Spirit Airlines will inaugurate flights to Bucaramanga and Barranquilla
The airline continues to grow in Colombia with two new and strategic routes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
Spirit Airlines will inaugurate the route from the Palonegro International Airport in Bucaramanga (BGA) from November 18 * and from the Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport in Barranquilla (BAQ) from November 19 *, with direct flights to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL).
Spirit's flight between Bucaramanga and Fort Lauderdale will be the only international flight directly connecting the department of Santander with the United States. The addition of both routes positions Spirit as the airline with the largest number of direct flights connecting the United States with Colombia.
“We are very excited to welcome Barranquilla and Bucaramanga to our Spirit family and continue our mission to offer the best experience to our passengers,” said Camilo Martelo, Director of International Airports for Spirit Airlines. “We announced these new destinations in January and, from that moment, we await the inauguration of these two routes with great excitement. Colombia is a very important market for Spirit and we remain committed to continuing to grow in the country. "
Spirit began its service to Colombia in May 2008, connecting Fort Lauderdale (FLL) with Cartagena (CTG). The airline's expansion continued over the next decade with flights to Bogotá (BOG), Medellín (MDE), Armenia (AXM) and Cali (CLO). Additionally, the airline inaugurated its direct service from Orlando (MCO) to Cartagena, Bogotá and Medellín in 2018.
In the last 12 years, Spirit has flown more than 3.1 million Passengers between Colombia and the different cities in the United States. The airline also recently was the protagonist of the opening of borders, operating the first flight arriving in Colombia from an international destination on September 19, 2020.
Since the borders of Colombia were closed due to COVID-19, Spirit Airlines worked in collaboration with the United States embassy in Bogotá and the Colombian government to carry out humanitarian flights between the two countries. What started as a single humanitarian flight in early April, turned into more than 260 flights that repatriated approximately 30,000 people between the United States and nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, with Colombia being the main collaborator in this mission.