Uruguay is moving forward with plans to build Latin America’s first airline university in Punta del Este. More details emerged this week about the ambitious project which will be sold as a public-private initiative.
Rumors of the planned facility surfaced last month when Uruguay representatives flew to Qatar to encourage more Qatari investment in Uruguay. Qatar Airways is expected to initiate service to Uruguay later this year.
The arrival of more European and Middle East carriers to Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay is one of the motivations for the new facility. Apparently Air France, which added service to Montevideo in 2013, had to relocate a mechanic from France to Montevideo just to service their planes at Carrasco International Airport.
More than just a flight training facility, Uruguay transportation officials envision a regional airline university with comprehensive training for aspiring pilots, mechanics and flight crews. The university would be the first and only training center in Latin America with both Airbus and Boeing simulators.
“We hope (the university) attracts commercial flight training students, of which there is a huge regional deficit, air traffic controllers and meteorologists with specialized training from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay,” says Uruguay Transportation Minister Enrique Pintado. (Full Story in Spanish)
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