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Airlines serving the Colombia-Mexico international niche
Mexico and Colombia are currently -Nov. 2019- united by four airlines offering direct services, thus making it one of the most competitive of the South America-Mexico market niches.
The participants -from Mexico- are Aeromexico, the flagship carrier of the Mexican Republic; also operating in this cross-border niche is Interjet, a Mexican Low Cost Carrier (LCC), which recently -on October 1 of this year- launched services to its second Colombian destination, and -in November- incorporated its third Colombian option, see below.
For its part, Colombia also contributes to this cross-border niche by way of two carriers: Avianca, part of the Avianca Airlines Group, together with the Colombian LCC: Wingo, a Copa Holdings brand airline, the latter being the most recent entrant to this international market.
See below for -airline specific- information on each of the above carriers and check out the city pairs on offer, plus contact details and links to information on the airports they serve in Mexico.
Mexican airlines with direct flights to Colombia
AEROMÉXICO in Colombia
Mexico’s flagship carrier Aeroméxico, a founding member of SkyTeam, currently -Nov. 2019- offers 2 direct Mexico – Colombia flights, to Bogota (BOG), and to Medellin (MDE), both options using Mexico City (MEX) as Mexico’s gateway to Colombia; this carrier has been present in Colombia since the launch of its Mexico City-Bogota flights back in 2010.
This flagship carrier’s route uniting Terminal 1 of the El Dorado International Airport of Bogota (BOG) with Terminal 2 of the Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) currently -Nov. 2019- offers three daily direct flights operating the route with its Boeing 737-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
See Aeroméxico in Mexico City: Domestic / International
—THE AEROMÉXICO SERVICES MENTIONED BELOW ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE—
For its part, the route between Medellin José María Córdova International Airport (MDE-MEX) Mexico City was incorporated in 2015, and is currently -Nov. 2019- covered with daily direct services.
And -on July 23, 2018- Aeroméxico announced a new route between the International Airport of Cancun (CUN-MDE) Medellin -since withdrawn- these services were operated by the Aeromexico affiliate: Aeromexico Connect, using its Embraer E190 aircraft (99 passengers) and offered two weekly flights on Saturdays and Sundays; the route was operational from Nov. 17, 2018., until April 28, 2019.
See Aeromexico in Cancun: Domestic / International
Then, in an official press release -dated Feb. 14, 2019- the Mexican flagship carrier announced it would launch services to its third Colombian destination: Cali, as of May 16, 2019 -since withdrawn- thus uniting the Mexican capital’s Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) with the Santiago de Cali Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO), which serves the third most populous city in this South American country.
Unfortunately, the abovementioned services were withdrawn -as of Sept. 1, 2019- due to the fleet changes undertaken by the company as a result of the grounding of the airline’s Boeing MAX aircraft.
The said services were operated using the carrier’s Boeing 737-700 aircraft, offering seating for 124 passengers -11 in First Class (Clase Premier)- with four weekly frequencies, the MEX-CLO services on Tues., Thurs., Sat. and Sunday; the CLO-MEX services were on Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sunday.
Aeromexico is one of two Mexican airlines participating in the Mexico-Colombia niche.
INTERJET in Colombia
Interjet is the only Mexican LCC (Low Cost Carrier) offering direct Mexico – Colombia flights and currently -Nov. 2019- provides three destinations in this South American country: Bogota (BOG), Cartagena de Indias (CTG) and Medellín (MDE), making Colombia its largest South American market.
The first route to Colombia introduced by Interjet -in 2013- was the connection between the two capital cities of these Latin American countries Mexico City (MEX-BOG) Bogota, the route currently -Nov. 2019- provides three daily direct services; this was followed by the incoporation of its Cancun (CUN-BOG) Bogata flights -on Oct. 31, 2016- services which now -Nov. 2019- provide two daily direct flights.
