Artist's image of Alas del Sur A320. (Sir Chandler blog)
Alas del Sur recently surfaced as another candidate to establish a Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) operation in Argentina under the new liberalized air services environment introduced by Argentine President Mauricio Macri since he took office in December 2015.
The carrier already operates as a charter and air taxi service in Argentina but is seeking authorization to operate regularly scheduled air services, both domestic and international, working with Chinese business partners and US$ 100 million in start-up capital.
Business Plan - 2017
The airline's business plan calls for it to start service in April 2017 flying three A320 aircraft from a Cordoba (COR) base to six domestic points; Bariloche (BRC), Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), Mendoza (MDZ), Neuquen (NQN), Puerto Iguazu (IGR) and Salta (SLA) plus three regional South American destinations; Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG), Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU), and Santiago (SCL). By year-end 2017, Alas expects to have six A320's in service.
Three 777's are also planned for intercontinental service from Cordoba (COR) and Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Madrid (MAD) and Beijing (PEK).
Alas would start with 547 employees and projects US$ 73 million revenue in its first year.
Business Plan - 2022
By 2022, Alas projects having 1,460 employees and US$ 595 million in revenue while flying twelve A320's to 25 domestic points and 12 regional South American destinations. Intercontinental flights would be flown by five 777's with Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Barcelona (BCN) and Shanghai Pudong (PVG) being added to the route network.
Subsequent to the above information, Alas submitted route requests to the ANAC Argentine aviation authority in early December, which were published in the "Official Bulletin" prior to public route hearings that were held on December 27 with five airlines participating; Alas del Sur, American Jet, Andes Lineas Aereas, Avianca Argentina and Flybondi.
These route requests expanded considerably on those announced in the original business plan and would be for possible operation during the next 15 years showing the maximum number of stops. More than likely, the number of routes and number of legs on each route that would actually be flown would be far fewer than those shown:
1) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – ROSARIO and v.v.
2) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – TRELEW – PUERTO MADRYN – BARILOCHE – NEUQUÉN – EL CALAFATE – USHUAIA and v.v.
3) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – VILLA GESELL – MAR DEL PLATA – BAHÍA BLANCA – TRELEW – COMODORO RIVADAVIA – RÍO GALLEGOS – RÍO GRANDE – USHUAIA and v.v.
4) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – NEUQUÉN – SAN MARTÍN DE LOS ANDES – ESQUEL and v.v.
5) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – RÍO CUARTO – SAN LUIS – MENDOZA – TUCUMÁN – SALTA – JUJUY and v.v.
6) CÓRDOBA – MENDOZA – NEUQUÉN – TRELEW – COMODORO RIVADAVIA – RÍO GALLEGOS – RÍO GRANDE and v.v.
7) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – MENDOZA – SAN RAFAEL – SAN JUAN – LA RIOJA – CATAMARCA – SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO and v.v.
8) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – BAHÍA BLANCA – SANTA ROSA – VIEDMA and v.v.
9) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – SANTA FE – POSADAS – PUERTO IGUAZÚ and v.v.
10) SALTA – PUERTO IGUAZÚ – EL CALAFATE – BARILOCHE – CÓRDOBA and v.v.
11) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – CORRIENTES – RESISTENCIA – FORMOSA and v.v.
12) SALTA – JUJUY – CATAMARCA – SAN JUAN – MENDOZA – CÓRDOBA – NEUQUÉN – PERITO MORENO and v.v.
13) CÓRDOBA – SALTA – SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA and v.v.
14) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – ROSARIO – PORTO ALEGRE – SAO PAULO - RÍO DE JANEIRO and v.v.
15) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – ROSARIO – LIMA – MIAMI and v.v.
16) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – ROSARIO – ASUNCIÓN – MIAMI and v.v.
17) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – ROSARIO – SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA and v.v.
18) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – ROSARIO – SANTIAGO DE CHILE – MIAMI and v.v.
19) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – ROSARIO – MONTEVIDEO – PUNTA DEL ESTE and v.v.
20) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – LOS ÁNGELES – SHANGHAI and v.v.
21) CÓRDOBA – BUENOS AIRES – BARCELONA – ROME and v.v.
Rumors following the public route hearings are that the two existing carriers, American Jet and Andes plus Avianca Argentina will be granted some route rights by the ANAC but that Alas del Sur and Flybondi will have to wait until the second round of route hearings scheduled for March 2017.