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Ultra Air Update

Ultra Air is a proposed airline and is in early stages of startup. More information about the onboard experience, including class fares, ticket fares and baggage allowance has yet to be announced. Flights are expected to begin in the Summer of 2021.

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Ultra Air might be yet to take-off, but if you are looking for flights within Colombia, Alternative Airlines is the site for you. Colombia currently has over 10 airlines operating domestic flights, all of which you can book using the search bar at the top of the page. For more information, check out our list of alternative airlines below, or take a look at our guide to domestic flights within Colombia, which includes an airline guide and FAQs.

About Ultra Air

In November 2020, Aeronáutica Civil (which is Colombia’s aviation regulator) announced the launch of a new low-cost carrier in the country — Ultra Air S.A.S. Aeronáutica Civil also stated that the carrier will have a hub in Rionegro Antioquia, a small city in the Colombian Andes.

Ultra Air is being launched by William Shaw, a famous businessman in Colombia who has extensive experience in aviation, including being one of the founders of the Colombian ultra-low-cost carrier Viva Air, a former CEO of Flycana in the Dominican Republic, a former member of the board at Green Africa Airways, as well as CEO of Mexican carrier Interjet.


Domestic Destinations

Ultra Air has requested permission to operate 29 domestic routes and 15 international routes, although this has yet to be authorized by Aeronáutica Civil. The following is the domestic cities that the airline hopes to fly to:

  • Bogotá
  • Medellín
  • Santa Marta
  • Cartagena
  • Santa Marta
  • San Andrés
  • Barranquilla

International Destinations

The airline hopes to fly to the following international destinations within South America:

  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Cancún, Mexico
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Lima, Peru
  • Willemstad, Curazao

The airline has also requested to fly to one destination in the United States:

  • Miami, Florida
  • New York

Baggage Allowance

Carry-On Baggage

As the airline is in an early stage of startup, it has yet to announce what the baggage allowance will be for passengers.

Checked Baggage

Unfortunately, this information has yet to be announced.

Check-In Information

Check-In Online

It is not yet known whether online check-in is available.

Airport Check-In

The airline has yet to publish an announcement regarding recommended check-in times. However, in most instances it is recommended that passengers arrive as early as possible, usually about 2 hours before scheduled departure.

Class Fares

The airline has yet to make an announcement regarding what cabin classes (Economy, Premium, or Business, for example) will be available, as well as what the onboard experience will be like.


It has been stated that Ultra Air will have a fleet of Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 MAX 8. This will make the airline the first carrier to operate the Boeing 737 MAX 8 within the region.

Top Tip: Take a look at our guide to the Boeing 737 MAX 8 to find out more information about the aircraft.

Hub Airport

José María Córdova International Airport

The airline will be based in the city of Rionegro Antioquia, located in the subregion of Eastern Antioquia. The city is home to a large international airport (José María Córdova International Airport), which is likely to be the airport that Ultra Air will be based at. José María Córdova International Airport (IATA: MDE) is the second largest airport in Colombia and a primary hub for Viva Colombia. Other airlines to fly to the airport include: Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Albatros Airlines, Spirit Airlines, LATAM, and Avianca.

Alternative Airlines

The following airlines operates both domestic flights within Colombia as well as international flights to the country:

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