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Qatar Airways Becomes Third Airline to Suspend Its Route to Argentina

Qatar Airways joins Air New Zealand and Emirates in announcing that it will halt flights to Argentina. The three airlines confirmed that operations will not be resumed to the South American country even after the restrictions for commercial flights ends. On April 24 earlier this year Air New Zealand was the first airline that made the announced that it will suspend operations between Auckland, New Zealand and Buenos Aires, Argentina. As announced by Clarin, the five weekly flights between New…

The Buenos Aires Aeroparque Slots Saga

Argentina's commercial aviation market is impacted by a myriad of factors that have little, if anything, to do with commercial aviation. One of the best examples of this is the story of two companies  – or three, or four – and the slots at the country's main domestic airport: Buenos…

JetSMART Confirms Ultra-Low-Cost Cargo Operations

During the pandemic, JetSMART has operated uninterruptedly and according to the latest report from the Civil Aeronautical Board, they reached a market share of 28.4% during the month of June, which represents the transportation of 31,810 passengers. The rest of the market is completed by LATAM with a 45.7% share,…

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…

Indigo Partners Reaffirms Order for 430 Airbus A320neo

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that demand for air services is beginning to recover after hitting bottom in April. Passenger demand dropped significantly this year compared to 2019, due to the COVID-19-related shutdown air travel. Since the second half of last month, and during June, the aviation industry…

Indigo Partners’ JetSMART Starts Operations in Brazil

On Friday, Chilean ultra-low-cost carrier JetSMART operated its first flight in Brazil, connecting Santiago to the Northeastern capital of Salvador. This is the first of four weekly operations, which from the end of the summer season, will become two. This is the first of three new routes to South America's…

JetSmart Slated to Take over Norwegian Air Argentina Operations

A rumor that began to circulate last week was officially confirmed on Wednesday: JetSmart will take over Norwegian Air Argentina's operations  "effective immediately," as emphasized in a statement issued by the Nordic airline. "To minimize the impact on passengers, JetSMART will continue to operate scheduled Norwegian Air Argentina flights from…

Chile’s JetSmart to Launch Flights to Brazil in December

Chilean JetSmart announced earlier this week the details of its operation in Brazil, with nonstop flights between Santiago, Chile, and the cities of Sao Paulo, Salvador and Foz do Iguaçu. The operation between Santiago and Salvador begins on Dec. 27 of this year, with three weekly flights during the high…

JetSmart Adds Two International Routes Between Chile and Peru

Over the last couple of years, JetSmart Chile has been changing the industry dynamics in South America, exploiting point-to-point markets in both domestic and regional realms that gear away from the centralized structure that characterizes Chile and the wider region that sees secondary markets majority fed through the countries capitals.…

Indigo Partners’ JetSmart Chile Orders Six Additional A320neos, Adds New…

Three years after setting off on Chilean soil, Indigo Partners' JetSmart Chile is ready to set pace for a second base in the country in the city of Concepcion, 300 miles south of the capital of Santiago. Basing new aircraft in the Chilean provincial city, JetSmart will become the first…