About LAN's Malvinas flights:
They are operated 1 x weekly (Saturdays) as flight LA991 (outbound) and LA990 (return) with A320s. I don't know if the flight is strictly between PUQ and MPN, or if the actually starts/continues at/to SCL
. Given the touchy nature of traffic rights, I'd imagine it's just the PUQ-MPN sector--remember K denying airspace clearance to 11 of 16 LAN's proposed SCL
-MPN charter flights last summer.
Once a month LAN stops in Argentina en-route to MPN (as agreed in the 1998 treaty), which usually meant RGL. However, RGL's runway was resurfaced in January/February (genius timing, don't you think?!), and instead LAN began stopping at USH
. It turned out to be a very good idea, which is why I was wondering if LAN had switched back to RGL or continued stopping in USH
What I never understood is when LAN stopped monthly in RGL, did they stop in PUQ too or did the flight link directly with SCL
and PMC instead. I was just thinking that LAN stood to make even MORE profit as the only major carrier flying between PUQ and RGL/USH
, as cross-border aerial connections are otherwise poor. Do you think LADE would ever be granted operating rights into PUQ, or no because they are military?
Incidentally, flights LA997 and LA996 are the ones that also connect RGL/USH
My reasoning behind COR
/MDZ/SLA is primarily location. It's no good having an LCC based in close to the Andean Pact countries because they have perhaps the most impermeable markets in the region--better to focus an LCC on the Southern Cone and maybe Brazil, and approach Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela when they are ready. Besides, many of those who fly in South America are foreign tourists, the majority of whom will have arrived through EZE
, rather than LIM
, which is why a Pacific coast base wouldn't make too much sense.
The challenge for Ryanair lies in outpricing existing airlines. Aerolíneas, AeroSur, American Falcon, GOL, LAB, LAN, Nuevo Continente, Pluna, SKY
, Southern Winds, Uair and VASP all offer pretty remarkable fares. The only ones I would attack are TAM, TAME and Varig.
Or Ryanair could do what they've done in Europe; HQ
themselves in DUB
and base their fleet in STN
. So maybe yes, in a South American venture they could HQ
in IQQ (for tax reasons) and base their [CC-registered] fleet in COR
, MDZ or SLA (all are MASSIVE airfields), with hubs too...
I just hope FR
don't advertise Montevideo as Buenos Aires, Rio Grande as Ushuaia, Posadas as Iguazú, Iquique as Antogasta or Jujuy as Salta. Then yes, O'Leary would be in trouble...