|Quoting Luisca (Reply 133):|
TA is there solely because they integrated 5 airlines, and LR is always trying to stay a bit separate
does try to stay a bit separate and a tad more independent, LR
is gone and only exists as a shadow if its former self with Costa Rican flagged aircraft and the LR
callsign and code, but that's it.
, from my point of view, by acquiring GU
, and NICA, has basically established a de facto monopoly for themselves. Sure, there's still CM
, but that doesn't change the fact that TA
has basically been allowed to establish this de facto monopoly. Just remember the incident from last year, when CM
was denied the authority to operate a second daily flight into SAL
by the Salvadoran Supreme Court (though I believe this was later overturned), even though both Panama and El Salvador signed a new bilateral allowing CM
a second daily frequency to SAL
respectively. There's just too much that may hint towards TA
having been involved in this, or having even forced this decision. The current situation however is taking a toll on TA
. They're suffering from a high pilot turnover and are forced to even go public by putting adverts in the classifieds.
Example (though specifically from LR
And specifically here in Costa Rica, we had two startups, both having completed certification for their AOC
, who have not started at all. Did they run out of money: maybe. Did they get difficulties starting up because of excessive formalites: probably (Costa Rica is a highly bureaucratic and centralised country, I can only shudder at how extense this bureaucracy can be). Could they have gotten interference from TA
, CTAC, DGAC and the Ministry of Transportation, which may have forced them to not start up after all, despite fulfilling requirements: given the mentioned protectionism, it's likely, but who knows. Here in Costa Rica, aviation related issues are only a footnote in the media. All we know is the current crisis between the government and Alterra regarding the mess that SJO
currently is, but not even La República has, to my knowledge at least, reported about anything regarding Aeropostal Alas de Centroamérica and Costa Rica Skies (the two startups I mentioned, both having a DC-9 and an MD
-80 stored at SJO
respectively). We don't know how things are, and the reputation of the government and of TA
in the community does not help at all with the rumours about protectionism for TA
(the same for the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua).
Check out this thread as well: http://costaricaaviation.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=837
In it, there's talk about pilots having to work at least 90 hours a month, tie new hire pilots with only few flight hours experience for 15 years to TA
and for low pay, hiring pilots who have flown only 300 flight hours, and some of them without having flown jets at all, and TA
putting two captains into the flightdeck (with the leftseat being the unexperienced captain and the rightseat being the captain with more flight hours than the leftseat). Like I said in that thread in CRAV, TA
seems to have become complacient, and they may be paying the price for it with this very high turnover and the possible bad work conditions.