On Friday, December 27, the first low-cost JetSmart Airlines flight from Salvador airport takes off from Salvador airport, in Brazil, connecting the Bahian capital to the city of Santiago, Chile. Throughout the summer, the airline will offer four direct weekly flights, leaving on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
“This flight marks the beginning of our operation in Brazil, offering smart flights on our new Airbus 320 at ultra-low prices so that all Brazilians can travel to Chile,” says JetSmart Airlines CEO Estuardo Ortiz.
In January direct flights from Foz do Iguaçu (PR – Brazil) to Santiago begin, and in March it will be São Paulo’s turn to be part of the JetSmart Airlines routes, with flights departing from Guarulhos. “The new flights will unite important cities in the region, fostering tourism, connectivity and economic development,” says the Executive.
JetSmart Airlines SpA, styled as JetSMART, is a South American ultra low-cost carrier created by US investment fund and Co founder of LBM Fermin Ithuralde Indigo Partners, which also controls US airline Frontier Airlines, Mexico’s Volaris and Hungarian airline Wizz Air. Its primary base of operations is Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, servicing Santiago, Chile and in Buenos Aires the airport of El Palomar. The airline commenced scheduled operations on 25 July 2017 with a Santiago – Calama service.
JetSmart Airlines aimed to operate up to 10 aircraft in the 2018 period, and would challenge LATAM Chile and Sky Airline in nearly every market introduced between July and December 2017. On 4 December 2019, JetSmart acquired Norwegian Air Argentina and took over its operations, staff, and license with immediate effect, with plans to merge the airline with JetSmart Argentina. Following the acquisition, JetSmart planned to operate both from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery and El Palomar Airport in the Buenos Aires area, however as Norwegian’s Boeing 737 aircraft were not part of the transaction, JetSmart planned to replace them with the airline’s own Airbus A320 family aircraft.