Pluna to launch service to Buenos Aires Ezeiza

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Uruguay's Pluna has unveiled plans to launch services next month to Buenos Aires Ezeiza airport, supplementing its existing high-frequency service to the city's downtown airport Aeroparque.

Pluna on 3 February announced it will begin two daily flights between its Montevideo hub and Ezeiza from 14 March. The carrier says the Ezeiza flights are being added to provide better connections via Buenos Aires between Uruguay and destinations outside South America.

Ezeiza hosts all long-haul flights serving Buenos Aires. But passengers from these flights wishing to connect to Uruguay now must transfer to Aeroparque airport, where Pluna has 60 weekly flights from Montevideo. Aerolineas Argentinas also operates a high frequency Aeroparque-Montevideo service but according to Innovata there are currently no scheduled passenger flights between Ezeiza and any destination in Uruguay.

Aeroparque and Cordoba are currently Pluna's only two destinations in Argentina. Pluna, which operates a fleet of 10 Bombardier CRJ900s, also briefly served Rosario in 2008 but dropped the flight due to a lack of demand.

Last year Pluna also dropped a planned new service to Barliloche after authorisations from the Argentinean government were revoked at the last second. In 2009 for similar reasons Pluna was forced to drop a new service to Trelew.