The Chilean airline JetSmart will start operations in Bolivia in the second half of 2022

The Chilean airline JetSmart will start operations in Bolivia in the second half of 2022

By Walter Vasquez

The Chilean low-cost airline JetSmart joins the Brazilian Gol to increase this year the number of international airlines operating in Bolivia. The trans-Andean company will begin operations in the second half of the year on the Santiago de Chile-Cochabamba route, projected the executive director of the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC), General Ceiler Arispe, who also announced that Military Air Transport Public Company (TAM-EP ) performs his paperwork to return to heaven.

Gol Líneas Aéreas resumed its passenger transport operations on May 4, 2022, Jet Smart begins operations in the second semester and TAM-EP is in the process of returning of operations as a civil airline”, indicated Arispe in the institution’s Initial Public Rendering of Accounts 2022.

“Jet Smart is a Chilean company that is finalizing its certification process (…). We, always taking care of our national airlines, we have offered international flights to Cochabambaso we estimate that it could probably make a Cochabamba-Santiago and Santiago-Cochabamba route”, he indicated.

With JetSmart there will be 15 airlines flying through the Bolivian skies, four national and 11 foreign. The local ones are Boliviana de Aviación (BoA), Amaszonas, Ecojet and Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos (TAB), which is cargo. The international ones are Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Europa, Avianca, Avianca Ecuador, Conviasa, Copa Airlines, LAN Airlines, LAN Peru, ParanAir and AerCaribe, which is also cargo.

In 2019 we have transported about five million passengers, we intend this management to increase to 5.2 million or 5.5 millionit would be very important for civil aviation”, remarked the director of the DGAC.

TAM-EP, dependent on the Bolivian Air Force and under the Ministry of Defense, began civil operations in March 2019 covering the La Paz-Cochabamba route and with plans to also reach Santa Cruz, Tarija and Sucre in the short term.

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