In 2014 three new Central American capital airlines: Air Ticos, Ticas Airlines and Cheap Flights Central (CASI) could start operating.
The new companies want to serve international routes amid an industry dominated by giants like Avianca, Copa Airlines, Delta and 20 other international airlines.
The General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), says there are still segments that can be captured by the new airlines. Non-scheduled or charter flights, low-cost travel, timetables and destinations neglected between the Caribbean and some small traditional U.S. towns are some opportunities.
The Salvadoran initiative CASI-investment of $100 million-will opt for the low cost flights in Central America as its strategy, once it starts operations in March next year. To Edgar Hasbun, CEO of the company, the tactic will create a new market in Central America, because it is a service that gives access to anyone in the region.
Ticos Air plans to carry passengers to Los Angeles, New Jersey, Miami, Caracas and Mexico, with five Airbus 319’s.
In Costa Rica it takes about six months to get permission to start a new international airline (Air Operating Certificate and Operating Certificate).
According to the FAA, the process is divided into five phases and to complete it successfully requires a minimum investment of $400,000, which includes expenditure on feasibility studies and recruitment of staff and others but excludes the rental or purchase of airplanes.
According to the FAA, there have only been two formal requests for Certificates of Operations and Air Operations in the country in the last 10 years.
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