Fast-growing JetSMART Chile has 52 routes this summer
Chile’s JetSMART began in mid-2017 and ended 2019 – just two-and-a-half years later – with 3.4 million seats, OAG data shows.
The acquisition of Norwegian Air Argentina meant that Group-level seats exceeded 4.2 million in pre-coronavirus 2019, a phenomenal amount for what was a comparatively new operator.
In full-year 2021, Group seats are estimated to be down by just 5.7%, directly the result of its Argentinian subsidiary growing by 41% versus 2019 with more than 1.1 million seats.
Despite this, Chile remains core with 71% of Group capacity – but for how long?
JetSMART Chile has 52 routes this summer
In the southern hemisphere summer, JetSMART Chile has 52 routes, of which 41 are domestic.
Its domestic market accounts for nearly nine in ten of its seats.
With almost three-quarters of its summer capacity, Santiago is unsurprisingly by far its top airport. Antofagasta, Concepcion, La Serena, and Calama round out its top-five airports.
Only one international route – Santiago to Lima, at 2,453 kilometres – almost makes it into its top-10, at 11th (47,616 seats).
Santiago – Bogota (27,156 seats) and Santiago – Cali (25,688) are both important international markets for the carrier, volume-wise. It also currently serves Arequipa, Buenos Aires, Foz de Iguazu, Salvador, and Trujillo from the Chilean capital.
Perhaps more eye-opening are its international routes not touching Santiago: Antofagasta to both Bogota and Cali, both currently once-weekly.
Before being served non-stop from December 2020, Antofagasta – Cali had round-trip P2P indirect traffic of just over 10,000. It was the Chilean airport’s second-largest unserved market, after Buenos Aires.