Chilean start-up JetSMART has launched commercial service, and plans to fly to eight domestic destinations in the coming months.
The Santiago-based low-cost carrier operated its first revenue flight, from Santiago to Calama in northern Chile, on 25 July. It is operating nine-times weekly on the route, FlightGlobal schedules data show. JetSMART is competing against LATAM Airlines Chile and Sky Airline on the route.
JetSMART plans to open 10 more routes in the following months. It will launch service on Santiago-Antofagasta (31 July), Santiago-La Serena (7 August), Calama-Concepcion (14 August), Santiago-Concepcion (14 August), Concepcion-Antofagasta (15 August), Santiago-Copiapo (21 August), Santiago-Puerto Montt (14 September), Santiago-Temuco (25 September), Antofagasta-La Serena (28 September) and Concepcion-Puerto Montt (2 October).
Backed by Indigo Partners, JetSMART received its first Airbus A320 and air operator's certificate last month.
The airline will face competition on most of its planned routes, FlightGlobal schedules data show. LATAM and Sky operate from Santiago to Antofagasta, Concepcion, Copiapo, La Serena, Puerto Montt and Temuco. They also offer nonstop service between Antofagasta and La Serena. Another Chilean carrier, Latin American Wings, operates from Santiago to both Concepcion and Puerto Montt.
JetSMART will be the only airline flying nonstop from Concepcion to Calama, Antofagasta and Puerto Montt.