Friday, May 8, 2015

Amaszonas / BQB Lineas Aereas' Montevideo (MVD) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) Start Date Uncertain

Portal de America reports that the start date of Amaszonas' new service between Montevideo (MVD) and Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) using BQB Lineas Aereas' Uruguayan Air Operator's Certificate is uncertain as the Bolivian carrier has not received authorization to fly the route from either the Uruguayan DINACIA or Argentine ANAC aviation authorities. 

Permission from Uruguay might be hindered by political considerations, such as possible favoritism by the Uruguayan government of the imminent start-up of Alas Uruguay, a privately-owned carrier that is seen as the de facto replacement for the now-defunct PLUNA that also aspires to fly the former flag carrier's flagship route between MVD and AEP.  Alas Uruguay is mainly composed of ex-PLUNA employees.

Presently, the only airline flying the highly-profitable route between the Argentine and Uruguayan capital cities is Aerolineas Argentinas' Austral subsidiary with 6-7 roundtrips per day operated with EMB-190's.  With Amaszonas / BQB to be a Uruguayan operation, presumably the Uruguayan DINACIA would have to grant Alas Uruguay the route authority before the Argentine ANAC could act.         


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