Three new air routes awarded in Colombia

Three new air routes awarded in Colombia

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism awarded the three routes that were pending, of the total of ten that had been established in the FNTP-224-2021 Project for the “Promotion of New Destinations and/or National Routes”.

(The first seven new air routes in Colombia are listed).

Within this second phase, and after confirming compliance with the requirements set out in the call, the following routes were chosen:

Pacific Aviation: Medellin – Capurgana

Live Air: Armenia – Cartagena and Armenia – San Andres

“With these three new routes, the connectivity of tourist regions is strengthened through air connections and an increase in the flow of national and foreign visitors is encouraged,” indicated the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

With this award, the entity intends to promote the visibility of the natural, cultural, gastronomic, patrimonial and architectural wealth of the destinations with great tourist potential that exist in the country.

(Colombia will have new air routes to reactivate tourism).

The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, María Ximena Lombana, highlighted that “This is a significant achievement for Colombia, because it supports the safe economic reactivation and sustained growth in the country. With these actions we seek to increase tourism, the development of the regions and increase the benefits for citizens”.

Four proposals were submitted to this second phase of the process. The Vice Ministry of Tourism, when consulting with the Special Administrative Unit of Civil Aeronautics (UAEAC) on the operability of the airports, managed to identify that the Necoclí airport does not meet the minimum requirements for the continuous operation of a commercial route before June of this year, which is why the Medellín – Necoclí route, proposed by the airline Pacifica de Aviación, could not be included among the beneficiaries.

(The new international airlines that will take off in El Dorado).

“With this announcement, the Project routes are complete, which are added to the seven that were already awarded: Bucaramanga – Cali; Cali-Riohacha; Bogota – Tolu; Medellin – La Macarena; Barranquilla – Valledupar; Pereira – Villavicencio and Cali – Montería. Without a doubt, this greater air offer will allow an effective integral articulation with all the tourism agents in the departments, to achieve joint objectives”, stated the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ricardo Galindo Bueno.

Between January and February of this year, air traffic for regular national and international flights increased by 112.9% compared to 2021 and 1.1% compared to 2020.

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