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LATAM Airlines Argentina ceases operations

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LATAM Airlines Group has made this announcement about its Argentina subsidiary:

LATAM Airlines Group informs that LATAM Airlines Argentina announced on June 17, 2020 that it will cease passenger and cargo operations for an indefinite period.

The announcement is a result of current market conditions, exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulty of building structural agreements with local industry actors, which has made it impossible to foresee a viable and sustainable long-term project.

“This is regrettable but inevitable news. Today, LATAM must focus on transforming the group to adapt to post-COVID-19 aviation,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group. “Argentina has always been a fundamental country for the group and will remain so, with LATAM’s other affiliates continuing to connect passengers from Argentina with Latin America and the world.”

LATAM Airlines Argentina will cease flights to/from 12 domestic destinations while international destinations in the United States, Brazil, Chile and Peru will continue to be served by other LATAM affiliates, once COVID-19-related travel restrictions are lifted by the authorities. Likewise, international cargo routes will continue to be served by the other group affiliates. LATAM Airlines Argentina is the only group affiliate that will cease operations.

LATAM Airlines Argentina will soon communicate, via its official channels, information and options for passengers who have purchased tickets, in line with the following commercial policies:

National routes

  • For tickets purchased by credit card, a full refund will be automatically provided to the original payment method within 30 to 45 days. For other payment methods, refunds must be requested via: latam.com/mytrips

International routes

  • Date changes can be made at no cost, without fare differences, subject to cabin availability and ticket validity (one year from the original outbound travel date).
  • Alternatively, customers can request a travel voucher to be used on any LATAM route until December 31, 2021.

Tickets bought with LATAM Pass miles to any destination

  • LATAM Pass members can request a mile refund to their account via latam.com. Taxes will be refunded according to the method of payment.

About LATAM Airlines Argentina

For 15 years, LATAM Airlines Argentina has contributed to the development and connectivity of Argentina, transporting 3.1 million passengers last year and each week an average of 270 tons of exports goods – including berries, fresh meats and pharmaceuticals – and 290 tons of imported goods (mainly auto parts, industrial machinery and pharmaceuticals).

The airline has also made a historic commitment to supporting repatriation efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, being its sole purpose since March 19. Working with the Argentine Foreign Ministry and local consulates, 16,015 people have been able to return to Argentina and more than 6,000 foreign citizens have traveled back to their destinations of origin.

Top Copyright Photo: LATAM Airlines (Argentina) Airbus A320-233 LV-BRY (msn 1351) AEP (Ken Petersen). Image: 937875.

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Ernest Airlines adds new summer destinations

Ernest Airlines Airbus A320-233 EI-GCC (msn 2044) BLQ (Marco Finelli). Image: 939070.

Ernest Airlines has made this announcement on new routes:

From June 23 the new Bologna-Kiev flight will be added to the Bologna-Tirana route.

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Avianca is coming to Chicago and Orlando with new routes

Avianca (Costa Rica) Airbus A320-233 N495TA (msn 3103) MIA (Tony Storck). Image: 926153.

The Avianca Group is adding new routes from Central America and South America to the United States. New daily service from Guatemala City to Chicago (O’Hare) will start on April 1, 2019. The new route will be operated by Avianca Costa Rica (formerly LACSA) and Airbus A320 aircraft according to Airline Route.

The carrier is also starting Guatemala City – Orlando service on August 2, 2018, three days a week, with Airbus A319s.

Additionally Avianca (Peru) will add the daily Lima – Orlando route on August 1, 2018 with Airbus A319 aircraft.

Finally Avianca (El Salvador) will add the San Salvador – Boston route on August 17, 2018. The route will be operated two days a week.

Copyright Photo: Avianca (Costa Rica) Airbus A320-233 N495TA (msn 3103) MIA (Tony Storck). Image: 926153.

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Air Moldova to fly to Israel

Air Moldova Airbus A320-233 ER-AXP (msn 741) CDG (Ole Simon). Image: 913708.

Air Modova will add the Chisinau – Tel Aviv route on May 6. The new route will be operated three days a week with Airbus A320s according to Airline Route.

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Dominican Wings to become the newest ULCC airline

 

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Dominican Wings announced on March 5 that it is changing its business model from a charter airline to ultra low cost carrier (ULCC) scheduled carrier.

Supported by Airbus executive Gonzalo Ramos and ULCC expert Mike Powell, the CEO and Founder, Victor Miguel Pacheco, confirmed this news and expanded on the specifics of the market and the model.

The airline continued:

Market

The Dominican air travel market has experienced steady growth in the last few years and Dominican Wings believes that, by adopted the ULCC model, it can accelerate that growth. As such Dominican Wings will be a catalyst for the rapid expansion of the air transportation market in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean as a whole. New traffic to and from the island will provide direct and indirect employment opportunities and have a significant positive impact on the regional and national economy.

ULCC Model

Ultra low cost carriers have been amongst the most successful airline business around the world. The highly efficient ULCC model provides passengers with the opportunity to travel for significantly lower fares than those currently offered by high cost airlines. This is achieved by applying the fundamental principles of low cost: a fleet of modern, efficient and single-type aircraft; high density seating in a single class; high aircraft utilization and staff productivity; low overheads; the sale of food and beverages on board as well as other ancillary services such as priority boarding and extra legroom seats.

Victor Pacheco comments that:

“whereas traditional airlines sell an all-inclusive fare with a margin levied on every aspect of that service, Dominican Wings will charge a passenger a base fare and passengers will be able to choose which, if any, extras they wish to purchase”.

Bringing this air transportation model to the Dominican market for the first time will allow more Dominicans to access to air travel, to visit friends and relatives, to go on vacation, to work and study abroad. Victor’s goal is to give an equal opportunity to all Dominicans to travel and see the planet from the skies.

The Dominican government in the form of IDAC, JAC and CESAC have been supportive of this process and welcome the opportunities that the ULCC model will bring to the country.

Airport Tender

Mike Powell added that the ULCC model relies on low costs and competitive supplier relationships, ntably with airports, ground handlers and other key suppliers.

“The airline will have several bases in different airports within the Dominican Republic. A tender for a competitive cost base is underway and the airport that makes the most attractive proposal will be developed first”.

Expert Partner

Mike Powell is an investor in Dominican Wings and has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mike was previously the CFO at Wizz Air, a European ULCC which completed the largest low cost airline IPO in history when it listed its shares in London in 2015. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Flybondi, the first low cost airline in Argentina. Flybondi raised $75M in June 2017 through local and international investors.

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Ernest Airlines to expand operations to Ukraine

Ernest Airlines Airbus A320-233 EI-GCC (msn 2044) BLQ (Marco Finelli). Image: 939070.

Ernest Airlines this month is expanding service to Ukraine, with new service to Kiev (Zhulyany) and Lviv from Bergamo, Naples and Venice. The new flights will start on December 8, 2017.

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Top Copyright Pnoto: Ernest Airlines Airbus A320-233 EI-GCC (msn 2044) BLQ (Marco Finelli). Image: 939070.