Chile-based low-cost carrier JetSmart has disclosed plans to consolidate its Argentinian domestic presence by adding more aircraft and routes before April 2020, the first anniversary of its operations in country.
In November, JetSmart will launch Airbus A320-operated flights to two new domestic Argentinian destinations: Rosario and Ushuaia.
The airline will offer twice-weekly services to Puerto Iguazu and Mendoza from Rosario, Argentina's third-largest city.
No launch date has yet been decided for JetSmart's planned flights from Rosario to Salta and Neuquen.
Twice-weekly flights to Ushuaia in Patagonia will be operated from JetSmart's Buenos Aires El Palomar base.
In addition to these two new destinations, JetSmart will also in November add new twice-weekly routes from Puerto Iguazu to Cordoba and Mendoza.
Despite its seemingly modest 2019 expansion plans, the airline has decided to bet on the potential of the Argentinian low-cost market. JetSmart is to double its three-strong Airbus A320 by April 2020.
The carrier's fourth and fifth A320s will arrive by year-end and the sixth during the first quarter of 2020. These jets will be of the Ceo family, although JetSmart plans to deploy the Neo in Argentina "as soon as possible”.
The Indigo Partners-owned airline sees a "historic window of opportunity" open in the country amid the aviation sector's liberalisation, started by national president Mauricio Macri after his election in late 2015.