PLUNA wants to fly domestic routes in Chile

PLUNA Líneas Aéreas Uruguayas S.A. (Primeras Líneas Uruguayas de Navegación Aérea) (Montevideo) has requested from the Chilean Joint Civil Aviation authorities (JAC, Junta de Aeronáutica Civil) authorization for operating domestic flights on Chilean routes.  A first step was made when the company issued  a request for operating air freight to JAC on July 24.  As soon as the authorization is granted the airline will start offering cargo services in an agreement with the Chilean company SKY Cargo. The first route would be Santiago-Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas.
The second stage will see the airline operating passenger flights, as sources from that airline recently stated. There is an Open Skies agreement between Chile and Uruguay and this means that Pluna would see no problems for operating in Chile. It is important to watch if the small market of commercial aviation in Chile (thistorically dominated by LAN) would have room for a fourth domestic operator.