Aerosur has attracted further investment from Uruguay businessman and former professional tennis player Alberto Dalva who has joined fellow investor William Petty of Franklin Mining Bolivia (Los Tiempos, 11-Jun-2012). According to reports the carrier is nearing an agreement with its creditors and plans to relaunch in the near future.
Aerosur attracts further investment; nears relaunch
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