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Old May 11th, 2007, 06:08 PM   #121
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The last news ¿what has to do with south american aviation?
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 11:23 PM   #122
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Avianca, Colombia´s largest airline has added 19 more airplanes to its order with Airbus Industry. After having ordered 33 Airbus A319/320 and 5 A330-200 in May, Avianca has announced this week they will make effective their option for an additional 14 A319/320 plus 5 A330. These airplanes together with the order for 10 Boeing 787 + 10 options made in April will renew the airlines MD 83 and Boeing 757/767 fleet.

The airline expects the first aircraft to arrive early in 2008 and to finalize the delivery of these aircraft between 2010 and 2011 when Bogota´s El Dorado airport is also finalizing its 730 million dollar revamp for its passenger terminal plus the 550 million dollar revamp of its cargo terminals.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 09:33 AM   #123
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Air Travel Scary in South America
23 June 2007

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Flying through South America's busiest airports has become frightening and time-consuming for passengers and pilots alike as a surge in travelers overwhelms underfunded air traffic control systems.

The Argentine capital's main airport radar hasn't worked properly since being struck by lightning in March, meaning jets must fly under manual control, causing delays and at least two near-collisions, according to air traffic controllers. A September crash that was Brazil's deadliest air disaster exposed other gaps, from inadequate equipment to poor training.

Angry stranded travelers have stormed airline check-in counters and runways and fistfights have broken out in waiting areas. Controllers -- concerned about being made scapegoats -- have engaged in strikes and work slowdowns to raise safety concerns.

The problems in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo ripple through Latin America and beyond as travelers make connecting flights. On Friday, all flights from Sao Paulo to Europe and the United States were temporarily suspended due to equipment failure and another slowdown by controllers.

Brazil and Argentina acknowledge failing to make needed investments in radar for decades, even as South America's booming economies fueled growth in air travel. Foreign travelers to Buenos Aires' main international airport have more than doubled in five years to 2.1 million in 2006, while the number of domestic flights in Brazil has risen by 49 percent, the governments say.

The world's pilots have lobbied to solve the problems since a Boeing 737 wound up on a collision course with a small executive jet over the Amazon on Sept. 29, killing all 154 people on the passenger jet.

A Brazilian judge indicted four flight controllers and the smaller jet's two American pilots on the equivalent of manslaughter charges, but the defendants point to other problems, from holes in radar coverage to the inability of some Brazilian controllers to clearly speak English, the language of international aviation.

Passengers are getting jittery, too.

Meghan Bolden, a 26-year-old American studying in Buenos Aires, sweated through takeoff on her United Airlines flight home to Washington.

"The pilot, who was American, got on and said we were going to be taking off manually because there was no radar. But it was pitch black and we couldn't see anything on the tarmac," Bolden said. "It's like we were back in the Wright brothers era."

Manual takeoffs, spaced several minutes apart, are widely accepted under commercial aviation rules, and Argentine Defense Minister Nilda Garre has insisted her country's system is safe. "There is no such thing as air insecurity" in Argentina, she told an Argentine Senate committee on May 22.

She denied a claim by air controllers of at least two near-collisions due to faulty radar. According to transcripts, a U.S. business jet and an Aerosur flight came close enough for the Aerosur pilot to see the other captain's uniform. Another recording indicates that one jet circling over Buenos Aires crossed just 300 yards over another. But Garre acknowledged that the Argentine government has long deferred costly investments in new radars.

Bill Voss, president of the independent Flight Safety Foundation in Alexandria, Va., said Argentine authorities were not "exactly forthcoming" with the public about the lightning damage.

"Under any circumstances, having a radar down for three months indicates some significant problems in terms of funding and logistics," Voss said. "It should not be that hard to get radar service restored at a major airport."

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations, representing more than 100,000 pilots worldwide, issued a June 1 bulletin saying it was "surprised to learn that three months after it was damaged by a lightning strike, the radar station covering Buenos Aires still has not been repaired."

And Marc Baumgartner, president of International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations, wondered if Argentine controllers have enough training in manual controls.

"The problem is with air traffic controllers who are used to working with a radar environment, who are then asked to work in a blind air traffic control environment," Baumgartner said. "These controllers have to be more sufficiently trained."

