The National Government On the verge of completing his mandate, this Friday he handed over to air transport users the works to modernize the Guillermo León Valencia Airport, Popayan, in the department of Cauca, which had a cost of $58,958 million.
These works include the construction of a passenger terminal that went from having 2,842 m2 to 5,500 m2.
“This terminal constitutes one of the greatest goals with which this government closes the work that it developed as a team in airport matters, with all the technical specifications that this type of infrastructure requires to provide better operational and service conditions for users and that responds to the growth projections that in terms of air transport are planned for the department of Cauca, which is expected to mobilize 266 thousand passengers in 2030”, emphasized Ángela María Orozco, Minister of Transport.
Francisco Ospina Ramírez, director (E) of the Civil Aeronautics pointed out that “The project, which seeks to provide better operational conditions, included the intervention of the old platform of 20,000 m2, which gave way to a new structure of 27,000 m2 for aircraft maneuvering, which opens the possibility of the entry of equipment with greater capacity to the transport of passengers and cargo and offer better conditions for the arrival of more operators, as well as the increase of routes that connect the department of Cauca with other destinations”.
In this sense, eleven municipalities of this department: Popayán, its capital, Totoró, Puracé, Sotará, Rosas, Timbío, El Tambo, Cajibío, Piendamó, Silvia and Inzá They will benefit from these new works, since they will provide them with greater connectivity for their economic development through lines as significant as trade and tourism.
At the end of August, the urban planning work will be completed and the electrical connection process that is being carried out with the Western Energy Company will be completed, which will complement the work delivered.
Finally, it is important to mention that, during the first semester of this year, the Popayán airport handled 54,545 passengers, Currently, the capital of Cauca connects with Medellín (two weekly flights) and Bogotá (thirteen weekly flights); the last route, approved during the first half of 2022.