fares starting from $55 for a one-way ticket (breakfast included). Argentina truly is a wonderful country and it has invested a lot of money to provide its tourists as well as residents the best means of transportation. The airport offers facilities from fast foods where you can grab a bite in case you are hungry to duty-free shops where you can stop by and see the latest brands. You can also buy tons of gifts for your friends and family and even a souvenir for yourself to remind you of Argentina.