Salvador gets first regular flight by a low-cost airline

Salvador gets first regular flight by a low-cost airline

JETSMART has announced three weekly flights to Santiago, Chile


The announcement of a new route between Salvador and Santiago, Chile, operated by JETSMART, on Tuesday morning (24) represents an important milestone for Salvador Bahia Airport. The three weekly departures are the first regular operations by an ultra-low-cost airline at the Bahian Airport.


In high season, aircrafts of the Chilean airline will depart Salvador on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, always in the early afternoon. In low season, departures will take place twice a week. The inaugural flight will take place on December 27, 2019. Tickets will be on sale on the company's website starting this Tuesday (24).


“I want to thank JETSMART for choosing Salvador as one of its connecting destinations with Chile. I am sure that due to the great potential of Bahia as a destination, this initiative will be successful,” said Julio Ribas, CEO of Salvador Bahia Airport. He also recalled that the arrival of JETSMART and many other low-cost airlines is a sign of trust in the recent changes to the Federal Government's aviation regulatory framework, which has allowed companies with 100% foreign capital to operate in Brazil.


Option for low-cost airlines


During the summer, Bahians will have yet another flight option from Salvador to Santiago. In August, Sky Airline, also a Chilean low-cost airline, opened sales for three weekly departures between December 30 and March 2.


Salvador Bahia Airport is ‘low cost ready’ and offers the best demand profile for airlines like JetSMART or SKY Airline. “Through the research of constant efficiencies such as self-bag drop, double boarding procedures, renewable energies, we have one key objective in mind: being the most cost-efficient airport in Brazil for our airline clients” states Marc Gordien, CCO of Salvador Bahia Airport.


Salvador Bahia Airport 's CEO Julio Ribas says low-cost airlines have the potential to greatly increase their presence in Brazil, including by operating domestic flights. “Therefore, it is very important for Congress to make a decision on the veto to the free baggage allowance. I am sure that Bahian parliamentarians will vote in favor of this measure as they realize its importance for low-cost companies. Its expansion would allow increased connectivity with the state of Bahia and a reduction in airline tickets prices,” he concluded.


International flights


Since VINCI Airports took on the management of Salvador Bahia Airport in January 2018, several international destinations have had direct connection with the capital of Bahia: Miami, Panama City, and Salt Island are a few examples. The result of these efforts can be noted through a significant 25.4% increase in international passengers flow at the airport in the first half of 2019.


About Salvador Bahia Airport


Located in the capital of Bahia and the first Brazilian capital, Salvador Bahia Airport is among the ten busiest airports in the country. During the year 2018, more than 8 million passengers traveled through the terminal to about 30 destinations with direct connections between domestic and international flights.
Salvador Bahia Airport was integrated into the VINCI Airports network on January 2nd, 2018, through a Concession Agreement lasting until 2047. In order to offer a better experience to its passengers and better service to airlines, VINCI Airports has started an ambitious investment plan to modernize and expand the airport. The first phase of the works, which includes the construction of a new area of 20,000 m² and the refurbishment of the existing terminal will be completed in October 2019.


About VINCI Airports


VINCI Airports, as the largest private airport operator in the world, manages the development and operations of 46 airports located in France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Serbia, Cambodia, Japan, the United States, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil. Served by around 250 airlines, the VINCI Airports network carried 240 million passengers in 2018.
Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capacity, international network, and know-how to optimize the management and performance of existing airport infrastructures, extensions and projects of new buildings. In 2018, its annual revenue for managed activities was of 3.6 billion euros and 1.6 billion euros for consolidated revenue. More information is available at www.vinci-airports.com or www.salvador-airport.com.br.