Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (AD, Sao Paulo Viracopos) has lodged an application with the Uruguayan National Directorate of Civil Aviation and Aeronautical Infrastructure (Dinacia) to create its subsidiary Azul Uruguay (Montevideo), reports El Observador.

Once the application has been examined by Dinacia, it will then move to the Aeronautical Board for provisional certification after which the airline can attain its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC).

Creating Azul Uruguay is a means for Azul to gain access to the lucrative MontevideoBuenos Aires Aeroparque route, which is currently served by Aerolineas Argentinas (AR, Buenos Aires Ezeiza) and Amaszonas Uruguay (AUZ, Montevideo). Another contender on the route is Alas del Sur (Córdoba Int'l), which has just been authorised for a period of fifteen years.

Once it is officially set up, Azul Uruguay is interested in establishing a hub at Montevideo, positioning six to eight aircraft there. The new airline plans to absorb some staff from the recently-defunct Alas Uruguay (YZ, Montevideo). It also plans to run flights from Montevideo to Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo Congonhas.