THE CENTRAL AMERICAN AVIATION THREAD
"Tribute to LADECO in Central America"
LADECO which was an acronym of Lineas Aereas del Cobre was a Chilean airline that began operations to Central America during the early 90s.
I think the former LAN Chile served Panama City some years before, but the credit for LADECO consisted in the discovery of the untapped market between Central America and Santiago de Chile. For example in 1993, when LADECO flew to Central America, neither LACSA nor COPA sustained flights to Chile, if I recall correctly. Once LADECO was purchased by LAN Chile, their operations ceased in the isthmus and the market was overtaken by CM PTY-SCL, LR SJO-LIM-SCL and LR SJO-PTY-LIM-SCL around the mid 90s.
CM PTY-SCL goes from 21x to 28x weekly in June, in conjunction with [TA/LR SJO-LIM-SCL 7x weekly + TA LIM-SCL 3x weekly]. The legacy of LADECO 20 years ago undoubtedly contributed to the consolidation of this sector.
Operations of LADECO in Central America:
UC [SCL-ARI**-SJO-MEX] 1x weekly, 733: 1993
UC [SCL-GYE-SJO-MEX] 1x weekly, 733: 1993
UC [SCL-GYE-GUA-MEX] 1x weekly, 733: 1993
UC [SCL-BOG-PTY] 2x weekly, 733, 1993
UC [SCL-IQQ**-SJO-MEX] 1x weekly, 733: 1994
UC [SCL-BOG-SJO-MEX] 1x weekly, 733: 1994
UC [SCL-BOG-GUA] 2x weekly, 733: 1994
**Sometimes both Arica and Iquique were utilized as technical stops.
Welcome everyone to the 48th installment of the Central American commercial aviation series !
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Edited on May 11th 2012.