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Viva Air Adds Three International Routes, Establishes New Hub in Colombia

Viva Air, the Colombian low-cost airline, announced the launch of new routes as part of its international expansion process. The carrier will be operating direct flights from Medellín, Colombia to Mexico City, Cancún, Mexico and Orlando, Florida.

The Colombian low-cost carrier expects to transport around 180,000 passengers during the first year of operation of these three new routes and seeks to decentralize the international operation of the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá to offer connections from the José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro (Medellín).

According to Volavi, the expected itinerary and introduction prices are included in the table below:

Route Departure Time (GMT-5) Arrival Time (GMT-5) Frequency Beginning Date Round Trip Price
Bogotá – Mexico City 16:50 21:50 4 weekly flights June 2, 2021 $250
Mexico City – Bogotá 23:20 4:20 (next day)
Medellín – Mexico City 20:52 1:22 (next day) 4 weekly flights June 8, 2021 $250
Mexico City – Medellín 2:52 7:22
Medellín – Cancún 10:40 14:03 3 weekly flights June 2, 2021 $230
Cancún – Medellín 15:13 18:28
Medellín – Orlando 10:20 15:17 3 weekly flights June 10, 2021 $190
Orlando – Medellín 16:47 19:42

Decentralizing Flights in Colombia

With this announcement, Viva Air will be operating 26 domestic routes in Colombia to 12 destinations and 7 international routes to 5 destinations in Peru, Mexico and the United States.

“At Viva we have a clear conviction: it is time to decentralize flights in Colombia, to make Medellín our strategic connection hub for the region. This will be our great project for 2021, the most challenging and exciting for Viva in its 9-year history,” said Félix Antelo, president and CEO of Grupo Viva Air.

Viva Air has chosen Medellín as its main hub in part because of its geographic location, as the city is located in the middle of two Latin American main hubs: Bogotá and Panama.

“Medellín is our home, here we were born, here we are strengthened and here we continue to deploy our operations where today we are the main airline with a 40% market share. As an airline, our commitment is to encourage the development of the region, boost the country’s economy and for this reason we understand that aviation in Colombia cannot depend solely on Bogotá and a single airport, therefore, we seek that air connections from Medellín are the same more important than those of El Dorado (International Airport in Bogotá)”, Antelo continued.

Capacity Available at Medellín Airport

The José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro (Medellín) remains attractive to several airlines not only due to its location, but also because of its low operating costs and extensive facilities available.

In 2019, around 10 million passengers transited through the airport terminal, well below of its potential. This was further reduced to only 3.1 million passengers in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the second most important city for business transactions in Colombia outside of Bogota, Medellín has a critical role to play in the nation’s continued growth.

Viva Air will hope to capitalize on this available capacity and bring back both business and leisure travelers to the skies.

Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
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