NewsAvia, a popular aeronautical information portal written in Portuguese, is reporting that “sources of commercial aviation in Latin America” said that Southwest Airlines applied this week for authorization to fly to Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, and Brazil.According to the article, which we ran thru Google Translate:
The company low cost US Southwest Airlines is seeking authorization to fly to Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru, revealed this week sources of commercial aviation in Latin America. After getting permission to fly between the Houston Airport (USA) and Mexico last March, the priority of the largest low cost airline in the world is pointing now to the Latin American market, “which is at its peak,” referred to newspaper specializing in travel and tourism ‘Reportur’ of Argentina.
The main focus of the Southwest, the paper said, is gaining market share in Latin American countries, with particular attention to Argentina, one of the few countries in the world where it is still not created an airline low cost. According to the ‘Reportur’ there are only seven countries in the world, where there is a domestic supply of more than 100,000 seats, where there is no low cost airline. And five are in Latin America – Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The other two are Russia and Iran. What happens, for example, in Brazil and Mexico, where about 60% of domestic flights have low cost characteristics.
After authorization to fly from Houston (Texas) and Mexico City, Southwest shows up very interested in Brazil, a market that has grown in recent years abroad, while giving some signs of stagnation for economic reasons. The US company is not worried about a possible lack of passengers in Brazil or excess supply to the US, say industry sources. Is more concerned with getting the license from the regulatory authorities in Washington and Brasilia, it has urgency in setting up a Latin American network that guarantees founded expansion in countries with the highest economic potential and better growth rate of GDP of the continent.
Southwest has reportedly said that intends to serve 50 additional destinations in the next couple of years, and they have said to be looking at destinations outside of the United States. Could this be the start of more international service for Southwest Airlines?