Bolivia's BoA adding new routes as 737 fleet expands

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Bolivian state-owned start-up Boliviana de Aviacion (BoA) is to receive a third Boeing 737-300 aircraft next week, enabling it to expand its domestic operations.

After starting flights exclusively linking Bolivia's three main cities - La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz - the airline will use the additional aircraft to open new links to Sucre in central Bolivia, having already introduced flights to the southern town of Tarija in June.

According to a BoA source, the airline will receive two more 737 aircraft before the end of the year, with which it will open routes to Trinidad and Cobija, in Bolivia's lowlands.

"Once we have consolidated our domestic expansion, we will start offering international flights to destinations in Argentina, Brazil and Peru," he adds.

BoA's first international route will "still be opened this year", he claims. BoA has come under attack from private competitor Aerosur which accuses its rival of offering subsidised fares and receiving "special treatment" from the state.