BRAZIL'S CIVIL aviation authority (DAC) has begun re-distributing among other carriers 12 routes no longer operated by troubled regional airline TABA.

TABA reportedly owes $3.5 million to some 700 employees who were made redundant two years ago, and it has reduced its fleet from eight Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirantes and two Fairchild FH-227s to two Bandeirantes.

TABA's route from Rio de Janeiro's Santos Dumont Airport to the neighbouring city of Belo Horizonte is being handed to a pool operated by Interbrasil, Pantal, Passaredo and Total. Five daily flights will be run in each direction using an AI(R) ATR 42. Penta Transportes Aereos will also operate two routes in northern Brazil. TABA originally operated 20 routes, but several have been operated by Rio Sul and Brasil Central since March.

Source: Flight International