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Spirit Airlines Starts Service to Barranquilla, Colombia

Today Spirit Airlines is further expanding its network of ultra low fares throughout the country of Colombia as it starts non-stop service from Fort Lauderdale to Barranquilla. This new service marks Spirit*s fifth destination in Colombia and the airline now serves more cities in Colombia than any other U.S. carrier.

**We are looking forward to liberating even more Colombians from high fares, not only in Barranquilla, but the surrounding cities of the region that are within driving distance,** says Manuel Jaquez, Spirit*s Head - Commercial Latin America. **We are also excited to introduce our customers from North America to even more of Colombia*s beautiful countryside and culture.**

**In addition to low fares, Spirit*s opening of a new market offers greater connectivity and provides more opportunities for economic and tourism development for the department and the region,** says Eduardo Verano de la Rosa, Governor of the Atlantic Department.

**Spirit is a great opportunity for people in southern Florida and the Eastern United States to get to know Barranquilla, a thriving city that opens its doors to the world with many possibilities for development; this partnership with Spirit provides setting for the exchange of trade, sports, culture and wonderful experiences that both claim in modern societies. Spirit and Barranquilla are undoubtedly a combination that will bring progress and prosperity**, says Alejandro Char Chjaljub, Mayor of Barranquilla.

The president of Proexport Nubia Stella Martinez said that every new flight to Colombia improves the chances of integrating with an important market such as the United States. **This country has always had links with Barranquilla and it is time to strengthen these bonds. The opening of this new route is a commitment of Americans to enjoy the best of Colombia, Barranquilla and the Caribbean through its culture, history, cuisine and most importantly: its people.**

Known as Curramba the Beautiful, Barranquilla is located at the mouth of the Magdalena River on the Caribbean coast of Colombia and boasts a year-round tropical climate. Those hailing from Barranquilla include recording artist Shakira and Boston Red Sox shortstop Edgar Rentería. Barranquilla*s Carnival, celebrated for four days before Ash Wednesday, is broadly recognized as one of the world*s largest carnivals. In November 2003, UNESCO proclaimed it as one of 28 different **masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.**

Barranquilla marks the fifth Colombian destination Spirit serves, and the carrier will serve more cities in Colombia than any other U.S. carrier. Spirit became the first ultra low cost airline to service the capital of Bogota, as well as the important tourist destination of Cartagena in 2008, and also added service to Medellin and Armenia in 2009, liberating millions of Colombians from high fares.

22.08.2010. 13:42




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