The Transport Ministry has granted the airline LASA authorisation to operate non-traditional passenger and cargo services across Patagonia and between Argentina and Chile, the ministry led by Guillermo Dietrich has confirmed.
From its bases in Neuquén and Comodoro Rivadavia the firm hopes to connect 13 Argentine cities on three authorised flight paths. It has also been granted two routes to connect Argentina with Chile.
These “are currently not serviced by any other company”, the Transport Ministry said in a statement.
LASA says it will invest US$ 73 million in its activities while hiring 2,125 people in direct and indirect employment opportunities.
However, there is controversy surrounding the decision since LASA’s owner Cecilia Rodríguez Grellet is the sister of the president of EANA, a company owned by the Transport Ministry.
EANA plans and operates the country’s air traffic including telecommunication services and infrastructure.
The Anti-Corruption Office (OA) has already ruled on the issue saying EANA chief Agustín Rodríguez Grellet must abstain from intervening in any management decision involving Grupo Lasa S.R.L.