Avianca to launch Medellin-Madrid route

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Colombia's largest airline Avianca has announced the launch of a new Airbus A330 operated nonstop route connecting Medellin with Madrid.

According to an Avianca spokeswoman, the route will be launched on 3 July, with a initial frequency of two flights per week.

Avianca plans to codeshare with Spanish carrier Iberia on the new flights to Madrid, which will be operated on Thursdays and Sundays.

Medellin is becoming Avianca's third Colombian gateway for direct flights to Spain, after Bogota and Cali. The airline operates 19 weekly widebody flights to Madrid and Barcelona. It recently stopped serving Alicante directly, where a strong Colombian community resides.