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Getting around by air

Aeropuerto El Tepual

Aeropuerto El Tepual is located 16km west of the city and is served by LATAM, which flies two to four times daily to Punta Arenas, twice daily to Balmaceda/Coyhaique and up 10 times daily to Santiago. (Flights to Castro, Chiloé, are from Santiago only.) The airport is also served by local low-cost airlines JetSmart (www.jetsmart.com) and Sky Airline (www.skyairline.com).

Transport Options

Andrés Tour services the airport from the bus terminal (CH$2500; boxes 10-14). Catch the bus two hours before your flight's departure (don't cut it close with the shuttle departure time – they are fined if they sit in their assigned gate longer than a few minutes and they will leave without you!). It also offers door-to-door service from the airport to Puerto Montt (CH$5000; CH$8000 for two) and Puerto Varas (oddly, CH$10,000 for one or two people).

Taxis to the airport run CH$12,000 to CH$15,000 (Uber rings up between CH$7000 and CH$9000); both trips take 30 to 45 minutes.

In addition to car-rental companies at the airport, the small Terminal Rent-A-Car, just outside the airport on the main road, houses several budget-friendly local agencies.

Aeródromo La Paloma

Charter flights leave from the small Aeródromo La Paloma, 3km northeast of downtown Puerto Montt.

Pewen Services Aéreos flies to Chaitén Monday to Friday (9:30am, 11:30am and 3:30pm) and Saturday and Sunday (9:30am). Aerocord flies the same route daily in summer, less in low season. A one-way ticket on either is CH$50,000.

A quick taxi from the costanera in Puerto Montt is CH$3500.