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

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 largest country -- the airline will also connect the Chilean capital to Foz do Iguaçu and São Paulo (Guarulhos), starting from January 3 and March 20, respectively. "Brazil is one…

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…

Argentina’s Market Expansion Showing Its Achilles Heel

Almost three years after it started, the commercial aviation market in Argentina is facing a plain contradiction. While passenger numbers are on the rise, the stability of the system as a whole is decreasing rapidly. Most carriers, both new and old, are reaching a decision point in which the choices…

Indigo Partners Interested in Avianca Brazil’s Assets

Last week, Azul Airlines backed out of a deal to take over 30 Airbus A320 family aircraft as well as 70 slots from Avianca Brazil, valued at US$105 million, following the recent creditor approval of the carrier’s recovery plan which involves splitting the troubled carrier’s assets into seven separate units (UPIs)…

‘Lowcostization’ in South America: A Glimpse at What This Year…

2018 has been a transformative year for aviation in South America; with the emergence and development of new travel options that mark a milestone for aviation in the region and a new chapter; offering more and cheaper travel options as well as increased connectivity across countries.  In an attempt to…

LATAM De-Bundles Fares on Some International Flights, Signalling South American…

LATAM Airlines, the market leader in South America with bases in Chile, Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Colombia, announced it will be changing its fare structure on some international flights, following recent changes implemented in domestic flights throughout the group’s operations. The new de-bundled fare structure will place LATAM in a…

JetSmart to Lease Five A320neos to Jump-Start Expansion

Indigo Partners' South American ultra-low-cost venture JetSmart has announced an agreement with SMBC Aviation capital involving the lease of five A320neos that will help the firm catalyze its short-term expansion plan in the region. JetSmart is set to become the second low-cost operator in the region to fly the new engine variant…