Spirit Airlines Announces New Colombia Flights

**Update on 1/13/2020 @ 03:01UTC– Aircraft details updated**

American low-cost carrier, Spirit Airlines, is set to launch two new services to Colombia this April. From the airline’s hub in Fort Lauderdale, Spirit will soon fly to Bucaramanga and Barranquilla in Colombia from April 2020.

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Spirit Airlines is gearing up for two new services to Colombia this April. Photo: Airbus

Spirit’s new Colombia services

From late-April, Spirit announced that it will inaugurate two new flights to Bucaramanga and Barranquilla in Colombia from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Bucaramanga flight will operate thrice-weekly on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Similarly, the Barranquilla flight will take off on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays for a thrice-weekly rotation. Spirit Airlines confirmed to Simple Flying that both routes are currently scheduled with 145-seat Airbus A319 aircraft. However, aircraft changes may occur if market conditions demand it.

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Spirit Airlines will fly two new thrice-weekly flights to Bucaramanga and Barranquilla, Colombia. Photo: Airbus

Bucaramanga and Barranquilla are probably not the first Colombian destinations that come to mind. Spirit already flies to some of the more well-known Colombian cities of Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena, and Cali. These new routes are more niche.

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Spirit notes that Barranquilla is an important economic center in northern Colombia. And, Bucaramanga is a hub for eastern Colombia in the Santander state.

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Spirit Airlines already has a very comprehensive route network to Colombia. Photo: JTOcchialini via Flickr

Spirit’s presence in Colombia

With the addition of these two new routes, Spirit Airlines will fly to more cities in Colombia than any other American airline. To seven different cities, Spirit flies ten services. There are three destinations served out of Orlando. All seven are served out of Fort Lauderdale. Below is a map of Spirit’s Colombian network from Fort Lauderdale:

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Spirit Colombia Network
Spirit Airlines flies to seven destinations in Colombia from Fort Lauderdale. Rendering created at Great Circle Mapper

In addition, Spirit also flies to Cartagena, Bogota, and Medellin out of Orlando. These routes vary in service from daily to several-weekly flights. Bogota, one of the most famous destinations in Colombia, sees daily Spirit service to both Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.

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Bogota is an important link for Spirit Airlines. Photo: Airbus

What is it like to fly Spirit?

Low-cost carriers offer lower fares than full-service competitors. At the same time, the service onboard is a bit different. For one, passengers will have to pay for onboard service and there are a number of ancillary fees. While Spirit Airlines has debuted a new A320neo cabin, the seat pitch on all Spirit planes is a little tight. But, thanks to space-saving padding, there is a little more room for your legs. Whether or not that is comfortable is up to the passenger to decide.

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Seat pitch is a bit tight onboard the low-cost carrier. Photo: Spirit Airlines

However, if you are searching for a bit of an upgrade, Spirit Airlines also offers a “Big Front Seat” product. While it is comparable to some full-service First Class products in terms of legroom and width, passengers should not expect the same kind of service onboard.

Overall

Spirit Airlines is connecting more passengers to Colombia than ever before. With these two new routes, passengers will have more options to visit more destinations. While some of these places are not the most well-known destinations in Colombia, these cities have their own charm which may be perfect for a little getaway.

Will you fly any of Spirit’s new services to Colombia? Let us know in the comments!

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Gerry S

I will fly Spirit anywhere as long as it is in their Big Front Seat. Fares are really low and service minimal at best, but well worth the ride. This will be great for budget-consious travellers and Columbians will really flock to it. No wonder Avianca is struggling right now. It is hard to compete with a great airline like Delta/ LAM. It is twice as difficult when the competition offers fares that are twice as low. Note to travellers: Request The Big Front Seat. For a small addition you can be really, really comfortable for the long ride.

Richard Johnson

Jay I’m like you started flying with Northwest and now a medallion member with Delta. I fly to Colombia 5-6 times a year. Delta has started flying the 767 into Bogota from Atlanta and with the 20% buy of LATAM I will get my connecting flights with them. So I will probably stick with Delta but never say never if deal is too sweet to turn down. I am glad to see Colombia is becoming more and more destination for North Americans. Colombia is great country to visit. And Gerry thanks for the info on the seats with spirit.

ChuckMO

Pretty sure that Avianca flies to more Colombian cities. You should probably change that to “than any other US airline.

Martha magana

Never will fly with spirit again paid $50 for each luggage total of $200 for 4 luggage Nd 2 of them got left behind and then when I finally received them 3 days later stuff was missing from them!!!! Beyond pissed off!!!!

Gerry S

@Martha: sorry about your experience. Service is not good. If you fly light though it is okay. I would never fly Spirit if loaded down with gear, I will just go Delta or Jet Blue.