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Associated Press writers Michael Astor and Peter Muello in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, contributed to this report.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 11:49 AM   #124
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Iberia Airbus slides off runway closing Quito airport for 2 days

QUITO, Nov 9, 2007 (AFP) - An Iberia Airlines Airbus with 347 people on board skidded off a wet runway on landing Friday at Quito's Mariscal Sucre airport, causing some damage but no injuries and shutting the airport down for two days, officials said.

"The plane ran off the end of the runway due to a pilot maneuver, suffering some damage to its landing gear and one of its wings, (but) there were no personal tragedies to speak of," said airport director Diego Pachel.

Air Transport undersecretary Guillermo Bernal said the Airbus A340-600 was on a Madrid-Quito-Guayaquil-Madrid route and landed in Quito during a drizzle.

Some passengers said they saw a tire blow out as the plane touched down and smoke billowing from one of the engines.

The damaged airliner remained parked at the end of the runway where it came to a halt while the incident was under investigation.

The airport will be closed for two days and all flights diverted to Guayaquil, 275 kilometers (170 miles) southeast of Quito, airport authorities said.
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Old November 11th, 2007, 07:34 PM   #125
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Chile's LAN October passenger traffic up 17.5 pct

SANTIAGO, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant airline LAN said on Friday its passenger traffic rose 17.5 percent in October compared with the same month last year.

LAN, which has affiliates in Ecuador, Peru and Argentina, accounts for over half of Chile's international passenger traffic and nearly three quarters of its domestic traffic. (Reporting by Manuel Farias, editing by Leslie Gevirtz)
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Old November 24th, 2007, 02:19 AM   #126
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The first one (of two) A340-500 for TAM, registered as PT-MSN (ex C-GKOL with Air Canada):



This aircraft will be used from GRU to FRA.

The other A340-500 will be the ex C-GKOM. Both are temporary in TAM's fleet, untill the delivery of the 777-300ER from Boeing (TAM ordered 8 Boeing 777-300ER).
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^ Ah .. the plane that used to fly the YYZ-HKG route.
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Old December 6th, 2007, 05:36 PM   #128
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Thanks for your support. Are there particular areas / countries / airlines you would like to see more? I can keep an eye on them during my daily browsing.

Sadly, since I don't see South American airlines that often, pictures will be very limited from my end.
Venezuela and Colombia. You know? Brazil it's not the only country in South America.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 09:40 AM   #129
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Chile air passenger traffic growth at 10-year high

SANTIAGO, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Air passenger traffic grew at its fastest rate in a decade in Chile last year, rising 18.4 percent as more than 9 million people boarded domestic and international flights, the government civil aviation authority JAC said on Tuesday.

The JAC said domestic passenger traffic increased 21.2 percent in 2007, at a time when local airlines lowered in-country rates, while international passenger traffic rose 16.1 percent.

LAN Airlines , Chile's top carrier and one of the region's largest, had 52.5 percent market share in international flights in Chile last year, the JAC said. On the domestic side, LAN controlled 74.9 percent of passenger traffic.
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Chile's LAN January passenger traffic up 15 percent

SANTIAGO, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant airline LAN said on Friday its passenger traffic rose 15 percent in January compared with the same month last year.

The company said international passenger traffic rose 12.9 percent during the month while domestic traffic increased by 28.4 percent. International traffic accounts for about 85 percent of total passenger traffic.

LAN, which has affiliates in Ecuador, Peru and Argentina, accounts for more than half of Chile's international passenger traffic and nearly three-quarters of its domestic traffic.
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JetBlue founder David Neeleman in talks about a new airline in Brazil

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Article Last Updated: 03/14/2008 11:47:06 PM MDT

SAO PAULO, Brazil - The top executive of Brazil's Embraer confirmed Friday that his company is in talks to sell its E-190 passenger jets to JetBlue founder David Neeleman, who is deciding whether to start a new airline in Latin America's largest nation.

Embraer chief executive Federico Fleury Curado told reporters he has discussed possible sales of the jet seating 98 to 114 passengers with Neeleman, but no deal has been reached.

Curado declined to disclose more details at a news conference to discuss last year's financial results of Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA.

Neeleman, who grew up in Utah and helped to start Morris Air, declined to comment on discussions with Embraer.

But Neeleman in late February met with the head of Brazil's civil aviation authority to discuss the possibility of launching a new domestic airline, the authority confirmed. He did not make a formal proposal or say when the airline might take to the skies.

Neeleman was born in Brazil and is therefore a citizen - meaning he would not be affected by a law requiring that no more than 20 percent of Brazilian airlines be owned by foreign individuals or companies.

