The first international flight in the Biobío region was inaugurated: it will connect Concepción with Lima
The route of the commercial airline JetSmart will allow connecting Concepción with the Peruvian capital, without the need to make stopovers in Santiago, in four hours.
In order to promote a greater air connection of the country with foreign countries, the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt, inaugurated today the first international flight from the Biobío Region, through the Carriel Sur airport. This route will connect Concepción with Lima non-stop and in about four hours.
“The announcement of this new commercial air route helps to connect Chile through the skies with foreign countries. It provides a new travel option for those who go abroad from the southern part of our country, which allows greater freedom of choice for people and contributes to decentralization, because it is no longer necessary to go through Santiago to be able to travel between Peru and Chile”, said Minister Gloria Hutt.
The new air route operated by JetSmart will have two weekly frequencies during the year and three in the high season. In addition, this route will operate under the Low Cost modality, with a value from $29.00 per leg plus shipping fees and taxes (from $59.200 per leg). Add to that a discount of up to 30% with the code "1ERVUELO" to purchase tickets until December 29 and travel between January 19 and August 31, 2020.
On the other hand, JetSmart announced three new interregional routes, which will connect Concepción with Arica, Balmaceda and Punta Arenas. Thus, the airline, in addition to connecting with an international destination, will do so with eight destinations throughout the country from Carriel Sur, among which is Calama, Antofagasta, Iquique and La Serena. as well as an international destination.
Martín Mackenna, general secretary of the Civil Aeronautics Board (JAC), highlights "the importance of the inauguration of a new commercial flight from regions abroad, the first being from the Carriel Sur airport, which is in line with our Open Skies policy that as a Ministry we have promoted for 40 years to provide more connectivity and greater possibility of access to Chileans”.
The airline also finalizes today the installation of its base of operations in Concepción, contributing to the decentralization of the country and generating at least 200 jobs in the region, since all the company's crew and pilots will reside in the region. In this way, Concepción becomes a pole of air operations, a terminal where the corresponding maintenance will be carried out, without the need to do it in Santiago.
Estuardo Ortiz, CEO of JetSmart, pointed out that "we will promote local economies and the development of the regions of Chile, giving thousands of Chileans the opportunity to make their travel time and their pockets more efficient."