BQB Airlines

With aggressive pricing, BQB should begin to take more market share from Aerolineas.

Eighteen months after Pluna Airlines ceased operations, BQB Airlines is gradually filling the regional void and making it increasingly unlikely Uruguay will have another national carrier.

That is the conclusion of CAPA, the leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence, in a very detailed analysis of the rapid rise of BQB Air since 2010. When Pluna collapsed in 2012, BQB only operated 13 routes. Today BQB is adding new regional routes and preparing to replace turboprops with leased Airbus A319s.

While Aerolineas and LATAM still dominate seat capacity in and out of Montevideo’s Carrasco International, BQB Air offers more competitive round-trip fares to popular destinations like Buenos Aires (US$180), Porto Alegre (US$222), Santiago (US$277) and Rio de Janeiro (US$359). BQB will add six weekly flights to Sao Paulo’s International (GRU) next month.

CAPA predicts BQB Air’s market share will continue to rise this year with the fleet additions and urges the Uruguay government to fight aggressively for the coveted Montevideo to Buenos Aires Aeroparque slots for BQB. (Full Story)

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