Starting July 24, 2008, ultra low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is offering daily non-stop service from its Fort Lauderdale home to Bogota, Colombia. In addition to this new non-stop service from Fort Lauderdale, Spirit also offers convenient connections from its network of 16 other destinations in the United States to Bogota. The new route will be operated by Spirit’s new Airbus fleet, the youngest in the Americas.

The city of Bogota, with a population of seven million inhabitants, has become one of the most important capitals and business centers in the region. Its year-round spring-like climate and location at an altitude of 9,000 feet above sea level, provides a pleasant location for walking and an excellent backdrop for restaurants, shopping, nightlife, coffee production and commercial centers. Bogota also has become a primary destination for congresses, fairs and conventions for the entire Latin America and Caribbean region.

“We are excited about liberating millions of Colombians in Bogota from high fares as we’ve already done in Cartagena and other cities in the region,” said Spirit chief marketing officer Barry Biffle. “This new service will offer over 100 million people low fare access to Bogota through our Fort Lauderdale gateway.”

Referring to Spirit’s new flight to Bogota, Colombia, Oscar Rueda García, vice minister of Tourism of Colombia said, “Spirit’s arrival marks a new stage in the history of Colombia’s tourism, in which we are eagerly awaiting the best fares in order to promote tourism for the country. This new stage of flying, which began to Cartagena on May 8, 2008, met with great success, and we hope that very soon will cover other tourist destinations throughout the country.”