Monday, September 4, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: SAPSA to request 41 routes at 06Sep17 Route Hearings

SAPSA Lineas Aereas Fairchild Metro 23, LV-ZXA (c/n DC-901B), taxis out for departure at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 01Oct10. (Phil Perry Photo)

SAPSA Lineas Aereas is an air charter operator based in Viedma, Province of Rio Negro, in the Patagonia region of Argentina.  Founded in 1998, the carrier is part of the Via Bariloche transportation group, highlighted by an important Argentine long-distance bus company of the same name.  

SAPSA flies its single Learjet X45R and single Metro on executive charters, medical evacuation flights, and for groups, such as sports teams, musical bands, and corporate contingents.  

The airline is scheduled to participate in the 06Sep17 Argentine route hearings where it will request 41 routes for which it plans to acquire a CRJ-200 to operate.  

* Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) 

Many of its route requests will consist of Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) originating flights operating to two cities, usually relatively small in size, before returning to Aeroparque.  Examples include:     

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Rosario (ROS) - Resistencia (RES) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Resistencia (RES) - Tucuman (TUC) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Resistencia (RES) - Formosa (FMA) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Cordaba (COR) - Catamarca (CTC) round-trip 
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Cordoba (COR) - San Juan (UAQ) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Neuquen (NQN) - Bariloche (BRC) round-trip 
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Resistencia (RES) - Jujuy (JUJ) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Resistencia (RES) - Posadas (PSS) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Bahia Blanca (BHI) - Viedma (VDM) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - El Calafate (FTE) - Ushuaia (USH) round-trip 
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Santa Fe (SFN) - Cordoba (COR) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Viedma (VDM) - Bariloche (BRC)

Several such routes are planned from Rosario (ROS) too.

South America, Europe & the United States

Buenos Aires to several South American points will also be requested:   

Bolivia:  Santa Cruz de la Sierra (VVI)
Brazil:  Brasilia (BSB), Belo Horizonte (CNF), Porto Alegre (POA), Recife (REC), Rio de Janeiro, Viracopos (VCP) 
Chile:  Santiago (SCL)
Paraguay:  Asuncion (ASU)
Uruguay:  Montevideo (MVD), Punta del Este (PDP)

Some of these would be flown with intermediate stops, such as Montevideo (MVD), which would be operated on a Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Rosario (ROS) - Montevideo (MVD) round-trip routing.   

SAPSA will also ask for route authority on intercontinental routes to Europe and the United States though they would need a different type of aircraft than the CRJ-200 to fly that far !

Europe:  Frankfurt (FRA), Lisbon (LIS), Paris 
United States:  Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Orlando (MCO)   


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