Uruguay attempts to salvage Pluna

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Uruguay's government is trying to save a part of the country's flag carrier, Pluna, and is offering all its routes and at least 50% of its staff as part of a package of seven Bombardier CRJ900s it is offering for auction, according to local sources.

The deal has been offered to BuqueBus, SOL Lineas Aereas as well as a number of other parties, indicates the source.

Pluna ceased operations on 6 July after running into financial difficulties.

The first batch of aircraft, built in 2008, will be auctioned off by the country's government on 3 September. According to public works and transport minister Enrique Pintado, the auction will have a $135 million starting price, with a $100 million floor price.