JetSMART to Enter 27 Domestic Routes in Colombia after Endorsement by Aerocivil
JetSMART, a Chilean low-cost airline, has received approval from Aerocivil to start the certification process and provide regular passenger, cargo, and mail services on 27 national routes in Colombia. The announcement was made during session 106 on March 2, 2023, and is set to revolutionize domestic air travel in Colombia.
Endorsement and Certification Process
JetSMART’s endorsement means that the company can immediately begin the certification process and enter 27 routes in the domestic market. The airline’s main base will be in Bogotá, and it will operate between 13 airports in the country, including Medellín, Cartagena, Cali, Barranquilla, Santa Marta, Bucaramanga, San Andrés, Pereira, Montería, Cúcuta, Pasto, and Manizales. However, the company must present a compliance plan that takes into account the number of aircraft and routes it will operate.
After the authorization process is complete, which should take approximately three months, JetSMART will offer flights that meet the connectivity needs, schedules, quality, and low prices that Colombian travelers demand. The airline operates one of the most modern air fleets in America, which will give it an edge over other domestic carriers.
While the endorsement is a positive step forward for JetSMART, it’s important to note that it only allows the company to continue with the certification process. The airline must comply with all legal requirements, and it has two years to obtain certification before it can start operations.
Impact on the Air Sector
JetSMART’s entry into the Colombian domestic air market will increase competition and provide more options for travelers. It will also create jobs and stimulate economic growth, which is especially important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline’s low-cost model will make air travel more accessible to Colombians, and it will contribute to the government’s goal of maintaining high free market conditions in the air sector.
Commenting on the endorsement, JetSMART’s CEO and President, Estuardo Ortiz, said, “The approval of CEPA and AEROCIVIL to our application for entry to 27 domestic routes is excellent news, as well as the beginning of the certification of JetSMART as a Colombian airline. With this, we will immediately start the process and work hand in hand with AEROCIVIL to comply with all the requirements in the shortest possible time.”
JetSMART’s endorsement to start the certification process and enter 27 national routes in Colombia is a positive development for the country’s air sector. The low-cost airline’s entry will increase competition, provide more options for travelers, and stimulate economic growth. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved, and we look forward to seeing JetSMART’s impact on the domestic air market.