JetSMART presents a plan to operate in the domestic market in Brazil
Estuardo Ortiz, CEO of low cost said: “Although the pandemic has substantially reduced demand, we are still analyzing new operations in the region, despite the fact that we are following the format and speed of the market recovery in Brazil”
Brazil may soon have the first low cost airline operating domestic flights. JetSMART, which already offers flights between Chile, Argentina and Brazil, presented the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) with an operation plan in the domestic commercial aviation market. The important announcement meets expectations for the future resumption of the sector after the Covid-19 pandemic and the prioritization, by tourists, of national travel.
JetSMART, a South American company founded by private equity firm Indigo Partners, has operations in Chile, Argentina and Peru. The company confirmed to Reuters its intention to operate domestic flights in Brazil. Three other airlines of its kind are already operating in Brazil on international lines: the Argentine Flybondi, the Norwegian Norwegian Air and the Chilean Sky Airline.
The Minister of Tourism, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, points out that the possible low-cost operation in Brazil reinforces the work aimed at increasing air connectivity and resuming the sector after the pandemic. “Stimulating competitiveness is one of the measures to stimulate the drop in ticket prices. We understand that the resumption of the sector will be through national travel and the arrival of JetSMART expands the airline network and brings more low-cost offers ”, said the minister.
JetSMART's CEO, Estuardo Ortiz, communicated by note. "Although the pandemic has substantially reduced demand, we are still analyzing new operations in the region, despite the fact that we are following the format and speed of the market's recovery in Brazil and other countries."