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Copa Holdings to launch Colombia-based LCC Wingo

Oct 20, 2016
 
 
Rendering of Boeing 737-700 in Wingo livery

Rendering of Boeing 737-700 in Wingo livery

 

Panama City-based Copa Holdings will launch Wingo, a low-cost carrier subsidiary of Copa Airlines Colombia, on Dec. 1.

“Wingo … diversifies and expands Copa Holdings’ business and operational models, allowing us to better serve a market segment where many opportunities for growth and development still exist,” Copa Holdings CEO Pedro Heilbron said Oct. 20.

The new airline will operate in a point-to-point business model, “with a simple organizational structure and low operating costs …offer[ing] low prices and convenient payment methods, as well as the option for travelers to personalize their travel experience with the amenities and services they value during their flight,” Copa said in a statement.

The airline will operate administratively and functionally as a subsidiary of Copa Airlines Colombia, with completely autonomous structures for its commercialization, distribution systems and customer service, the company said.

Catalina Bretón, director of international planning and commercial for New York-based JetBlue Airways since 2014, and previously with Bogotá, Colombia-based Avianca since 2002, will lead Wingo, Copa said. Copa Colombia CEO Eduardo Lombana will oversee operations, administration and finance of both Copa Airlines Colombia and Wingo.

Wingo will operate a fleet of four Boeing 737-700 aircraft, each configured for single-class seating capacity for 142 passengers. The LCC’s route network will cover 16 cities in 10 countries in South America, Central America and the Caribbean; most of these routes will be transferred from Copa Colombia’s network.

Wingo’s new domestic routes within Colombia, from Dec. 1, will include: daily Bogotá -Cartagena service; 5X-weekly Cali-San Andres service; 5X-weekly Cartagena-San Andres service; 3X-weekly Barranquilla-San Andres service; and 3X-weekly Bogotá-San Andres service.

Wingo’s new international routes, beginning Dec. 1, will include: daily Bogotá-Caracas, Venezuela service; 6X-weekly Bogotá-Panama Pacifico International Airport (in Balboa, Panama)  service; 5X-weekly Panama Pacifico-San Jose, Costa Rica service; 5X-weekly Bogotá–Cancun, Mexico service; 4X-weekly Bogotá-Mexico City service; 4X-weekly Bogotá-Quito, Ecuador service; 4X-weekly Medellin-Panama Pacifico service; 3X-weekly Bogotá-Havana, Cuba service;  3X-weekly San Jose-Guatemala City service; 2X-weekly Bogotá-Aruba service; 2X weekly Cali, Colombia-Panama Pacifico service; and 2X-weekly Bogotá-Punta Cana, Dominican Republic service.

Mark Nensel mark.nensel@penton.com

http://atwonline.com/airlines/copa-holdings-launch-colombia-based-lcc-wingo

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edited title to make it a bit more general

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PANAMA CITY, Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Copa Holdings (NYSE: CPA), parent company of Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia, has officially launched Wingo in Colombia. Wingo, which will begin operations on December 1st, brings a low-cost/low-price offering, with flexible amenities to the market in Colombia and the region.

Designed for travelers who prefer a simple and no-frills travel option, Wingo is a strategic response to dynamic market opportunities and a reflection of Copa Holdings' experience and strength. Wingo adds a unique business model to Copa Holdings, whose full-service airline Copa Airlines offer the best connectivity through the Hub of the Americas in Panama City.

"We are proud to launch Wingo, which diversifies and expands Copa Holdings' business and operational models, allowing us to better serve a market segment where many opportunities for growth and development still exist", said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Holdings.

Wingo will operate administratively and functionally under Copa Airlines Colombian unit, with completely autonomous structures for its commercialization, distribution systems and customer service.

The "point-to-point" business model, with a simple organizational structure and low operating costs, allows Wingo to offer low prices and convenient payment methods, as well as the option for travelers to personalize their travel experience with the amenities and services they value during their flight.

"In addition to being a low-price business model, Wingo will deliver reliable service and operations, thanks in part to the support it will receive from the Copa family. Furthermore, Copa Holdings' economies of scale and business culture will allow Wingo to control costs better", Heilbron said.  "We are confident this will be a winning formula."  

Catalina M Bretón, who has more than 12 years of experience in strategic planning, corporate and commercial management in the airline industry, will lead Wingo, with the goal of making it a successful and growing venture. Eduardo Lombana, current CEO of Copa Colombia, will oversee operations, administration and finance of both Copa Airlines Colombian unit and Wingo.  