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TAM´s 1st Boeing 777-300ER on assembling line:



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Maybe a bit late, but so far it's not too late to put them up on ssc.

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"The Best of Latin America 2008" Ranking, Latin Trade magazine:
LATIN TRADE RANKS LAN AS THE BEST AIRLINE OF LATIN AMERICA


Santiago, February 15th, 2008.

LAN was voted leading airline in the region, according to "The Best of Latin America 2008" ranking, published by the distinguished publication Latin Trade. The company ranked the highest from a total of 12 participating airlines.

This prestigious publication creates its annual ranking for business travel in Latin America based on readers' votes-most of them executives and frequent travelers-. Over 1,200 of the publication's readers provided their comments about airlines, airports, car rental companies, hotels and restaurants in the region.

LAN was awarded first place among participating airlines, obtaining the highest averaged points in the various categories including: Business Class, general onboard service, food and beverage, frequent flyer program and boarding-ticketing. LAN was awarded the highest points in all of the above mentioned categories.

At the same time, LAN's VIP Neruda lounge in the Santiago airport was voted Best in the Region, with the best ambiance, office supplies, accessibility , food & beverages and customer service.

Armando Valdivieso, CEO LAN's passenger division, stated: "We are proud of such an important award, which reflects the preferences of experienced travelers in this region. Their preference is the best encouragement to continue our daily efforts in bringing a service focused on excellence, consistency and distinction, with the goal of providing the best possible travel experience ."

Latin Trade - an international trade publication in Latin America - published its ranking for best in the region in its February edition. It has brought to over 350,000 readers, during 15 years, a global perspective of business development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The magazine is published in Spanish, Portuguese and English.
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For the second consecutive year, by Global Traveler magazine:

LAN NAMED BEST AIRLINE IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
Readers of influential Business Traveler magazine choose LAN's business class as best in South America.



Santiago, march 19, 2008.

For the second year in a row, LAN Airlines has won the GT Tested Award for Best Airline in Central/South America, presented by the prestigious American magazine Global Traveler. Readers of the publication, who count among the world’s most sophisticated and demanding travelers, chose the airline in a survey containing questions on 49 categories of business travel conducted between February and August 2007.

LAN also took top honors for Best Business Class to South America at the recent Reader’s Choice Awards ceremony held by Business Traveler magazine.

Global Traveler editor and executive director Francis X. Gallagher noted that more than 15,000 persons responded to the annual survey last year, reflecting the opinions of the most experienced travelers and leaders in business and luxury travel. “The invaluable results of our survey should greatly influence which carriers frequent business travelers choose to fly, where they decide to stay and which products they use,” he added.

The readers of Business Traveler were highly impressed by LAN’s Premium Business Class, praising the new service offered travelers on the company’s fleet of Boeing 767-300s. Eva Leonard, the magazine’s editor, extolled the foreign airlines for their success in the industry: “This year’s Best In Business Travel Awards survey, compiled solely from the responses of our readers, proves yet again foreign carriers are serving travelers’ needs and exceeding expectations”.

Armando Valdivieso, CEO for passenger division at LAN, stressed the significance of the two awards: “It’s a great honor for us to receive such recognition from experienced travelers worldwide. We have a commitment with each one of our customers to ensure we always offer the same level of excellence that sets LAN apart so that every flight with us is an enjoyable experience.”

Premium Business Class


In March 2006, LAN initiated an important process of change for its fleet of long-haul Boeing 767-300s with the implementation of the airline’s new Premium Business Class. It brings together the best of our First Class with the service levels of our Executive Class, including full-flat seats that recline 180 degrees to a totally horizontal position. This amenity, provided only by a select group of airlines, ensures passengers a restful sleep in maximum comfort and privacy. LAN is the lone carrier in the region to offer this product on its business class flights between South and North America.

On the company’s long-haul 767-300s that already have Premium Business Class installed, the range of in-flight entertainment choices is one of the most varied in the industry. LAN’s on-demand audio and video system with its individual seatback screens gives passengers a choice of more than 85 alternatives. These include 32 movies, both first-run and classics, plus 55 channels showing television series and documentaries that in 2008 featured the entire first season of Prison Break and six episodes of Dr. House.

As for music, 450 CDs cover every taste and style from rock to classical. Ten new disks are added every month, and passengers can create their own play list. There are also 14 individual games available, two of which offer multiplayer mode (chess and battleship) so that fellow-passengers can enjoy them together. These innovations will be implemented in all of LAN’s Boeing 767s during the second-half of 2008.

