Uruguay's enigmatic LCC Uair, co-founded last December by TAM, scrapped their planned Montevideo-Buenos Aires Ezeiza service, which was due to commence on November 19.
Uair, which began operating 2 ex-TAM Fokker 100s less than a year ago from Montevideo in Uruguay to Córdoba, Mendoza and Rosario in Argentina plus Curitiba in Brazil, has since added the Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre and Sao Paolo to their network, and had Buenos Aires at the top of their list of future destinations until today.
What this means is that this coming high season, which will begin in the middle of December, Aerolíneas Argentinas and Pluna of Uruguay will face hardly any competition on their trans-River Plate routes, as the main alternative, Aerovip, unofficially folded just days ago. American Falcon, who are experiencing their toughest year so far and briefly suspended operations in March, will be able to serve Punta del Este perhaps once daily, as they are down to just 2 operational B737-200s. Their Montevideo service from Ezeiza became superfluous once Iberia launched direct services to the Uruguayan capital in August, eliminating the need for the daily service from Buenos Aires operated by American Falcon through code-share.
Meanwhile, Uair do plan to launch flights to Punta del Este from December, except that they would rank as the world's shortest scheduled Fokker 100 service as they would originate from Montevideo, about 10 minutes flying time away (or two-and-a-half hours by bus).
Nonetheless, Buenos Aires-Montevideo is still a route well served, by American, Pluna, TAM Mercosur and United from Ezeiza and Aerolíneas and Pluna from Aeroparque. However, Argentine aviation is increasingly going the way of Chile, with Aerolíneas and Austral effectively one (like LAN and LAN Express), with Southern Winds posing the only credible competition, as SKY does in Chile.