Colombia Bolsters Flights To Ecuador & Dominican Republic

Aviation in Colombia continues its recovery as airlines up their flights to Ecuador and Dominican Republic. LATAM has resumed flights to Quito, Ecuador, while Wingo has launched a new service to Santo Domingo, DR.

Wingo launches new route to the Dominican Republic

Low-cost carrier Wingo has launched a brand-new route between Medellín International Airport (MDE) and Santo Domingo (SDQ), its fourth service to the Dominican Republic.

The inaugural flight took off on March 31st as part of a twice-weekly schedule, with flights departing on Mondays and Fridays. The schedule is as follows:

Medellin – Santo Domingo

  • Flight P5-7420 – MDE 20:35 – SDQ 00:08+1

Santo Domingo – Medellin

  • Flight P5-7421 – SDQ 01:08 – MDE 02:41

The Colombian airline currently flies to Santo Domingo out of Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. It also serves the Dominican Republican resort getaway Punta Cana from Bogotá and Medellín.

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Wingo already flies to Santo Domingo out of Bogotá. Photo: Getty Images.

Wingo will offer over 5,000 seats each week between Colombia and the Dominican Republic over the peak summer season, with 30 weekly flights between the two countries.

Flights will be operated by Wingo’s fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The carrier, owned by Copa Airlines, has a fleet of eight Boeing 737-800s with an average age of around 13 years.

LATAM Colombia returns to Quito

LATAM Colombia has returned to Quito, the capital of Ecuador, after resuming flights on April 1st.

The airline restarted its service between Bogotá and Quito and will offer five flights a week on this route (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays). The schedule is as follows:

Quito – Bogotá

  • Flight LA1440 – UIO 07:00 – BOG 08:30 – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • Flight LA1442 – UIO 17:15 – BOG 18:45 – Tuesday and Sunday.

Bogotá – Quito

  • Flight LA1441 – BOG 09:37 – UIO 11:15 – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • Flight LA1443 – BOG 20:07 – UIO 21:45 – Tuesday and Sunday.

The carrier will use its Airbus A319 aircraft, which offers 144 seats – 18 in premium economy and 126 in economy. LATAM Colombia will provide over 700 weekly seats on this route.

Simple Flying explored what classes of travel LATAM offers across its fleet in more detail.

Colombian aviation recovery

As the world approaches the ‘post-COVID’ era, travel restrictions are loosening up, and airlines worldwide are beginning to match their pre-pandemic levels.

Flights between Colombia and Dominican Republic have already returned to pre-COVID levels. Avianca and Wingo, which both operate between the two countries, hit 99.5% of their 2019 capacity over 2021 with 115,463 passengers.


LATAM Colombia handled over 90% of its pre-pandemic capacity over 2021. Photo: Getty Images.

Interestingly, flights during the fourth quarter of 2021 were 40% higher than in the same period in 2019.

Bogotá – Quito was one of Colombia’s busiest routes pre-pandemic, carrying over 430,000 passengers in 2019.

LATAM Colombia served over six million travelers in 2021, accounting for over 90% of its pre-pandemic capacity. This makes LATAM Colombia the most ‘recovered’ of all LATAM Group airlines. The carrier expects to fly around 10 million travelers in 2022.

Have you flown with Wingo or LATAM Colombia recently? How did you find the experience? Let us know in the comments.

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