Wingo will begin operations initially with service to 16 cities in 10 countries, including direct flights from Bogota to Cancun, Havana, Aruba, Punta Cana, Mexico City, San Andres, Panama City, Quito and Cartagena, among others. Most of these flights were previously operated under the Copa Colombia business model. A fleet of four Boeing 737-700 aircraft, each with single class seating capacity for 142 passengers, will cover the route network.

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning October 20th via the website Wingo.com or by contacting the call center available at Wingo.com. Tickets may be paid with cash at Surtimax, Éxito and Carulla supermarkets; at Efecty electronic payment stations in Colombia; and at the airports in Bogotá, Panamá and Havana up to four hours before flight departure.

Wingo´s Network: 16 cities in 10 countries

 

Market

Route Round Trip

Weekly Frequencies

 

Domestic

Barranquilla - San Andres - Barranquilla

3x

 

Bogota - San Andres - Bogota

3x

 

Cali - San Andres - Cali

5x

 

Cartagena - San Andres - Cartagena

5x

 

Bogota - Cartagena - Bogota

7x

23x

International

Bogota - Aruba - Bogota

2x

 

Bogota - Panama Pacifico - Bogota

6x

 

Cali - Panama Pacifico - Cali

2x

 

Medellin - Panama Pacifico - Medellin

4x

 

Panama Pacifico - San Jose - Panama Pacifico

5x

 

Bogota - Caracas - Bogota

7x

 

Bogota - Cancun - Bogota

5x

 

Bogota - Havana - Bogota

3x

 

Bogota - Mexico - Bogota

4x

 

Bogota - Punta Cana - Bogota

2x

 

Bogota - Quito - Bogota

4x

 

San Jose - Guatemala - San Jose

3x

47x

       
   

Total

70x

For more information, visit Wingo.com.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/copa-holdings-expands-travel-options-with-launch-of-wingo-in-colombia-300347991.html

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Low cost carrier’s first Panama landing

Posted on December 1, 2016 in Panama

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WINGO, Panama’s  latest addition to the  low cost airline  business landed it’s first flight  arPanama Pacifico Airport  at the former US Howard  military base on Thursday December 1.

Wingo,  is owned by Copa Holdings, owner of Copa Airlines

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The company, which has its headquarters In Colombia, began its flights  on Thursday, , although ticket sales began three weeks ago.

The airline recorded sales in excess of $3 million in the first 10 days of opening their bookings website.

The airline will operate five domestic routes in Colombia and 12 international flights, among which are Panama, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Ecuador.

Wingo will have a fleet of four aircraft and its parent company invested little more than $6 million dollars to start the operation.

Wingo is Copa Holdings’ response to other Low cost airlines such as AirPanama and VivaColombia that also offer flights to and from and Panama at lower prices than regular  commercial airlines.

A Wingo spokesperson said that on average they receive from Panama some 31 609 weekly visits to the website.

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/low-cost-carriers-first-panama-landing

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Not much good for us living in Chiriqui. Maybe they will start a connection from David to Panama Pacifico International Airport.

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A number of folks I know have taken advantage of low fares and flown with Viva Colombia out of Howard. They just take a bus or cab from Albrook.

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Methinks the title of this article should read: "Wingo Cartagena Bonus". :S

 

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Wingo Categena bouns

Posted on January 20, 2017 in Panama

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LESS THAN two weeks after Air Panama announced that it has been granted permits to fly fly to Cali and Cartagena, Colombia.  Wingo, the new low cost airline venture of Copa Holdings  announced the opening of a new route from the Panama Pacifico airport in Panama City to the historic Cartagena.

http://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/panama-2/wingo-categena-bouns

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The inaugural Wingo flight from Cartagena arrived at Aeropuerto Panama Pacifico the other day.

 

Edited by Keith Woolford

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Wingo abandons Panama-Costa Rica route

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WINGO, the low-cost subsidiary of Copa  Airlines has faced some turbulent balance sheet conditions despite recording sales of $90 million s in its first year, and faced with strong competition from Air Panama, has pulled the plug on its  Costa Rica-Panama route due to the poor results.

The company had previously abandoned the Costa Rica-Guatemala route due to low demand.

Catalina Bretón, general manager of the company with her

base in Colombia noted that not all routes have the same acceptance and it was decided to leave that market, leaving sister company Copa Airlines to meet the demand.

