TAM to be converted to a state enterprise

The Bolivian government is requiring that Transportes Aéreos Militares (TAM) convert to a state enterprise. At present, the airline is run by the Air Force, and is in fact formally Grupo Aéreo de Transporte 71 (Air Transport Squadron 71). As a state enterprise, TAM would be regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil, DGAC) and the Telecommunications and Transport Authority (Autoridad de Fiscalización y Regulación de Telecomunicaciones y Transportes, ATT). The airline has been in a long-running dispute with the national tax authority, which claims that the airline owes BOB50 million in back taxes. TAM’s fleet includes several BAe 146s, but it is not clear how many of them are currently operational.

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