Itapemirim targets Buenos Aires as first international destination
As part of the International Tourism Expo (ABAV) held in Fortaleza, Brazil, the Itapemirim Group announced its intention to land in Argentina in 2022 with its start-up ITA-Itapemirim Transportes Aéreos.
Fabiano Olivera, Commercial Director of Itapemirim, confirmed to Ricardo Sosa, Executive Secretary of the Argentine National Institute for the Promotion of Tourism (Inprotur), ITA’s intention to operate in the country. The two sides discussed the possibility of creating a new travel option for Brazilians and Argentines.
“We are reaching new domestic destinations in Brazil, but the new challenge of flying to Buenos Aires makes us extremely happy, and we will be there soon. This could be our first international route ”, said Fabiano Oliveira, Commercial Director of Itapemirim.
The largest international market in the region
According to the Argentinian National Institute of Statistics and Census (INDEC), Brazil has positioned itself as the main outgoing tourist market with 18.90% of the seven million tourists who entered the country in 2019. Argentina is the second most important destination in the neighboring country, only surpassed by the United States.
In 2019, nine airlines operated between the two countries – Aerolineas Argentinas, Andes, Azul, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, GOL, LATAM, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines – operating flights from Brazil to Cordoba, Rosario, Mendoza, Bariloche and Buenos Areas. Argentines had direct links with Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cabo Frio, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, Maceio, Manaus, Natal, Navegantes, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia, Sao Paulo and Campinas / Viracopos.
During the summer, several charter flights were added from different points in Argentina to Brazil, with the 2015/2016 and 2017/2018 seasons being among the richest in seats between the two countries.
The pandemic has sharply reduced the supply of seats between the two destinations, remaining focused on Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Florianopolis only. Aerolineas Argentinas, Ethiopian, GOL, LATAM and Turkish will operate this season, in addition to the return of British Airways and Air Canada.
ITA-Itapemirim Transportes Aéreos
In 2020, the group acquires an air taxi company, Asta Linhas Aéreas. With this purchase, it facilitated the certification process and after several evaluations, ANAC Brazil certified the new airline in May 2021, to start operations a month later.
Photo: Itapemirim Group / Divilgação
The company currently has six Airbus A320ceos and plans to have more than twenty aircraft between the Airbus A319 and A320.
Its main base is São Paulo / Guarulhos (GRU), with Salvador (SSA), Brasilia (BSB) and Rio de Janeiro (GIG) as secondary bases. From the four airports, it operates flights to Porto Seguro (BPS), Curitiba (CWB), Belo Horizonte (CNF), Porto Alegre (POA), Recife (REC), Maceió (MCZ), Natal (NAT), Fortaleza ( FOR), Florianópolis (FLN) and, since December, Foz do Iguaçu (IGU). By 2022, it will begin flights to 20 other Brazilian destinations.