BTW, do you know whether MVD will extend its runway, permitting IB to fly nonstop MVD-MAD? Any clue whether this is related to MVD's new terminal project?
As far as I know Carrasco's Masterplan includes a runway expansion, therefore making possible non-stop flights to Europe with fully loaded aircraft. The new owner, which I have heard has some relation with Argentina's AA2000, wants Montevideo to become an important regional hub with important overseas connections. If they really want to achieve this goal a larger runway is a big must.
Finally, does anyone know what new international destinations G3 has planned? I take it they now fly GRU-EZE, NVT-EZE and will start GRU-VVI soon [will it be a daily?]. I am guessing they must be looking at MVD and maybe ASU, SCL, PDP [seasonal] and even LIM...
Although I know Gol's plans as much as ancient Aramaic, I believe those cities you mention might be interesting, yet I would be quite skeptical about it.
Asunción could be a good niche, as Varig and TAM offer horrendous prices, the latter through its local TAM Mercosur branch, taking advantage of their monopoly. Nevertheless should they ever start flying to ASU
, I see them continuing onwards Córdoba, just like Varig does. Maybe we could even see a GRU
-VVI, as second frequency to Santa Cruz de la Sierra if GRU
-VVI works well.
Punta del Este is always a cashcow during the summer months, and Pluna only operates a weekly
service from São Paulo on Sundays. I have always wondered why they don't upgrade frequencies on GRU
-PDP - there are thousands of (rich) Brazilians, mainly from São Paulo and Porto Alegre, that spend their summer holidays in the Uruguayan resort. Nevertheless authorities in Uruguay seem to be very conservative regarding flight rights, thus making it very difficult to get the authorisation for GRU
-PDP. This distrust can also be extended to GRU
, Pluna's biggest income route, served up to 6 times daily with a mixture of 737 and 757. However, apparently Gol managed to get the bloody rights for Montevideo.
Santiago de Chile seems to be interesting, as Varig, TAM and LAN have proven. What calls my attention is the fact that GRU
with turn-arounds takes about 10 hours, which is quite a lot for a low-cost carrier. The same goes to Lima and Bogotá, though both destinations have been rumoured to be targetted by Gol.