US low cost carrier Spirit Airlines seeks to expand its footprint in Colombia through the addition of Barranquilla to its route network.

The carrier currently offers service from its Fort Lauderdale hub to Armenia, Bogota, Cartagena and Medellin.

Now the airline has requested authority from US regulators to add a single daily roundtrip flight to Barranquilla beginning 24 June using 144-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

Spirit tells US regulators Barranquilla is the largest industrial city in the Colombian Caribbean region and features a strategic port.

In its request to launch service Spirit also emphasises that currently no nonstop service exists between the USA and Barranquilla, and no low fare carriers offer flights to the Northern Colombian city.

Spirit's launch of service to Colombia was the result of an expanded aviation accord between the USA and Colombia concluded in October 2007. JetBlue and Delta were also allocated Colombian frequencies in the proceedings that followed the expansion of the aviation agreement.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news