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Ultra Air: An Airline Startup is Born in Colombia

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Colombian Aviation


Colombia currently has six major airlines. The first is Avianca (AV), the flag carrier of Colombia since December 5, 1919, when it was initially registered under the name SCADTA. AV is followed by LATAM Colombia. VH Colombia is the third most important. There are also three small regional airlines: EasyFly (VE), SATENA (9R), and Wingo (P5).

As mentioned in Simpleflying, Colombia has had a 79.8% decrease in passenger traffic on a year-to-year basis. In September, Colombian airlines began to recover after being grounded for five months. Between August and September, Aerocivil registered a 15 fold increase in passengers.


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MIAMI – Colombia will soon have a new airline, Ultra Air SAS. Colombia’s aviation regulator has released a document with plans for the low-cost carrier.

The person behind the Ultra Air launch is William Shaw, an entrepreneur famous for being one of the founding fathers of low-cost carrier Viva Air (VH). Shaw was also the CEO of both FlyCana in the Dominican Republic and board member of Green Africa Airways (Q9).

Shaw was later the CEO of the Mexican company Interjet (4O), accepting the position in January 2019 and ousted in May/June 2020.

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Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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