SJOtoLIR wrote:The source wikipedia states that Copa Airlines will fly to Arequipa soon.
Frequencies and equipment have not been confirmed yet.
Well, earlier this year, the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador said that Copa was going to open AQP. This was the condition that the Peruvian Government gave CM if they wanted to open a 6th daily flight to LIM.
With the current equipment, it is not profitable to open AQP, thus the only other option that the Peruvian Government provided CM was to use the frequencies of Peruvian Airlines that had the rights for LIM-PTY via codeshares. More details about that in: http://www.portaldeturismo.pe/noticia/v ... esta-ruta-.
Thus the news of the new codeshares with Peruvian and LC Perú. If not mistaken that should allow CM to keep its 6th daily frequency to LIM, although each of them have permission for 7 weekly frequencies (14 in total). Thus maybe they are just provisioning the possibility of a 7th daily frequency if they can convince the Peruvian Government to allow CM to fully use those 14 frequencies.
If not, maybe CM can open AQP when the 737 Max arrive,thus allowing CM to open a 7th frequency to LIM.
But anyways, Copa's CEO recently said that for now, they will try to consolidate CIX before they open any new destinations in Peru.
Now that I checked the Spanish version of the destinations, those are some wishful thinking: MEL, SYD, AKL, etc. Specially since CM does not have any B777.