Saturday, March 18, 2017

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: ANAC authorizes routes to Flybondi, Avianca Argentina, Alas del Sur, Andes & American Jet - ROUTE AWARD DETAILS

The five airlines had the following routes approved:


The European-backed startup had its routes approved on the basis of operating its Buenos Aires-originating flights out of El Palomar (EPA) airport, located just west of the national capital.  

Routes include flights from El Palomar (EPA) to Cordoba (COR), Esquel (EQS), Iguazu (IGR), Mendoza (MDZ), Parana (PRA), San Luis (LUQ) and Viedma (VDM).  Plus three routes from Cordoba (COR and two from Mendoza (MDZ). 

Flybondi also had two international routes approved to Santiago (SCL):

Iguazu (IGR) - Santiago (SCL)
Salta (SLA) - Santiago (SCL) 

And several to Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU):

Bariloche (BRC) - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)
Cordoba (COR) - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)
Iguazu (IGR) - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)
Mendoza (MDZ) - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)
Rosario (ROS) - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)
Salta (SLA) - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

Avianca Argentina  

The Argentine affiliate of the main Colombian carrier, Avianca, had 16 routes approved, all originating in Buenos Aires, that are suitable to the relatively short range of the 12-strong ATR-72-600 fleet that it is in the process of acquiring.  

These include Buenos Aires to Concordia (COC), Rosario (ROS), Santa Fe (SFN) Sunchales (NCJ), Tandil (TDL) and Villa Maria (VMA) plus the Buenos Aires - San Luis (LUQ) - Rio Cuarto (RCU) - Buenos Aires triangle route.  

Points that are a little more distant in Patagonia were also awarded including Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) and Puerto Madryn (PMY).

Avianca Argentina also had two international routes approved; Porto Alegre (POA) and the coveted Buenos Aires - Montevideo (MVD) "Air Bridge". 

The carrier did not request routes out of Tucuman (TUC) related to its subsidy agreement with the province of Tucuman but this is expected to happen in the second round of route audiences to be held in April.  


Nearly all of the 21 routes approved for this Chinese-backed airline will be out of a Cordoba (COR) base, Argentina's second-largest city after Buenos Aires, and ideally located for hub operations in the center of the country.  

International routes were also approved for the carrier to Santa Cruz de la Sierra (VVI), Miami (MIA) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO) with an especially eye-catching route covering Cordoba (COR) - Buenos Aires - Los Angeles (LAX) - Shanghai Pudong (PVG) !   

Andes Lineas Aereas        

This carrier, which has been operating MD-80's from its Salta (SLA) base since 2006, received approval to expand its modest scheduled domestic network to include at least two multi-stop routes:

Buenos Aires - Rosario (ROS) - Resistencia (RES) - Posadas (PSS) - Iguazu (IGR).

Buenos Aires - Santiago del Estero (SDE) - Tucuman (TUC) - Salta (SLA) - Jujuy (JUJ).

It will also add scheduled international flights for the first time, including Buenos Aires - Cordoba (COR) - Lima (LIM) and Buenos Aires - Cordoba (COR) - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU).

American Jet     

The Neuquen (NQN)-based charter airline received approval for numerous scheduled flights from Neuquen (NQN) including some international flights.

Highlights include:

Neuquen (NQN) - Rosario (ROS) - Buenos Aires - Punta del Este (PDP)
Neuquen (NQN) - Cordoba (COR) - Rosario (ROS) - Porto Alegre (POA)
Neuquen (NQN) - Cordoba (COR) - Resistencia (RES) - Asuncion (ASU)

It will be interesting to see what type of aircraft American Jet acquires if it goes ahead with its scheduled flight plans.  The only types of aircraft that it currently operates that are of an airline nature are a single ATR-42 and a few Fairchild Metros. 


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