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 March 31, 2010
Update On Chile's Tourism Infrastructure Post-Earthquake

 Chile's tourism infrastructure has been recovering following last month's magnitude 8.8 quake. Turismo Chile would like to communicate the latest updates on the country's tourism infrastructure in the areas that were most affected by the quake.

Santiago's International Airport is now operating 95% of scheduled flights and the airport authority has announced that all arrival and departure formalities are now being processed in the terminal building that has been reopened. For the time being however, only passengers are allowed into the terminal building.

National carrier LAN Airlines reports that all flight operations are back to normal with the exception of some domestic flights that are operating on a limited schedule due to the restricted capacity to process passengers for check-in. The airline expects to return to regular schedules once the terminal building is fully operational.

National carrier LAN Airlines reports that they are operating domestic flights with a limited schedule due to the restricted capacity to process passengers for check-in but expect to return to regular schedules once the terminal building is fully operational. It is recommended that passengers contact their airline for updated information on flight schedules and to confirm their reservation.

All major hotels in Santiago are open and fully operational with the exception of the Radisson Hotel Santiago North in one of Santiago's prominent business and industrial areas that reported structural damage and is still closed.

All of Chile's major ski resorts including Portillo, Valle Nevado, Colorado, La Parva, Farellones and Nevados de Chillan, closer to the Bio Bio Valley, have announced that they will be open and fully operational during the Southern Hemisphere winter season. Surfing towns along the coast, near the city of Concepcion, close to the quake epicenter, have reported damages and are not yet operational.

US and Canadian tour operators and media requiring additional information or assistance can contact Turismo Chile at ofitur@embassyofchile.org.