dcajet wrote:Cubsrule wrote:dcajet wrote:
Re: MDZ, yes. at least temporarily. Interesting, now I can understand why SKY Airline said yesterday they have no plans to reduce or drop services to Argentina. They will have a monopoly on the route now.
Can't speak to Chile.
It'll be interesting to see how that shakes out for H2. For the O&D passenger, SCL-MDZ is an easy (and scenic) bus ride; flying probably only saves most passengers a couple of hours at most. So it seems like the advantage LA should have had on the route was their powerful hub at SCL.
The bus trip can be a bit problematic in the winter time when huge snow storms close down the Andes passes between Argentina and Chile; additionally there is the inconvenience of 2 immigration and customs checks at the border, so a 300 km ride can end up taking its sweet time. Sometimes the waiting time at the border can take hours, particularly if Argentinians descend "en masse" for weekend shopping trips in Santiago. Definitely the plane saves travelers precious time on this route - it is like a 30 minute flight.
Fair points, though the trip to SCL is no fun from most parts of Santiago that account for significant air travel demand, and immigration at SCL can be a mess (especially outbound).
I’m just not sure H2 can attract the type of passenger who will pay for a flight to save a few hours.