Montevideo FlightsUruguay’s foreign ministry is in talks with two national flag airlines in hopes of adding Montevideo flights to Africa and the Middle East.

The Ministry of Transportation and Public Works is encouraging Qatar Airways and South African Airways to add service to Montevideo’s Carrasco International (MVD) from Doha and Johannesburg, respectively. Qatar currently offers direct flights to Buenos Aires (Map), while SAA serves both Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo (Map).

In exchange for flights to Montevideo, Uruguay is offering both airlines pilot training and aircraft maintenance facilities at Laguna del Sauce airport outside of Punta del Este. In addition, both Qatar and SAA would have the option of exploring real estate investment opportunities in the Free Trade Zone surrounding the airport.

In related news, El Observador says Uruguay will soon add service to Bolivia when Amazonas begins three weekly flights from Montevideo to Santa Cruz later this month. With a fleet of 40-passenger Bombardiers, Amazonas has carved out a successful niche using Santa Cruz as a regional hub to Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. (Full Story in Spanish)

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