With only two years old, the Paraguayan airline tries to survive and gradually resumes flights.
By Florencia Lucero Heguy
From Aero-Latam we spoke with the General Manager of Paranair, Rómulo Campos Krauer, who told us about the company’s news and how they are trying to get out of the crisis that the sector is going through due to the Covid-19 pandemic, among other topics.
For its part, two years after its birth, the Paranair airline is already a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which will allow them to project commercial associations with other companies in the world.
How and when was the company born?
Paranair begins its first operations on October 15, 2018, the company arises from the former Amaszonas del Paraguay. The name is a clear evocation of the Paraná River, the second longest river in South America and the most important in Paraguay. In addition, its course coincides with the strategic territories of the company: from its birth in Brazil, its confluence with the Paraguay and Uruguay rivers and its mouth in the estuary of the Río de la Plata in Argentina.
The name Paranair embodies the vocation to communicate countries and people, just as rivers have traditionally communicated and communicate to peoples connected by their course.
How is the fleet made up?
Paranair has three CRJ200, 50-passenger aircraft from the Canadian manufacturer Bombardier.
What are the destinations?
Prior to the closure of the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, we had regular operations from Asunción to Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Curitiba, Iquique and Ciudad del Este. Currently, we have restarted flights to the Uruguayan capital and we have projections to operate again to the city of Buenos Aires, as well as the internal flight that connects Asunción with Ciudad del Este.
Did you fly humanitarian aid during the pandemic?
Yes, we have carried out a series of repatriation flights, at the request of embassies and also private companies. These flights were made seeing the need of many people who were stranded in Paraguay and of compatriots who needed to return to their country.
Where and how did they go?
We operate from Asunción and vice versa to the cities of São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
How did Covid-19 affect them?
Like all companies in the region, it hit us, since from one day to the next we had to stop all our operations for seven months, during which time we were only able to carry out some repatriation flights and private flights.
What steps did you take?
We had to readjust our costs, put on stand-by several projects that we had for this year. We are very hopeful to be able to operate commercial flights again as soon as possible.
Are you currently flying?
At this moment we have a weekly flight between Asunción and Montevideo, and certain specific flights to and from Buenos Aires; besides some private ones.
How do you see the domestic and regional aviation situation due to the pandemic?
We see that the region suffered a negative impact and that the recovery will be very slow. We need to work among all sectors, especially with the state organizations that regulate civil aviation, in order to be able to generate income again and begin to recover, since we are companies that offer a transport service used not only for tourism, but also for business and family reunification.