All of the above comes on top of LAN’s excellent personalized service, which the airline is constantly working to improve so that Premium Business will truly rank as one of the best business classes in the world.

The reconfiguration of our Boeing 767-300 fleet also includes improvements to our Economy Class that will make flying a more pleasurable experience. New seats come with larger individual video monitors and high-definition widescreen displays that offer the same entertainment content as in Premium Business. Passengers can make their on-demand audio and video programming choices directly and easily using the touchscreen function or the remote control.

Other features of the new seats are a more recline angle, a cushion that slides forward for greater comfort and an adjustable headrest, plus a cup holder and space to stow personal effects. Redesigned cabin interiors are also part of the upgrade, with new dishware, seat covers and other items such as blankets and pillows.

Sixteen of LAN’s Boeing 767-300 have already been fitted out with the new Premium Business and redesigned Economy classes, mainly on routes between South America, Mexico and the United States.

These initiatives represent an investment of approximately US$ 100 million in service improvements for our customers. This project is revolutionizing the concept of flying and positions LAN at the forefront of the industry, delivering a better product with the highest international standards of quality and excellence.

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LAN LEADS IN SIGNING ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENT IN LATIN AMERICA

The initiative created by IATA, titled "Green Aviation Partners," is the first of its kind worldwide. It was launched today at FIDAE and sponsored by important organizations related to private and commercial airlines.

Santiago, April 1, 2008.

The aviation industry is concerned with issues of climate change and environmental impact. Overall, it generates less than 2% of total CO 2 emissions in the world. This is equivalent to a sixth of all CO 2 produced by ground transportation.

The aviation industry is implementing diverse initiatives in order to substantially reduce CO 2 emissions, as Giovanni Bisignani, General Director of IATA -International Air Transportation Association- pointed out at IATA's annual summit, celebrated in 2007.

Leading the Latin American sector, LAN Airlines spearheaded the signing of the environmental agreement. The event took place today at FIDAE (International Air and Space Fair, according to its Spanish acronym), in Santiago. This initiative was launched by IATA and In addition to LAN, it has received the sponsorship of important industry organizations, such as the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (Comisión Latinoamericana de Aviación Civil, CLAC, its Spanish acronym), the International Organization of Civil Aviation (Organización Internacional de Aviación Civil, OACI, its Spanish acronym), and the Latin American Air Transport Association (Asociación Latinoamericana de Transporte Aéreo, ALTA, its Spanish acronym).

LAN was the first company to sign this important agreement in Latin America, committing to contribute to the lowering of CO 2 emissions and to funneling all of its efforts toward environmental conservation.

Its commitment to this initiative, titled "Green Aviation Partners", includes 10 initiatives among which is the incorporation of environmental criteria in daily decision-making; use optimization of resources with available technology, focusing on the use of environmental management systems and eco-efficient programs; the promotion of research, development and implementation of innovative solutions in order to decrease the environmental footprint, among others.

The first step will be the donation of 500 trees, to be planted in Calan Hill in Santiago. This activity will be coordinated through the non-profit organization "Cultiva", which specializes in reforestation programs.

Funds, obtained from donations collected among those contributing in exchange for their "Green Aviation Partners" I.D., will be given to reforestation projects in the region.

LAN and its commitment to the environment

For several years now, LAN Airlines has been carrying out environmental conservation measures. One of the most important of these is its fleet renewal program. This program started in 2000 and, so far, 38 new Airbus A320s have been added to its fleet. These aircraft consume less fuel, enabling LAN to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 10%. Once the withdrawal of the Boeing 737-200s from the short haul fleet has been finalized, during the upcoming months, this reduction will reach 15%.

Currently, over 90% of LAN's national route flights take place in the new Airbus fleet. These airplanes have been designed with a new environmental management system (EMS), based on the ISO 1400 1 norm, which ensures that compliance with these strict standards will last throughout their useful life.

In addition, the acquisition of the new aircraft has decreased the level of noise, reducing acoustic pollution in a significant way. For example, the new fleet has managed to reduce surface noise impact near the landing strip at the airport of Santiago by over 85 decibels from 12 km2 to 3.1 km2, benefiting airport employees and the residents of the surrounding areas.