“There are other routes that have had a greater acceptance, such as flights to Colombia, where We fly daily to some cities, and we have increased flights to others, “she told La Prensa

In Costa Rica, Wingo competed with Air Panama, which this year added an additional frequency from the Costa Rican capital to Bocas del Toro, with a stop in the province of Chiriqui.

Bretón said that in a few months they have achieved profit, but still the balance sheet is negative.

Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines, said during a conference on the quarterly results of the company, it will take time before Wingo is profitable, adding that the company represented 2% of Copa Holdings,  revenues Holdings, which between July and September generated $657 million.

During the conference call with Wall Street financial analysts, Heilbron commented that have managed to reduce the operational losses of Copa Colombia, the former AeroRepublic, company that served as a base to put together the operations of Wingo, carrying 787,000 passengers in their first year.

Breton, said that the company has a rate of 99.8% of flights completed f and a punctuality of 89.9%.

With a fleet of 4 aircraft with a capacity of 142 passengers, Wingo offers flights on 16 routes in 8 countries, with flights between Panama and Colombia (Bogotá, Cartagena, Cali and Medellín) registering the biggest movement of passengers.

On flights to Colombia, the company competes with Viva Colombia, with whom it shares space in the Panama Pacifico terminal, Howard’s former military base and also with Air Panama, which is based in the Marcos A. Gelabert terminal in Albrook.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/business/latin-america-2/wingo-abandons-panama-costa-rica-route

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More cheap flights to Cartagena

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WINGO, Copa Airlines low-cost subsidiary has doubled the number of flights between Panama and Cartagena,  a Unesco World Heritage site, going from two weekly flights to four that will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

With this increase in its operations, Wingo will now have  19 weekly frequencies between Panama and Colombia: flying from the Panamanian capital to the cities of Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Cartagena.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/latin-america-caribbean/cheap-flights-cartagena

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Copa plans low cost Wingo flights for Panama

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Posted 08/06/2019

The low-cost airline Wingo, based in Colombia,  and owned created by Copa Holdings is expanding into the  Panamanian market under the umbrella of a newly created Copa subsidiary.

The company has applied to the  Civil Aviation Authority (AAC) for permits to offer flights to 11 destinations, in five countries, from the Panama Pacifico International Airport,  the former Howard military base.

The flights will be operated under the Wingo brand, which will maintain its current operation in Colombia, where it offers flights to seven countries.

Copa requested AAC authorization to offer flights from Panama Pacifico to Havana, Cuba; Caracas Venezuela; Lima Peru; Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, Pereira, Barranquilla and Santa Marta, in Colombia.

The application also includes a connection to San Jose, Costa Rica.

The request was made to operate seven weekly frequencies, but company spokesmen said they will start with two or four flights per destination.

The public hearing, a requirement demanded by the AAC to grant operating permission for new flights,  scheduled for June 5, was moved to next week because the entity had to look for a larger room to for the many interested in listening to the airline's plans.

Copa's low-cost subsidiary will compete directly with Air Panama for the Colombian market. The calculation is that it is operational in the first quarter of 2020.

"The New Airline will operate towards international destinations, offering low prices, punctuality, and good vibes. Therefore, it will increase Panama's international air connectivity, particularly promoting tourism to the country. Additionally, tourists arriving in Panama Pacifico will have better access to the beaches and various tourist attractions located in western Panama," Copa said.

 The flights will be operated with  Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft.

Hoteliers and tourism operators welcomed the increase of low-cost flights from Panama under but they say indicate that the best thing is for new air groups with economic rates to arrive in the country, which would generate much better prices.

With the expansion, Copa takes the space left by Viva Colombia in May 2018, which left the Panamanian market under the argument that the increase in the exit tax applied by Tocumen SA . to flights in Panama Pacifico, affected passenger loads.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/copa-plans-low-cost-wingo-flights-for-panama-1

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New Wingo flights to Havana in November

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Posted 17/07/2019

Low-cost airline, Wingo,  will open a new route from Panama to Havana, Cuba, in November as part of its expansion plan.

Panama Pacifico International Airport and the José Martí International Airport will be connected from  Saturday, November 2, with to  weekly flights, departing from Panama Pacifico at 12:53 pm and arriving in Havana at 3:28 pm; flights from the island depart at 4:28 p.m. and arrive in Panama City at 7:18 p.m.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/new-wingo-flights-to-havana-in-november

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