Viva Air presented Medellín as its strategic HUB of operations and Rionegro José María Córdova airport as its main hub for its deployment, a decision that will provide travelers with direct access to the capital of Antioquia and connections to more international destinations.
Accordingly, the airline announced the opening of three new international routes connecting Medellín with Mexico City (starting June 8, 2021 with four flights a week), Medellín with Cancún (starting June 2, with three flights a week) and Medellín with Orlando (starting June 10 with three flights a week), El Espectador reported.
Tickets to these new destinations will start at US$189.90 round-trip for the U.S. and US$229.90 for Mexico. The company noted that its presence on the Medellín-Cancún route resulted in a 39% reduction in fares and a 48% reduction on the Medellín-Mexico City route.
This brings the total number of domestic and international destinations to and from José María Córdova International Airport to 10. The deployment of operations from the capital of Antioquia will allow, thanks to the geographical location of Medellin, future direct connections between North and South America, which facilitates the control of operating costs and therefore more competitive fares for travelers. It will also be the intermediate point between the airline’s two main hubs, Bogota and Panama.
The airline recently announced new direct routes from Medellín to Bucaramanga and Cúcuta starting April 6.
The airline already had a base of operations in Medellín. It also has its main offices in the municipality of Rionegro, neighboring the city of Medellín, where it generates more than 400 direct jobs.
The airline said that with its bet it hopes to decongest and decentralize Bogota’s El Dorado airport, encourage the development of the region, boost the country’s economy, contribute to the purpose of connecting Colombia with the world and resume its expansion plans.
“At Viva we have a clear conviction: it is time to decentralize flights in Colombia, to turn Medellín into our strategic hub for the region. This will be our big project for 2021, the most challenging and exciting for Viva in its nine-year history. Medellín is our home, here we were born, here we grew strong and here we continue to deploy our operations where today we are the leading airline with a 40% market share,” commented Félix Antelo, president and CEO of Viva Air Group.