LAN Airlines is also working on its long haul fleet. By the end of this decade the Boeing 767-300s will have reduced their emissions by approximately 5%, thanks to the installation of winglets tip extensions on aircraft . This measure improves aerodynamic performance and consequently results in a decrease in fuel consumption and environmental impact.

A crucial step in LAN's commitment to the environment will be the addition of 32 Boeing 787 Dreamliner, representing an investment of US$3,500 million- the highest investment in the history of the company. These are expected to be incorporated between the years 2011 and 2016. This airplane model showcases the latest state of the art technology and is considered the new ecological airplane.

Moreover, due to the efforts of different departments in the company, several green measures have been implemented since 2005. These measures have brought operational changes and have also given way to a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions. Among these new measures are those relating to flight schedule optimization and pavement displacement, as well as management of in-flight weight, among others.

By 2011, all of these measures, in addition to the new short haul airplanes, will allow LAN to reduce its carbon emissions by 15% in about a decade.

Along the same lines, LAN has also started a program of donation and reconditioning of personal computers, as a way of contributing to recycling and supporting aid organizations in the region. During 2007 four hundred computers were given to different institutions in Chile and the rest of Latin America.

As to paper, over 97% of all of the company's passenger tickets are emitted electronically, through e-ticket. There is, as well, a program geared to reducing paper use in photocopiers and printers, and energy-saving initiatives in LAN's offices, all of which take place with the full support of LAN employees.

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Guyana ends night flights as airport power fails
13 August 2008

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) - Guyana has been forced to cancel all night flights to its international airport after the runway lighting system collapsed a week before the South American country hosts a popular arts festival.

Officials are rushing to buy dozens of new runway light bulbs and other equipment to replace outdated power systems and navigational aids, airport CEO Ramesh Ghir said Wednesday.

Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines has been forced to switch its late-night flights to New York and Miami to daybreak, he said.

Other airlines have made similar schedule changes as thousands of performers from as far as Morocco and Spain are expected to arrive next week for Carifesta, an arts festival that starts Aug. 22.

The complete shutdown occurred Monday night, just days after several flights were canceled because the backup system failed when severe thunderstorms knocked out power at Cheddi Jagan International Airport.

Ghir said he hopes the problem will be fixed by Thursday and he is seeking help from U.S. experts to prevent further outages.

The airport has experienced major power failures in recent years. It was built by the U.S. in the 1940s as a stopover base for troops heading to North Africa during World War II.
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Venezuela aviation agency rejects US warning that flights may not be safe
9 September 2008

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's aviation agency is criticizing a U.S. travel advisory informing travelers that the U.S. can't vouch for the security of flights departing Venezuela.

The National Civil Aviation Institute insists Venezuela's airports are in full compliance with international standards set by the U.N. agency overseeing civil aviation.

Institute president Jose Luis Martinez Bravo denied on Tuesday that Venezuela's government has blocked U.S. officials from visiting its airports.

But he acknowledges disagreement with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration on its request to evaluate airport security. He says the U.S. agency only has the authority to evaluate its own airlines' operations in Venezuelan airports.
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Chile's LAN Nov passenger traffic up 9.9 percent

SANTIAGO, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant airline LAN said on Wednesday its passenger traffic rose 9.9 percent in November compared with the same month last year.

The company said international passenger traffic rose 2.7 percent during the month while domestic traffic in Chile increased by 28.3 percent. International traffic accounted for about 72 percent of total passenger traffic.

LAN, which has affiliates in Ecuador, Peru and Argentina, accounts for more than half of Chile's international passenger traffic and nearly three-quarters of its domestic traffic.
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Chile LAN enters Ecuador domestic flights market

QUITO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant airline LAN was granted a two-year concession to operate domestic flights in Ecuador, a top aviation official said on Thursday.

The airline's Ecuadorean unit will be allowed to fly local routes to major cities like Guayaquil, Quito and Cuenca. The company will also operate flights to top tourist destination the Galapagos islands.

"The concession is for two years," Guillermo Bernal, head of the national aviation council, told Reuters. "We want healthy competition in the local industry."

Bernal said he didn't know how much the company plans to invest in the Andean country, but added that LAN had expected its participation would boost the nation air traffic by more than 20 percent. The South American airliner has said is reviewing its investment plans due to the global economy slowdown.

Ecuador's busiest route between the cities of Quito and Guayaquil registered more than half a million passengers in 2006, according to aviation authority data.

Local carriers opposed LAN's application to operate domestic flights, arguing unfair competition with the major airline, one of the region's largest air carriers.
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