Aerolineas Argentinas has decided to end its Buenos Aires to Sydney service from April 2014, owing to “poor economic performance”. Aerolineas cited “the existence of alternative (airlines) to maintain connectivity with Oceania through other international carriers” and the fact that “Australia as a destination is not a target most chosen by the Argentines” as rationale for shutting down flights to and from Sydney. The South American airline has revealed forthcoming changes to its network, increasing frequencies and opening new routes, while ceasing operations on the recently-established Australian route. Source = ETB News: P.T. The airline will boost international frequencies from 48 per week in October 2013 to 61 per week by October 2014, operating a new flight to New York (15 December 2013) and serving Caracas (1 April 2014), Barcelona and Rome (1 July 2014) with daily flights. The Argentinean carrier has been actively modernising its fleet over the past few years and will retire the Airbus 340-200 when the Buenos Aires-Sydney route ceases operation on 1 April 2014. Aerolineas celebrated 27 years in Australia at their Argentine Roadshow in August 2013. Aerolineas Argentinas said Australia ranks 50th in preference of destinations for Argentines, while 51 percent of passengers from Australia are connecting or travelling beyond Australia and Argentina. “When the international network is modified in this way, more number of frequencies to the most popular destinations with the same resources, can be operated which improves productivity,” Aerolineas Argentinas said in a statement.