Colombian technology unicorn Rappi and low-cost carrier Viva Air have announced a deal that will allow Rappi users to purchase flights directly from the Rappi app to Viva’s domestic and international destinations. Last year, Rappi launched its Rappi Travel function, and has sold over 6,000 trips despite the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Rappi is a company founded in Bogotá, Colombia that has developed a mobile app and web platform allowing users in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, México, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia to order restaurant and retail items, then connecting them with a network of independent delivery contractors, usually on bicycle or motorcycle to shop for, and deliver the items, or pick up orders from restaurants similar to Über Eats. The company has raised over $1 billion in venture capital investment.
“We are very proud to have Viva Air as a strategic ally for Rappi Travel. We know that low-cost airlines are gaining an increasingly important role in the market; therefore making them part of the Rappi ecosystem is a natural move that contributes to the consolidation of Rappi as the first super app in Latin America, providing our users with what they want and need. Our main objective is to allow them to have a new, totally digital experience for buying air travel,” says Matías Laks (above right), Rappi general manager for Colombia.
CEO Félix Antelo (above left) of Viva Air said: “at Viva we ratify our commitment to connect more and more passengers and promote air inclusion in the region. We are proud to be the first airline to partner with Rappi Travel in Colombia, allowing more travelers to fly with low prices and the highest standards of punctuality and safety on flights. We expanded our business and, with it, the platforms where we operate and where travelers can find us, to bring our Low Cost model to more people and markets. The next steps are to offer by Rappi our network of national and international routes in other countries such as Mexico and Peru, to continue democratizing the skies in Latin America.”