MONTEVIDEO – Montevideo and Santiago linked themselves to one another by air with the arrival of the first commercial flights by Chile’s Sky Airline, which will offer low-cost daily flights between those cities.
Uruguay’s deputy minister of tourism, Benjamin Liberoff, told reporters during the inauguration ceremony for the new route that it is “something to celebrate,” given that – in his judgment – it constitutes “a better opportunity” to link his country with the world at large.
“With this inauguration, what we’re going to be doing is increasing by 30 percent Uruguay’s offerings to connect with Chile and, at the same time, it seems to us that with this airline’s operating model we’ll probably reach a broader section of the Chilean public,” he said.
The deputy minister said that currently some 38,000 passengers of different nationalities living in Chile visit Uruguay each year, but the new route could expand that number to around 60,000.
Meanwhile, the airline’s business manager in Uruguay, Radames Montero, said that making the firm’s model – featuring low-cost tickets – available is the result of “many months of work.”
“With this, we’re not only welcoming a company but a low-cost model that democratizes the price of air fares putting them within reach of everyone and, above all, (offering) a new experience for the user,” he said.
Sky Airline is the second-largest Chilean airline and will link the Uruguayan and Chilean capitals using Airbus 319 and 320 aircraft that can carry 150 passengers.