Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that Polar Líneas Aéreas SA is its own entity in Argentina and has no connection with the US-based Polar Air Cargo.
In line with the increasing amounts of low-cost flight options in the country, the Argentine government announced in the Official Bulletin this morning that a new company, Polar Líneas Aéreas SA (Polar Líneas) will be set to take off in the near future.
Polar Líneas Founder Ricardo Daniel Barbosa spoke with Infobae about the company’s business plan and stated that it intends to start operations at the end of 2018, and reach up to a fleet of 15 planes by 2020. Barbosa indicated that it would be approximately 60 percent passenger and 40 percent cargo travel.
This new venture, which currently does not have planes or a website, states that it intends to directly invest US $650 million in the country, with an additional US$ 800 million in indirect investments over the next 10 years. It is expected to generate 1,200 jobs.
Polar Líneas has requested 44 domestic routes, with its home base operating from the Valle del Conlara airport in Merlo, San Luis Province. The routes including flights that link San Luis province with Córdoba, Mendoza, San Juan, Buenos Aires, Neuquén, and Santa Cruz, as well as flights between La Plata and Bariloche, Córdoba and Chaco, Córdoba and Santa Cruz, and Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. The company also anticipates international flights from the airport in La Plata.
Some of the most appealing international routes include flights from Buenos Aires to Auckland (New Zealand), Perth (Australia), and Singapore.
But new businesses always come with skeptics. Some critics have questioned the decision to make San Luis the headquarters and La Plata as an international flight destination, citing inadequate infrastructure at both locations. Others question the leadership, as Barbosa was previously CEO of CATA Airlines, a company that went bankrupt in 2008. For now, the company has complied with the required actions to move forward.
The next step for the company is to receive its Air Service Operator Certificate, and after that the company has 180 days to plan its activities. So now’s the time to scroll through Pinterest and Instagram and bookmark those wanderlust pictures of your future travels. The adventures await.