Uruguay's BQB to launch Paraguay operations

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Uruguay's BQB Lineas Aereas is in the process of establishing a base in Paraguay, which will operate under the Alas del Paraguay brand name.

While no formal announcement has been made, a source at the Paraguayan Civil Aviation Authority (DINAC) confirms that the new airline is in the "administrative phase" of its certification process.

No official information is available, although a local industry source familiar with the project says that the company is being created by BQB's corporate parent, the Buenos Aires-based Buquebus travel company. The airline will operate in full coordination with BQB, eventually sharing its fleet.

Its launch could take place this year with an ATR 42-500 turboprop provided by BQB operating routes from Asuncion to Porto Alegre in Brazil, Salta in northern Argentina and Santa Cruz in Bolivia, although there are no details on the eventual network.

Buquebus is the Southern Cone's largest travel group with ferry, long haul bus, airline and travel distribution businesses. The airline of the group operates a fleet of ATR 72-500 aircraft and plans to introduce in October Airbus A320 operations, initially with operational support from Vueling, the Barcelona-based IAG subsidiary.