Salvador to receive direct flight from chilean capital starting december 2019

Salvador to receive direct flight from chilean capital starting december 2019

Traveling from Santiago to Salvador will be quicker and more practical this summer. Salvador Bahia Airport and the Municipality of Salvador, via the Municipal Secretary of Culture and Tourism (Secult), have just concluded an agreement with SKY airlines to operate three weekly flights – on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays – , between December 30th, 2019 and March 3rd, 2020.

Currently, Chile is second in number of tourists to the capital of Bahia, even without having a direct flight. The direct connection between the two cities will further stimulate the arrival of Chileans to the state, stirring the entire tourism chain.

"The attraction of these flights to the capital of Bahia reaffirms the commitment of the City of Salvador to seek ways to maintain and expand our tourist flow. Last season, we had the busiest summer of the decade and this summer we want to surpass this mark even more, "says Mayor ACM Neto.

For the manager of Secult, Claudio Tinoco, this is an action that also aims to bring Chileans closer to the capital of Bahia. "We are working ceaselessly to continue making Salvador's tourism grow. For this reason, we will support actions that are effective in the arrival of tourists to our city. Salvador is leading the way by attracting a major foreign airline and establishing a direct connection with one of the main markets in Latin America. "

According to Secult, about 3.7 million visitors passed through Salvador in the summer of 2018/2019.

"One of Salvador Bahia Airport's priority objectives is precisely the increase in air traffic. We are particularly happy with this route, because it will connect two airports of the Vinci Airports network, which also has a stake in Santiago de Chile Airport, "says Graziella Delicato, airline business manager for Salvador Bahia Airport.


Chile is in the preference of Brazilians. The country has received the record number of 589,172 tourists from Brazil, a figure 8.1% higher than in 2017, according to the Chilean National Tourism Service. And there are several reasons that explain this figure The capital Santiago has great structure, breathtaking views, rich gastronomy and diverse culture. One of the highlights is the view of the Andes Mountain Range, which surrounds the whole city and is visible in several spots, as well as the viewpoints that guarantee an even more impressive sight.


SKY was founded in 2002 by Jürgen Paulmann and has become one of the most important companies in Chile and the region, carrying 25% of domestic passengers. In 2014, the founder's son took over and promoted changes in management and decided to make SKY the following year the first low-cost airline in the Southern Cone, impacting the domestic market with a 35% reduction in fares.

With a fleet of 20 aircraft, the company now offers international flights to destinations such as Buenos, Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza, Lima, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. For the second consecutive year, SKY has been awarded the "Best Low-Cost Airline in South America" in the Skytrax ranking, considered the world aviation award.

"At SKY, our goal is to mobilize dreams, ideas and projects, making the skies available to everyone. The announcement that we will now operate the Santiago-Salvador route with a direct flight is great news and contributes directly to that goal. It is best to offer Chileans and Brazilians the possibility of a direct and fast flight in the best low-cost airline in South America, according to the latest Skytrax ranking, and with the most modern aircraft fleet in South America, the A320 Neo. "Said Holger Paulmann, CEO of SKY.

The routes to Brazil, including the new Santiago-Salvador route, are operated with the new fleet of A320neo aircrafts, the newest and most modern of a low-cost airline in South America. These aircraft stand out for their efficiency in fuel consumption, safety and less impact on the environment. Information and reservations at

About Salvador Bahia Airport

Located in the capital of the state of Bahia and the first ever capital of Brazil, Salvador Bahia Airport is one of the ten busiest airports in the country. In 2018, the facility served more than 8 million passengers travelling towards about 30 destinations, domestic and international included. 

Salvador Bahia Airport joined the VINCI Airports network on January 2 2018, through a Concession contract lasting up to 2047. Aiming to improve passengers experience and provide better services to airlines, VINCI Airports launched an ambitious investment plan to modernize and expand the airport. The first phase of works, which includes the construction of a new 20,000 sqm departure area and the refurbishment of the existing terminal, is expected to be completed in October 2019.

About VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports, as the leading private airport operator in the world, manages the development and operation 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, VINCI Airports' network handled 240 million passengers in 2018.

Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability, international network and know-how to optimize the management and performance of existing airport infrastructure, facility extensions and new-build construction projects. In 2018, its annual revenue for managed activities amounted to €3.6 billion, for consolidated revenue of €1.6 billion. More comprehensive information is available on