See Interjet in Mexico City: Domestic / International
Then, in an official press release from the carrier -dated Feb. 28, 2019- Interjet announced services to Medellín -the second most populous city in the country- to where once again it is offering two gateways to this state capital -also known as ‘the city of eternal Spring‘- with flights from both Cancun and Mexico City; this time the said services were both launched on the same day: June 5, 2019. Currently –Nov. 2019– Interjet covers the Cancun (CUN-MDE) Medellín route with daily flights; the company’s MEX-MDE route is also currently offering daily flights.
See Interjet in Cancun: Domestic / International
And -in Sept. 2019- Interjet announced that its third Colombian destination would be Cartagena de Indias (CTG), the only direct flight option from Mexico to Colombia’s Caribbean coast; Interjet’s MEX-CTG flights commenced -as of Nov. 22, 2019- .with four flights per week: Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sunday.
As part of the announcement, Interjet also presented its passenger statistics for the Mexico-Colombia niche, stating that -throughout 2018- the company transported 287,398 on its four current routes; from Jan. to Sept. this year, Interjet’s passenger numbers on its Colombia services have a headcount of 226,880 passengers, up 22% over the same period last year.
Interjet is one of the two Mexican airlines currently participating in the Mexico-Colombia niche.
Interjet -unusual as an LCC- offers passengers a 34-inch seat pitch.
Colombia-based airlines with direct flights to Mexico
AVIANCA in Mexico
Avianca, the Star Alliance member and part of Avianca Holdings, offers 2 Mexican destinations in its route portfolio, from Bogota (Terminal 1) to Cancun (CUN), and to Mexico City (MEX).
Avianca currently -Nov. 2019- connects the El Dorado International Airport of Bogota (BOG-CUN) Cancun International Airport (CUN) with two daily direct flights operated by both Avianca & Avianca Costa Rica.
The Avianca group also connects El Dorado (BOG-MEX) Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport, currently -Nov. 2019- offering three daily direct flights, again operated by both Avianca and Avianca Costa Rica.
Avianca Holdings was founded in Feb. 2010., by Synergy Group (owner of Avianca) and Kingsland Holding Limited (owner of TACA Airlines), the partners holding 70% and 30% of the shares, respectively. In total, Avianca Airlines -as a group- operates a commercial fleet of 168 aircraft, including ATRs, Airbus, Boeing, Cessna and Embraer aircraft.
The Avianca group is one of two South American carriers to offer direct Colombia – Mexico flights.
Avianca telephone – Bogota:
Avianca telephone – Mexico:
WINGO in Mexico
Wingo -a Star Alliance member airline- offers 2 Mexican destinations in its route portfolio, with direct flights uniting Bogota (BOG-CUN) Cancun and Bogota (BOG-MEX) Mexico City.
This carrier’s El Dorado International Airport of Bogota (BOG-CUN) Cancun International Airport route is currently -Nov. 2019- served with four weekly frequencies on Tues., Thurs., Sat. and Sunday.
See Wingo in Cancun
Meanwhile, the El Dorado (BOG-MEX) Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport flights are currently -Nov. 2019- offering three weekly frequencies, on Tues., Thurs. and Saturday.
Wingo is the most recent addition to the Colombia – Mexico market niche, in fact, the company’s operational launch -Dec. 1, 2016- included 14 international flights, of which the BOG-CUN route was one. This airline currently operates a fleet of just four Boeing 737-700 aircraft, each with seating for 142 passengers.
Wingo operates as a Low Cost Carrier (LCC) and was created to replace Copa Airlines Colombia; as such, this LCC is a Copa Holdings S.A. airline brand; just 14 months after taking to the skies, the company announced -on Feb. 5, 2017- that its One Millionth Passenger had flown on one of its flights connecting Bogota with Punta Cana (PUJ – Dominican Republic); in its 2019 awards, the US travel search engine Kayak users voted Wingo as the #1 Low Cost Airline in Latin America, and named it as #4 globally in the same category.
Wingo is one of two Colombia-base airlines to offer direct Colombia – Mexico flights.
Wingo telephone – Bogota:
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