Discount Colombian airline Wingo will begin flying from Bogotá to the Venezuelan capital of Caracas today. The Bogotá-based carrier, an offshoot of Copa Airlines Colombia, will operate four flights weekly.
The airline says it has launched the route in response to customer demand and to help better connect the two nations. From 2013 to 2016, according to Wingo, more than 1.2 million Venezuelans entered Colombia as the economic, political, and security situation deteriorated in their home country.
“We want Venezuelans living in our country to feel closer to their homeland and also more Colombians to discover the Wingo side of Caracas,” said Catalina Bretón, general leader at Wingo. “Plus, Caracas is a very important business destination in the region.”
The flight will depart El Dorado International Airport in the Colombian capital at 4:29 am each Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, arriving in Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas at 7:24 am. The return leg will depart from Venezuela at 8:31 am and land back in Bogotá at 9:30 am. (All times local.)
Daniel Pages, president of the Association of Venezuelans in Colombia (AsocVenCol), was pleased with the news. “We strive for strategic partnerships that benefit our fellow citizens,” he said, adding that “in addition to providing commercial service between Venezuela and Colombia, Wingo has identified the need to connect to sister nations.”
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