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Mendoza is the center of the Argentine wine industry and also offers quick access to Aconcagua, one of the highest mountains in the world.
An airport serving Mendoza
Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport (MDZ), better known as El Plumerillo International Airport is a small airport which serves the city of Mendoza. Although small and offering limited international flights, the airport is sort of a hub in the area. Those flying from Santiago don’t have to pay the reciprocity fees paid by USA, Canada and Australia passport holders which are paid at the airports in Buneos Aires.
So, passengers from North America and Australia have the option to fly via Santiago de Chile in order to get to Mendoza. Other international travelers can consider flying via Buenos Aires.
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The closest major international airport to Mendoza is Comodoro Arturo Merino BenÃtez International Airport (SCL), serving Santiago de Chile; while if you look for a domestic airport near-by, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento Airport (UAO) serving San Juan is just 145 km away.
How to save on flights to Mendoza
The summer months, November to April, are when most visitors come to Mendoza. The weather is lovely to enjoy outdoor activities and the grapes start to ripen. However, in order to save money on flights, consider flying in spring or fall. Both seasons offer lovely things to do.
Most likely you’ll need to make a stop along the way when flying into Mendoza. Look for various routes and consider making more than one stop if the price is good and you won’t be staying for too long in the airports. Avoid flying during the weekends as that’s when the highest fares can be found. And make sure to book ahead — at least 4 to 8 weeks.