Colombia’s second city of Medellin will gain a one-stop connection from the UK this summer.

Spanish carrier Air Europa is to start three flights a week from Madrid on June 1 using 333-seat Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in a two-class configuration.

Connections will be offered via the carrier’s twice daily service between Gatwick and Madrid’s Barajas international airport.

The Medellin route will be the third new Latin American link to be introduced by Air Europa in 2019, following previously announced connections to Panama and Iguazu, Argentina.

The airline will serve 22 South American destinations from its hub at the Spanish capital’s airport.

Air Europa UK director Colin Stewart said: “We’re delighted to announce the launch of this new route, adding a second Colombian destination to our already extensive Latin American network.

“Our modern aircraft fleet, offering exceptional passenger comfort and efficiency, has proved hugely popular with passengers and we’re looking forward to serving more business and leisure travellers through these new routes.”