ORLANDO, FL. – The busiest airport in Florida just got a little busier with the addition of its 150th nonstop destination. The new Spirit Airlines flight to Medellin, Colombia opens an exciting new unserved market for Orlando International Airport (MCO) and a new way home for one local traveler who has made it part of her professional and personal mission to bring this service to MCO.
Vicki Jaramillo, the Senior Director of Marketing and Air Service Development for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has been working along with airport leadership for over two decades to secure an airline to provide air service connecting the two destinations. This mission and route for her is personal, her parents are from Medellin and she has a large extended family there.
"I am personally thankful that Spirit is launching service to popular destinations in Colombia, including Medellin, where my family is from and where I spent a good part of my childhood," says Vicki Jaramillo, Senior Director of Marketing and Air Service Development for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. "We have many great nonstop destinations, and as we mark this milestone for Orlando International, we reflect on the progress that has been made over the years and look forward to more growth and opportunities in the future."
"Spirit Airlines and Orlando International Airport have a long positive history, and we are so happy that we could expand there with such great partners," said Bob Fornaro, Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Airlines. "We would like to congratulate the Greater Orlando Airport Authority on this 150th destination milestone. I am so glad it is our newest route to Medellin, Colombia that could create the occasion."
Spirit's Medellin service will fly from Orlando International 2-days a week. Spirit now flies to 38 non-stop destinations from MCO with 49 daily flights.
Basic MCO information:
Ranked by J.D. Power "Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Mega Airports" in 2017 & 2018. With 46.3 million annual passengers, MCO is the busiest airport in Florida and 11th busiest in the U.S. MCO has 21,000 badged employees and generates $31 billion in revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through an airport-wide design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.