On August 2 2018, the Chilean low-cost airline SKY Airline announced the beginning of its international expansion, with the selection of Perú as its first country.
According to Holger Paulmann, General Manager of SKY, Perú was selected because of its economic stability and growing, meaning it is an attractive country for investing.
SKY is currently requesting Peruvian authorities for operational permissions, which will allow it for operating both domestical and international routes. The airline’s authorities expect the initial flights in Perú will take place during the first quarter of 2019. A further step considered by the airline is Colombia by 2023.
Paulmann also mentioned that the new airliners of SKY, the Airbus A320neo, will also be based in Lima Airport with the possibility of adding A321neo examples is under consideration.
It was also announced that SKY Perú operation will be leaded by José Raúl Vargas, appointed as its General Manager. Vargas previously worked for LATAM Airlines Perú as service director, international airports manager of LAN and manager of airports of LAN Perú, among others.
On the other hand, SKY announced that is halting its operation between Santiago, Chile and Rosario in Argentina. This measure, was taken because of low demand, will take place from October 1 2018, almost a year from the inaugural flight that was made on October 3, 2017.
All images by SKY. Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile.