MONTEVIDEO – An unnamed Chilean airline has expressed interest in operating from a virtually dormant airport in the northwestern Uruguayan city of Salto, the governor of the likenamed province said.
“A Chilean company ... is interested in installing itself, in creating a Salto-Montevideo route. What they told us, is that the airport, as it is now, is in shape to receive this company’s planes,” Andres Lima said in comments to El Espectador radio.
“If, in addition, we obtain some investment from the Transportation Ministry, so much the better, because this would surely strengthen the Salto Airport, which we want to return to being an international terminal,” he said.
BQB Lineas Aereas provided service between Montevideo and Salto for about three years before abandoning the route 18 months ago due to scant demand, Salto tourism director Gustavo Chiriff told EFE.
The Salto airport, which in the past offered flights to international destinations such as Buenos Aires and the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, is now idle, save for occasional visits by government officials.
“There is interest in exploring the possibility of reactivating that air circuit. This interest will be conveyed to the Transportation and the Economy ministries, and to the president (Tabare Vazquez),” Chiriff said.