Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ROUTE UPDATES: Aerolineas Argentinas & Austral New Routes & More Flights - OVERVIEW

Aerolineas Argentinas and sister carrier Austral Lineas Aereas are in the process of adding new service, mostly on domestic routes in Argentina.

The airlines are pursuing a three-pronged route strategy:

1) More Domestic Feeder Flights to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) Hub 

Aerolineas and Austral plan to increase feeder flights from the "interior" of Argentina to their Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) international hub, thereby strengthening their South American and intercontinental networks.

2) More Direct Flights between Argentine Cities without connecting through Buenos Aires

Traveling from one city to another in Argentina usually involves connecting through Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), which can be very inconvenient, when flying between two northern cities, for example.  Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral have been seeking to alleviate this situation with new point-to-point flights within Argentina.

3) Cordoba (COR) and Rosario (ROS) "Focus Cities"

Special emphasis for new service between "interior" points is being placed on Cordoba (COR), Argentina's second-largest city with 1.2 million people, and Rosario, Argentina's third-largest city with a population of 900,000.

Cordoba (COR) has substantial international service, including to Santiago (SCL), Lima (LIM), Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG), Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and Panama City (PTY) but, until recently, has had little point-to-point domestic service other than to the Buenos Aires airports.   

Rosario also has significant international service, including to Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) and Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) with new service due to be added to Lima (LIM) by LAN Peru and Panama City (PTY) by COPA shortly.  However, as with Cordoba, most of Rosario's Argentine domestic flights were to Buenos Aires, until recently. 

Between new service added in recent months and also to be added in the near future, both Cordoba (COR) and Rosario (ROS) will have much more nonstop point-to-point service than at any time in recent years. 

Four more posts will follow this one in the coming days outlining specific route additions and frequency increases. 

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