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LatinNews Daily - 01 August 2019

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In brief: JetSmart expands in Argentina

* The low-cost Chilean airline JetSmart, controlled by the US private equity firm Indigo Partners, has announced plans to add three Airbus A320s aircraft to its fleet in Argentina, incorporating five new routes that were not previously operated by the company. These will connect Buenos Aires with Ushuaia city (capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur province) and Rosario (Santa Fe province) with Mendoza and Córdoba (capitals of the eponymous provinces) and Puerto Iguazú (Misiones province). This is part of a long-term project to invest in Argentina’s domestic market. According to Estuardo Ortiz, CEO of JetSmart, these additions will generate 300 direct and indirect jobs, up from the 160 Argentine employees already working for the company. Gonzalo Pérez Corral, the general manager for JetSmart Argentina, announced that these new routes will begin operating between 20-22 November, with two Airbuses arriving at the end of 2019 from Toulouse, France, and the third arriving during the first half of 2020.