I always wondered why there were no flights from Brazil to AEP. I think I read on this forum that someone had travelled SCL-AEP. Maybe I overlook the post and the flight actually was SCL-EZE.
The only airline to operate AEP
was Lapa, for a short time, while they were owned by Bolivia's Aerosur. Those flights were AEP
. Passengers had to leave the plane at MDZ or IGR and do customs and migrations there. However, MJ
put some ads that were like: "We make it easier - Sao Paulo and Santiago de Chile, from Aeroparque".
This said, as XV well mentioned, customs and migration facilities at AEP
are only available for Uruguay, thus no flights to other countries can be operated from our downtown airport.
I'm shocked with this information. But a country in CAT-II would be able to operate Airbuses to the US? Sorry, but in my point of view putting Uruguay and Argentina in CAT-II is ridiculous to say the least.
A country in CAT II
can fly to the US aicraft that were bought/leased before the country was downgraded to CAT II
. To make it easier, AR
can only fly its 742s and A342s to the US. Pluna could only fly its 732s or 733 (!), since the 763 and 752 were leased after downgrading.
Also it's worth mentioning that a country in CAT II
cannot fly to new destinations in the US. AR
is really interested on flying to LAX
, and opening a daily MIA
flight (currently it's 5x weekly), but they can only use the slots they got before we were downgraded.
I completely agree on the fact that Argentina and Uruguay should be in CAT I. An FAA delegation visited Argentina a few weeks ago in order to see how things are moving here -- we've got to be patient.
Anyway, AA will start non-stop direct servies MIA-MVD in December. So the AA flight to MIA-EZE will not continue to MVD anymore.
will start MIA
-MVD on a 3x weekly basis. The other four days of the week, the flight will be operated as always -- MIA
And PU should have started non-stop services MVD-MAD a long time ago - IB is having a LF of 85% on their newly introduced nonstop flights MAD-MVD. Currently PU operates MVD-GIG-MAD (767)
MVD's runway is too short for a fully-loaded pax+cargo+fuel 763 or A343 going to Europe. That's why PU
decided to do the stop-over at GIG
I believe IB
decided to operate MVD with restrictions applying, mainly in cargo. For the Christmas season, Iberia announced they will fly MAD
-MVD, without getting rights in the GIG
-MVD segment. This makes sense since it's in December that most people travel, and that the cargo loads rise considerabily.
For your information, Carrasco's longest runway is 2.700 meters. Certainly not enough for a big plane fully loaded.
[Edited 2004-11-13 20:09:51]