Unlike all the other airline counters which are practically empty, when you see Sky Airlines massive line you know you have hit Chile’s budget carrier. For a budget carrier, Sky Airlines are fairly generous with their baggage allowance granting you 23 kilos of checked in luggage and 10 kilos of carry on luggage complimentary.
The generous luggage allowance was about where Sky Airlines generosity ended. We are not particularly picky when it comes to budget airlines, having flown the likes of Ryanair many times before, but this airline experience is truly something else. We are on the thin side when it comes to the average human and we could barely fit in the seats, our legs were jammed up against the seat in front. We couldn’t fathom how a slightly larger person could possibly fit in the seats. I don’t even think the plane had air-con if thats even possible to believe. Based on the quality of this airline, I began to wonder whether the pilots are adequately qualified to fly this old beast. What was particularly concerning was just days earlier, our friend, who is a junior pilot in Chile, told us a story about how his boss forget to let the wheels down and crashed the plane as it landed. Very reassuring!
If you are familiar with latino transport, the best analogy i could make is that Sky Airlines is to a latino collectivo taxi. You know, when 20 people are shoved into a 8 person van and people are literally hanging out from the doors and windows. Heck, I could do with hanging out the window right now considering how god damn hot it is. Well, at least there’s a silver lining – its cheap!
Would we fly with Sky Airlines again? Not if we had the choice of another airline for a similar price. We initially chose to fly with Sky Airlines as it was the same price as the overnight 24 hour bus from Santiago to San Pedro. Was this the right decision? Its really hard to say and it really depends on your priorities. We would have travelled in luxury on the bus with fully reclining sleeper seats, the same quality as a first class airline with individual tvs and food. Wheres, here, we are shoved in like cattle, unable to feel our legs, with no ability to recline and no food and drink included. However, in saying all that, we reached San Pedro in not even a fifth of the time that the bus would’ve taken. Considering this fact, if there was no alternatives, I might be gluten for punishment & actually consider flying with them again.
Have you flown Sky Airlines before? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!