Sunday, September 3, 2017

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: Polar Lineas Aereas to request 75 routes at 06Sep17 Route Hearings

Polar Lineas Aereas is a proposed carrier that almost appears to be a publicity stunt to promote the province of San Luis in Argentina given the airline's disproportionate route plans from cities located there.

The carrier plans to request many routes from the province's three most important, yet relatively small cities; the capital San Luis (pop. 170,000), Villa Mercedes (100,000) and Merlo, a popular tourist area due to its proximity to a mountain range and availability of recreational opportunities but not a mass tourism center by any means.  

San Luis (LUQ) has had regular air service for many years but both Villa Mercedes (VME) and Merlo (RLO) have had very limited and sporadic flights, which makes Polar's route requests seemingly irrational. 

More conventional service requests from Cordoba (COR), La Plata (LPG) and Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) and Ezeiza (EZE) are also planned.   

Polar plans to request 44 domestic and 31 international routes operated by 737, DC-10 (?) and A340 aircraft.  

DOMESTIC ROUTES INCLUDE:

* Merlo (RLO)Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), Cordoba (COR), La Plata (LPG), Mendoza (MDZ), Rosario (ROS), San Luis (LUQ) and Villa Mercedes (VME).

* San Luis (LUQ) - To various cities though not as many as Merlo (RLO) 

* Villa Mercedes (VME) - To various cities though not as many as Merlo (RLO) 

* Cordoba (COR) - Various routes including several "triangle routes" such as:

Cordoba (COR) - Tucuman (TUC) - Salta (SLA) - Cordoba (COR)
Cordoba (COR) - Catamarca (CTC) - La Rioja (IRJ) - Cordoba (COR)
Cordoba (COR) - Resistencia (RES) - Iguazu Falls (IGR) - Cordoba (COR)
Cordoba (COR) - El Calafate (FTE) - Ushuaia (USH) - Cordoba (COR)
Cordoba (COR) - Trelew (REL) - Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) - Cordoba (COR) 
Cordoba (COR) - Neuquen (NQN) - Bariloche (BRC) round-trip     

* Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - 10 routes that are all already flown by other carriers.

INTERNATIONAL ROUTES INCLUDE:

* Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - La Paz (LPB), Lima (LIM), Porto Alegre (POA), Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG), Santiago (SCL),  and Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

* Cordoba (COR) - To South American points, many stopping in Rosario (ROS)

* Cordoba (COR) - Via Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to both Madrid (MAD) and Miami (MIA) and also through Rosario (ROS) to both Madrid (MAD) and Miami (MIA) 

* La Plata (LPG) - Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG), Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU), Santa Cruz de la Sierra (VVI)

LPG would require a lot of infrastructure development, especially a longer runway, before international flights could be operated. 

Sources:

https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/#!DetalleNorma/169233/20170816
http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2017/08/confirmada-la-audiciencia-publica-6-septiembre-muchas-rutas-pedidas/comment-page-2/#comments
http://www.aviacionline.com/2017/08/ya-tiene-fecha-la-aeroaudiencia2017-y-se-viene-con-cada-cosa/

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