Chile-based low-cost airline JetSmart has announced new flight routes to three Brazilian cities. The airline will operate these flights between Santiago in Chile and the cities of Sao Paulo, Salvador and Foz do Iguacu, in Brazil.
JetSmart will begin flying to Salvador from Santiago from December 23, three times a week. Similarly, it will start flights to Foz do Iguacu and Sao Paulo from January 5 and March 20, respectively. The frequency to these two cities will, however, be limited to twice a week.
The Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority has authorised JetSmart to fly to Brazil in a bid to increase competition in the country’s aviation sector and reduce airfares. JetSmart will become the fourth low-cost airline to operate in the country, the three other being Norwegian Air Shuttle, Chile’s Sky Airlines, and Argentina’s Flybondi.
This follows JetSmart announcing earlier this month that it will introduce flight routes to Lima and Trujillo in Northern Peru as well. The flight from Chile’s Santiago to Trujillo is expected to commence from December 19
JetSmart, which was created by US investment group Indigo Partners, commenced operations on July 25, 2017. Since then, the airline has changed the industry dynamics in South America. Indigo Partners, JetSmart’s parent company also controls Frontier Airlines, Mexico’s Volaris and Hungarian airline Wizz Air.
Currently, the Chilean airline has a fleet of ten Airbus A320 aircrafts which covers ten destinations in Chile, Argentina, and Peru. Its fleet is expected to expand significantly in the near future considering it has placed orders for 56 Airbus A320neo aircrafts, 14 Airbus A321neos, and 12 A321XLRs.