On December 4th, the inaugural flight of the new Wingo route took off from Medellín’s José María Córdova International Airport to the Simón Bolívar Airport in Santa Marta. This route will operate four times weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
Wingo is a low-cost subsidiary of Copa Airlines, the Panamanian flag carrier. Wingo is based in Colombia and was established as a new venture by Copa Airlines to enter the low-cost market segment.
The carrier started its operations in December 2016, focusing on providing scheduled services to destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean.
With this new route, Wingo serves nine destinations from Medellín, including direct flights to Panama, Cancun, Aruba, Havana, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, Bogota, Cartagena, and now Santa Marta.
The Medellín – Santa Marta route offers four weekly flights, providing about 6,000 monthly seats. Along with the recent inauguration of the Medellín – Cartagena route, Wingo aims to provide nearly 12,000 monthly seats, stimulating tourism within Colombia.
Jorge Jiménez, Vice President of Commercial and Planning at Wingo, highlighted: “This route represents our ninth route from Medellín. This year, we have focused on providing low-cost national beach destinations like Cartagena and Santa Marta. With two of our airplanes based in this city, where we now operate 25% of our routes, it demonstrates Medellín’s importance within our network.”
Javier Andrés Benítez Ríos, Manager of the José María Córdova International Airport, acknowledged Wingo’s decision as a boost to the country’s internal connectivity: “The Caribbean culture is closer to Antioquia and all the passengers who pass through our terminal. With this direct route to Santa Marta and the newly inaugurated route to Cartagena, Wingo is fostering more connectivity opportunities, adding to the 12 national destinations operated from our airport.”
“We wish them success in their new projects and will continue to collaborate with their team and all the airlines to ensure that visitors find a world of possibilities in our region for more flights and new routes,” he added.
Pablo Diaz is an award-winning journalist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is also Editor In Chief of Aviacionline.com. Law, Engineering, and a pinch of science. When in doubt, trust evidence.