I don't know what Norwegian is waiting for to launch MAD-EZE. I mentioned there were MAD-GRU return for 537 EUR return for quite a few dates in October. But checking MAD-EZE, the cheapest non-stop option next month comes at 779 EUR with Air Europa (which I think now it is without checked luggage; at least for Latin American countries that allow it). With Iberia the cheapest fare goes up to 1042 EUR. And there are not many possibilities to connect from MAD to EZE (for instance TAP does not fly to EZE). MAD-EZE on Norwegian would be a blast.
They need to start domestic operations first (Oct. 16th is the date). That is where all eyeballs are looking at as domestic air travel is the big thing in Argentina now, both from a volume perspective as well as a political perspective. They need to show they mean business there. International travel should come next (and they have already established their credentials with the LGW operation, the market knows they are a serious option for less $). Now, it appears DN is eyeing inter-American flying first with the A321LR. So Europe may come later - but no later than end of 2019, as per what crews that are being hired now @ Buenos Aires and Cordoba are being told. The A321LR puts FLL within nonstop reach of EZE and COR. So. FL. is a huge attraction from Argentina, and quite a few Argentinians own second properties there. MIA is the #1 long haul destination out of Argentina, with Madrid in the second place.
TAP announced it will start flying LIS-EZE in 2019. No date given yet, but EZE should be one of 15 new cities that TAP will add in 2019 per its CEO.
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Are there open skies between Spain and Argentina? If not, what is the ASA arrangement?
While Argentina does not have any open skies treaties with any other state (shame!!!), with Spain it has the most liberal ASA treaty of all: basically any Argentinian or Spanish (but not EU) airline flying the flag can fly unlimited between the two countries with no fuss.
Norwegian cannot fly Argentina-Madrid under any of its current AOCs. The Argentinian AOC should enable them to launch flights to Spain, although I am not sure when are they exactly adding the first 787s to the ARG fleet.
Taking into account Norwegian super long crew trips it would not surprise if they rostered trips in routes like EZE-BCN-EZE-MAD-EZE, or even with a mix of other ports in South America wherever possible, namely EZE-BCN-GIG-BCN-EZE.
I guess Barcelona-EZE will come first. Just to beat some LEVEL, again, face to face.
Norwegian Argentina has had a valid Argentinian AOC since January so technically they could start flying to MAD, BCN & AGP (where to they hold authorities) tomorrow if they had the LV- registered 787s and local crews trained, etc, Two reasons they had delayed the beginning of its Argentinian operations: one was internal and it had to do with some of the challenges they had earlier in the year including a possible take over by IAG and an external: they were lobbying hard in Argentina for the market deregulation, which was approved in July by the authorities. Only then they put a date to the beginning of ops.