Mexico's Interjet plans to begin operations in El Salvador on 15 December 2018 with daily A320 flights out of Mexico City International Airport.
The carrier plans to create a "mini-hub" at Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador, using it as a launchpad to other destinations in Central America, the US and even South America over the next 12 months.
More flights will be launched to El Salvador from Mexico in the 1Q 2019, with eventual plans to base 12 aircraft in the country over the next five years.
As part of the plans, Interjet this month began the process to obtain an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in El Salvador, on top of its recently obtained permit from El Salvador to serve flights to the country as a Foreign Air Operator.
This will be the beginning of a series of investments that Interjet plans to for El Salvador, with the goal to establish a local flag airline in the country.
As El Salvador has a dollarized economy, Interjet plans to increase revenue in dollars in order to protect against the volatility of the Peso. Currently, Interjet generates 35% of its revenue in dollars and expects to reach 50%.