Flybondi, a low-cost startup airline in Argentina, has surpassed Andes Lineas Aereas as the country´s third largest airline, and is seeking 361 potential new route authorities to secure its long-term expansion, the company said.
Flybondi, which began service four months ago, has requested Argentina´s civil aviation authority ANAC to award it the permits to operate flights on 361 domestic and international city pairs in addition to the 85 route rights it already holds.
Rather than operating from the controversial new Buenos Aires El Palomar low-cost airport, the routes requested by Flybondi underline a network development strategy that prioritises connecting cities in Argentina´s interior, avoiding the traditional Buenos Aires-centric strategy of its competitors.
Destinations in Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Colombia have been confirmed as candidates for receiving Flybondi´s upcoming international flights.
FB LÃneas AÃ©reas S.A., operating as Flybondi, is the first low-cost airline in Argentina. The airline plans to operate Boeing 737-800 aircraft, beginning with 10 units in 2018, with bases in Buenos Aires and CÃ³rdoba.