Air transportation is everything in getting to and around South
America, and the enormous increase in nonstop and/or direct flights
between the Americas has made travel there more convenient than
Travelers are benefitting not only from greater frequencies to
major South American gateways, but from upgraded equipment on
international routes and from the buildup of new services,
particularly by Continental, from the Newark, Houston and Dallas
The newest service expected to come on line is American's,
flying daily between New York (Kennedy) and Lima, pending
Some of the most potentially useful services are city-pairs that
connect regions within South America. For example, Lan Chile and
Aerolineas Argentinas have established what amounts to an "air
bridge" of a dozen flights a day between Santiago and Buenos
In the Andes, AeroPeru is linking Santiago and Arica with Cusco
and Lloyd Aere Boliviano has daily service between La Paz and
Cusco. Also, American has filed to extend its proposed service from
New York to Lima on to Cusco, and has requested local traffic
rights for the Lima-Cusco sector.
New to the North-South American airline picture are code-share
agreements between U.S. carriers and newly privatized South
American carriers. Present alliances include United-Varig,
American-LanChile, American-TAM and, coming soon,
Miami-based Robert Booth, editor of "Aviation, the Latin America
& Caribbean Newsletter," pointed out that "these alliances are
not only devices to increase carrier revenues, but to lure more
passengers with such conveniences as one-stop check-ins and
increased frequent flyer benefits."
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The Carriers' Phone Numbers
Aerolineas Argentinas: (800) 333-0276.
AeroPeru: (800) 777-7717.
American: (800) 433-7300.
Avianca: (800) 284-2622.
Continental: (800) 525-0280.
Ecuatoriana: (800) 732-8277.
Guyana Airways: (718) 693-8000 in New York, (800) 242-4210
LanChile: (800) 825-5526.
Lloyd Aereo Boliviano: (800) 327-7407.
Saeta: (800) 827-2382.
Servivensa: (800) 428-3672.
Suriname Airways: (800) 327-6864.
Transbrasil: (800) 872-3153.
United: (800) 825-6422.
Varig: (800) 468-2744.
VASP: (800) 732-8277.