Spirit Airlines has announced that in April this year, it will start offering direct flights to the Colombian cities of Bucaramanga and Barranquilla from Fort Lauderdale in the US state of Florida.
From Fort Lauderdale, Spirit is already flying to Bogota, Medellin, Armenia, and Cali. Also, the airline has established nonstop flights between Orlando (MCO) and Cartagena, Bogota, and Medellin.
Spirit will be the first carrier to offer direct flights between the US and Bucaramanga. The addition of two new routes means Spirit serves more cities in Colombia than any other US airline, with a total of 10 routes from two U.S. gateways to seven Colombian cities.
The American low-cost carrier flew its first flight to Colombia in May 2008, connecting Fort Lauderdale to Cartagena.
Barranquilla is the bustling business center on the Colombian north coast. Bucaramanga is the hub for the entire Santander state and eastern Colombia region.
“Colombia is considered home to many in Florida, and it is also a destination that has gained so much interest in the past years from the leisure traveler,” said Ted Christie, President and CEO at Spirit Airlines.
“Air connectivity is one of the government’s priorities and with this announcement we see progress toward our goal of enabling tourists and foreign investors to enjoy the numerous advantages Colombia has to offer, including its strategic geographical location and business opportunities,” said Flavia Santoro, President of ProColombia, an economic agency of the Colombian government.