Summa767 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2454 posts, RR: 6 Posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2959 times:
The "ultra low cost airline" Spirit, will start to service Armenia, Colombia on 13th November.
Armenia is a small city at the heart of Colombia's beautiful coffee region and will be Spirit's 4th destination in the country. It already has daily services to Bogota and Medellin, and Cartagena 4 times a week.
Service to Armenia will start on a twice weekly frequency, on Tuedays and Fridays with the following schedule:
AXM is "open skies". So is BAQ, but Spirit currently poaches passengers from BAQ through its CTG service. They even have an agreement with a bus operator for transfers, which take about 2 hours.
Access to CLO is restricted, and there are no available frequencies at the moment. Until the bilateral is revised, only slight possibility is that DL totally gives up its frequencies for JFK-BOG that thay seem to be struggling with.
In the mean time, CLO-FLL might be a good route for Aires, that is set to launch services from Colombia to FLL (and later JFK) from points in Colombia.
Spirit may also start San Andres Island at some point. That is also an open skies destination, and they would get some subsidy from the colombian government.
A300aa From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 393 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2657 times:
Quoting Summa767 (Reply 2): Access to CLO is restricted, and there are no available frequencies at the moment. Until the bilateral is revised, only slight possibility is that DL totally gives up its frequencies for JFK-BOG that thay seem to be struggling
That doesn't mean they will give up the frequencies, it's a seasonal reduction.
Good news but this move is probably the riskiest NK has made in regard to their Latin America operation. I mean, AXM, though in the coffe axis and a big destination for colombian tourist, is far away from the two big cities in the region, Manizales and Pereira (by far I mean 3 hours form PEI and 4 from MZL by car), so I don't know if they will poach a lot of passengers from those destinations. I have to see how this goes.
Summa767 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2454 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2381 times:
Quoting RCS763AV (Reply 5): is far away from the two big cities in the region, Manizales and Pereira (by far I mean 3 hours form PEI and 4 from MZL by car),
I may be wrong, but I seem to recall that Pereira is quite close to Armenia. Maybe 1 hour drive or so. A further hour and a half to Manizalez.
I should think that NK will do well out of serving AXM, and can see them increasing frequencies to 3 weekly frequencies sooner rather than later.
Flyboynk From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 66 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2146 times:
Armenia will start out twice weekly as stated then proceed to daily service with possible multiple daily flights eventually (2x 3x). Due to the close enough nature to Cali (yes a few hours but) and the whole "eje Cafetero" "coffee axis" you are lloking at an important business region in Colombia, not to mention a few million pax within a few hours driving distance.
NK also will be starting (soon to be announced) San Andres as part of the agreement to start Armenia with service From FLL and from Colombia (BOG, MDE, or AXM still unknown) since the agreement between Colombia and Spirit involved making Armenia openskies, upgrading facilities and flying to San Andres.
The Int'l terminal and runway upgrades have been finished, just waiting on TSA to sign off on the last minute details... (close to 10 million spent on this up to now). Cali is now begging Spirit to fly to CLO but because of the money spent in Armenia and also due to restricted slots to/from CLO it may happen down the road.
Route will start with A319 service then upgrade to A320 service, as more than like MDE and BOG by beginning of 2010. NK has (4) A320's coming by the beginning of 2010 if not sooner. Codeshare with Easyfly will allow pax to connect to many other destinations in Colombia when announced...
As for the 7 A319s NK got rid of last year those where the highest lease payment aircraft. Ofcourse that was in fear of the $150-$200 barrel of crude prices everyone was expecting. Now ofcourse the aircraft are needed but NK is not looking to overspend either (aircraft are available but not at the right prices)
Clo1973 From Colombia, joined Apr 2006, 239 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2103 times:
Quoting Summa767 (Reply 2): In the mean time, CLO-FLL might be a good route for Aires, that is set to launch services from Colombia to FLL (and later JFK) from points in Colombia.
Aires just announced it will start flying BAQ-FLL in November 2009. I hope at some point CLO gets the low-cost service to South Florida either from Aires or from NK, because clearly the market is there.