Cheaper domestic flights might soon be on the horizon. At least this is the idea from Argentina’s first “low-cost” airline, Flybondi. The company recently asked the Government for permission to operate 12 routes throughout Argentina, flying out from Buenos Aires. Where are these lucky hotspots? Puerto Iguazú, Córdoba, Bariloche, Mendoza, Resistencia, Salta, Neuquén, Tucumán, Ushuaia, El Calafate, Comodoro Rivadavia and Río Gallegos.
“We are going to create a market for people who today don’t travel by plane” said CEO Julian Cook. The news has gone down a treat with the Argentine public, as the Airline received more than 2,000 resumes in just two weeks.
If all goes to plan, eight planes will be operating in this new scheme. For all you aeronauts out there, the planes used will either be the Airbus 320 (seating 180) or the Boeing 737-800 (seating 189). Over the next five years, Flybondi is hoping to reach 1,500 employees generate 20,000 indirect jobs, have 8 million passengers, 25 aircraft and travel to 40 within Argentina and 34 in Latin America.
Flybondi is part of Swiss business tycoon Julian Cook’s fleet. For this project, investment is coming from Argentine partner Gastón Parisier of BigBox along with various international investors. “One of the essential priorities in relations with my partners is precisely to allow a lot of participation from Argentine capital. We are working on that basis” said Cook to Télam.
When will we see these planes? The plan, providing shareholders come up with the desired US $75 million to “ensure the viability of the project” will see a start date of the beginning of the third “trimester of 2017.”