ODwyerPW wrote:Interesting country.... More than twice the Size of Ireland, with nearly half of it's population and a 1/3 to 1/4 of it's GDP (depending on what years/formulas you use as your basis).
C010T3 wrote:I really don't get why Uruguay would need an airline.
mercure1 wrote:Wonderful country, but terrible luck at airlines.
AAtakeMeAway wrote:What's the reason the operating costs are so high there?
dcajet wrote:Amaszonas Uruguay (a unit of Bolivia's Amaszonas) is in dire straits: will reduce flying by 50%, return one of its 2 CRJ-200s and operate only one daily flight to Buenos Aires AEP and another to Asuncion ASU and Santa Cruz VVI. The airline will lay off 36 of its 74 workers and is asking for government subsidies and a reduction in taxes and fuel cost. Uruguay has the highest jet fuel price and airline/airport taxes in the region.
The de facto flag carrier for Uruguay blames soft demand from Argentina and Brazil as well as the high cost inherent to operations in Uruguay.
https://www.elobservador.com.uy/nota/am ... yeM6sXSqjE
Since PLUNA's bankruptcy in 2011, Uruguay's airline sector has been nothing but a litany of bad news, with the bankruptcies of Alas Uruguay and BQB Lineas Aereas. Too small a market to support a home grown airline, it relies on its two neighbors, Argentina and Brazil for feed to any national airline. And these usually don't stand a chance with the airlines from its two larger neighbors. High operating costs also make Uruguay a destination that oftentimes doesn't spell profits for international airlines: this year alone, Avianca has announced it is ending its BOG-MVD service and SKY Airline is ending its SCl_MVD flights.
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