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A JetSMART Argentina A320 taxiing in Mendoza. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

JetSMART Announces the Opening of a Subsidiary in Peru

In a recent declaration to Gestión, JetSMART CEO Estuardo Ortiz announced that the Chilean carrier has started the process to have a Peruvian branch, which it seeks to have domestic and international routes to operate by the first half of 2021. “The Peruvian market is healthy and has grown by about 10% in recent years and there is a trend of young people traveling again,” he said. The exit of Avianca and Peruvian Airlines from the Peruvian market has left…

Latin American Low-Cost Carriers Trust They Will Recover First

After being announced as the new CEO and Executive Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association CEO, José Ricardo Botelho, announced that airlines operating in the Latin American and Caribbean market transported 1.08 million passengers in April, 97% less compared to April 2019, the last time 1…

Flybondi Starts Flights to São Paulo

Flybondi, Argentina's first ultra-low-cost and currently third largest airline of the country, started operations connecting Buenos Aires to São Paulo/Guarulhos this Friday. This is the third destination of the airline in Brazil, following Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) and Florianópolis. The flight will be operated three times a week with the…

Flybondi’s Founder Steps Down From Airline After Leaked Political Message

Argentina's political and economic situation has been boiling in recent months, bringing uncertainty to the recently-opened domestic aviation market of the South American country. What should have been a joyful week for Flybondi, Argentina's first ultra-low-cost carrier that just celebrated its two millionth passenger, turned into a media nightmare as…

Argentina’s Commercial Aviation Revolution Has Become a Total War

Amidst the classic and expected political turmoil that takes center stage every election year, the commercial aviation market is one key topic in both government and opposition parties in Argentina. It is no surprise for any of the actors that the liberalization of the domestic offering is a battleground of…

Flybondi to Start Flights to Brazil, Keeps Low-Cost Growth in…

The low-cost wave in South America is starting to take the first steps into international operations as Argentina's first low-cost airline, Flybondi, announced it will start flights between Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. The flights will operate between the airline's main base at Buenos Aires' El Palomar Airport to…

U.S. Fund Makes Major Investment in Latin America’s Viva Air

U.S. investment firm Cartesian Capital Group has injected $50 million into Latin American low-cost carrier Viva Air, a subsidiary of low-cost developer Irelandia with bases in Colombia and Peru. The investment will help Irelandia's Latin American venture finance its fierce regional expansion plans, including setting up a base in a…

Flybondi Continues Domestic Expansion Despite Growing Pains

Argentina's Flybondi has announced seven new routes to its domestic route network, adding more pressure to its operational strategy serving 13 domestic and two international destinations with a fleet of five Boeing 737-800s. The Yellow low-cost carrier will now serve Cordoba to Neuquén, Cordoba to Salta and Mendoza to Neuquén…

Argentinian Flybondi’s CEO Moves Up…or Steps Down?

In the very same week that it started operating regionally, Flybondi caught Argentina’s commercial aviation market off with shocking news: Julian Cook, founder and frontman, left his position as CEO on December 20, and will be appointed as Vice President of the company board. Argentina’s first low-cost carrier stated that,…

Argentina’s Flybondi Begins Flying Internationally

Start-up and low-cost airline Flybondi took off in January looking to revolutionize the Argentinean aviation industry by providing low fares that would open up air travel to a greater percentage of the public. Now, with a fleet of five aircraft and 13 domestic destinations throughout Argentina, the carrier has expanded beyond…