This Low-Cost Airline Brought New Life to International Travel During the Pandemic

Viva Air's CEO on how the small, adaptable carrier thrived amid a troubled travel industry

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For almost two years, air travel of any sort has been a hard sell. In Medellin, Colombia, however, Viva Air is making it look easy.

Developed by Irelandia Aviation, the company behind low-cost Irish carrier RyanAir, the former VivaColombia was responsible for just 15% of all flights in Colombia before 2020. Once Covid-19 arrived, it put 75% of its employees on unpaid leave. It also cut management, pilot and staff pay by 30% to 50%. 

The airline hedged on fuel prices.



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