Colombia’s civil aviation authority Aerocivil has approved the launch of nine new international routes, including planned services by Mexican ULCCs Volaris and Viva Aerobus. The flights will offer nonstop connections to destinations in Mexico, Costa Rica and Curaçao.
Volaris has been given the green light to start four routes, two of which are from Mexico City (MEX) and two from the vacation resort of Cancun (CUN). Permission has been granted for 4X-weekly flights between MEX and Bogota (BOG) (pictured), as well as a 2X-weekly service between MEX and Medellin (MDE). A 3X-weekly CUN-BOG route and a 2X-weekly CUN-MDE service have also been approved.
The latest schedules data provided by OAG shows that Volaris intends to begin MEX-BOG on Oct. 6, with flights between CUN and Colombia’s capital starting a day later. Both routes will use Airbus A320s.
Mexican rival Viva Aerobus has also been cleared to enter the MEX-BOG market, operating 7X-weekly. Flights are scheduled to commence on Aug. 21 with A320s.
Before the pandemic, Avianca, Interjet and Aeromexico were the market leaders between Colombia and Mexico, collectively controlling 96% of the 1.7 million scheduled seats during 2019, according to OAG data…