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Panama’s Aeroperlas Has 90 Days to Decide Its Future

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After a hiatus of 99 days, Aeroperlas airlines, a subsidiary of Avianca Taca, has asked and received an extension of 90 more days to determine its future in Panama.

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Original Article Text From Panama America via Google Translate :

Aeroperlas give 90 days to decide his future

It’s been 99 days since the Feb. 29, 2012, the airline Aeroperlas, a subsidiary of Avianca Taca, suddenly announced the cessation of its operations in the country, and after this period the company continued on temporary suspension its operating certificate, to be granted a further extension for 90 days.

Claudia Arenas, global head of corporate affairs and communications Avianca Taca Group, said the evaluation process was scheduled for a definition on the subject of the airline Aeroperlas has taken longer than expected, for this reason, the company proceeded to ask the authorities for an additional period of 90 days (three months), which was authorized on May 31 this year.

Rafael Barcenas, director of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said that in the case of the airline Aeroperlas, “we will not rush to the situation moves to another level, because our hope is that in the future, this company back to work with some kind operations, because it suits the country and the consumer that there are two borrowers domestic flight service.

“When referring to the end of the 90-day extension requested by the airline, said the company can further extend flight to keep the application Aeroperlas alive, and once desist from such request, the company itself stops working.

Explained that domestic airfare in Panama is regulated, which is why the game out Aeroperlas, the Air Panama was not the monopoly granted, which keeps the cost to raise prices, because the State, for such flights, has a price cap, which has not changed. He added that the airline Air Panama absorbed the entire customer base Aeroperlas and that it has the capacity to cover the routes and destinations that the other company did.

Barcenas said that at present there is no proposal from another company to provide service Aeroperlas vacated. Eduardo Stagg, CEO Air Panama, said that increased their flights to destinations such as Bocas del Toro, David and Contadora, following the cessation of operations Aeroperlas.

“The number of flights depends on the season and type of aircraft, for example, to Bocas del Toro , before we flew two flights a day on a plane of 34 seats, which we replace it by three flights in a ship of 50 seats, “said Stagg.

Argues that David in the Chiriqui province increased from four to three flights five times a day, depending on demand. On the increase of passengers, said that compared to the same period last year is 25% to 30%, in turn states that have increased staffing and its fleet of aircraft.

Passenger movement data Aeroperlas
The airline carried a total of 113 000 222 passengers during 2011, while last year, the company belonging to Avianca Taca group raised a total of 110 thousand passengers, which makes an increase of 2.2% over the previous year. There was also canceled flights to Pedasi, in the province of Los Santos.

What he said about the closure of the airline. not going to rush the situation moves to another level, our hope is that in the future, this company again to work with any type of operation, because it suits the country and the consumer that there are two borrowers on domestic flights.

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