The National Directorate of Civil Aviation (Direccion Nacional de Aeronautica Civil) is the government authority responsible for regulating Paraguay’s civil aviation sector, while also charged with providing air navigation services.
Airports in Paraguay
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Mexican airline Interjet has recently introduced a raft of new routes from Mexico City Juarez International including three pairings featuring the carrier’s latest fleet addition – the Sukhoi Superjet 100 – a 93-seat jet that Interjet is banking on for penetration into Mexico’s thinner markets and possibly international service.
In some ways the introduction of the SSJ100 marks a new era for Interjet, which has rapidly grown to become the second largest domestic carrier behind Grupo Aeromexico. The addition of a new fleet type is somewhat of a gamble given the SSJ100’s unproven track record. But Interjet appears willing to roll the dice in order to solidify its competitive standing among the four largest Mexican carriers. The carrier is devising strategies to capture the air travel demand developing among the country’s growing middle class who are opting for cheap air travel in lieu of taking their journeys by bus.
Domestic passenger traffic in Mexico slowed to the single digits during 1H2013 after recording 10% growth in 2012. The country’s largest carrier Aeromexico is attributing some of the decrease in demand to a softening Mexican economy, which could pressure the country’s low-cost carriers whose business models are built on capturing members of the Mexican middle class that still travel largely by bus.
It is not yet clear how demand patterns within Mexico will shape up for the remainder of 2013, but all of the country’s main carriers continued to record year-on-year growth for Jun-2013 with the exception of Aeromexico. Mexico's only remaining legacy carrier is seeing its domestic market share slide as it focuses more on international expansion.
Boliviana de Aviacion set to expand as re-launch of Aerosur is unlikely due to government roadblocks
Bolivia’s Government has reportedly rejected a bailout plan for beleaguered Aerosur, which ceased operations in May-2012 after buckling under mounting tax burdens. The latest move adds fuel to arguments repeatedly made by Aerosur's private owners of the Bolivian Government showing a bias towards state-owned Boliviana de Aviacion (BoA) since BoA launched operations in 2009. BoA immediately drove down domestic fares in Bolivia and quickly captured a domestic market share equal to Aerosur.
BoA also launched international operations in 2010 and is now poised to accelerate expansion of its international network, which currently consists of only two destinations. Aerosur was Bolivia's largest international carrier and its demise creates opportunities for BoA, the country's small regional carriers and the 10 foreign carriers that currently serve the Bolivian market. New foreign carriers are also likely to launch services to Bolivia, with Spain's Air Europa particularly eager to join BoA in filling the void left by Aerosur on the key Madrid route.
The Government of Paraguay has passed a bill to concession out the Asunción Silvio Pettirossi Airport, along with several of the country's regional airports. If approved by Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, the 30-year concession will require an estimated USD100 million investment, which seems to be a lot of money for a country that has widely been regarded as something of a backwater in Latin America.
Local unions are vehemently opposed to the concession and about 2,000 unionised airport workers are now planning to wage a 10-day strike at Asunción Airport. The strike is expected to start at end of this week and result in widespread delays and cancellations.
Paraguay is one of only two landlocked countries in South America, surrounded by Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. It famously fought Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay between 1864 and 1879 in The War of the Triple Alliance, leaving Paraguay with a population of only 200,000 and economic stagnation that lasted half a century. But Paraguay has undergone something of a political resurgence since the 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner came to an end in 1989, allowing for regular democratic presidential elections.
Towards the end of Sep-2010 reports emerged from the English Midlands that Birmingham Airport, partly owned by two pension funds, could be sold to Middle East investors as part of a package of assets to fund other projects.
Bournemouth (UK) based Palmair announced that it intends to suspend all services at Bournemouth Airport for the months of Nov-2010, Dec-2010 and Jan-2011, citing poor advance bookings for winter, but hopes to produce a reduced winter timetable from Feb-2011 onwards. Despite this temporary setback Palmair, which claims to be Britain’s oldest tour operator, is one of the industry’s survivors, having been in business as the ‘in-house’ airline of a travel agent and tour operator, Bath Travel, since 1958 – 52 years.