One of the newest low cost carriers in the world
Fresh faces in the low cost airline business are looking sharper than ever. Since the establishment of low cost airlines within a competitive market within Europe, Asia and the United States it is great to see one on the rise in Latin America too. The airline is so new it is coming up on its first anniversary May 25th 2013. After almost a year in flight it seems that customers are pleased, standards are up to date and locals and tourists alike are taking advantage of this exciting and cost effective way to move about Colombia.
With any low cost carrier there is always the temptation to put the emphasis on sheer numbers rather than a pleasant flying experience. We took a roundtrip flight with the airline, from Barranquilla to Medellin and found it to be a very agreeable and affordable experience. For starters it was one flight I’ve been on where I’ve seen the most people flying for the first time in their lives. This is a great testament to what the airline is accomplishing, allowing people from more areas and economic backgrounds to get a shot at affordable aviation.
There are five planes in the fleet currently A 320/200 which are not new, but have a new look and feel with a brightly colored exterior boasting the national colors and the airline logo. Check in was expedient and easy. Like in any low cost carrier cabin baggage is restricted to one piece of no more than 10kg and checked baggage is 20kg per piece. Stewards and Stewardesses were welcoming and professional. Seats are open to be chosen and the plane filled up in good time and departed on time. There is the possibility to pay more for priority seating too. Take off, landing and flight were all routinely experienced. Flying was steady and considering some of the mountainous and no doubt windy challenges of Colombia’s terrain it was an excellent performance by the pilots.
There is no complementary in flight service. Snacks and drinks are sold and there is no entertainment technology. Seats are well spaced, three and three on each side with a magazine available for reading. The pilot was interactive and explained accurately the conditions of the flight. Overall the prices can be quite good. It is easy to purchase on the airline’s website a variety of ticket styles for various travel needs and this can cut down on the hours of distance that one faces driving between major Colombian cities.
Viva Colombia is a very straightforward low cost airline. One knows exactly what is being paid for and gets just that, the basic transit from one place to another in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. It is a great option to take advantage of one’s time in this big and diverse country and a good way to support a new business venture, which will benefit locals and tourists for years to come.