Colombia: More than 30 national airports already have permission to operate.

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Regarding the resumption of international flights from today, the National Government confirmed that 34 airports are already free to operate. The announcement was made after the Civil Aeronautics confirmed yesterday that 18 regional terminals complied with all biosecurity protocols for their local operation, reported La República.

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According to the entity, these are the airports of Valledupar, Aguachica, Barrancabermeja, Neiva, Ibagué, Yopal, Arauca, Florencia, Puerto Carreño, Inírida, Leticia, Villagarzón, Pitalito, Puerto Asís, Quibdó, Carepa, Corozal and Riohacha. These implemented all the measures required by the Ministry of Health, and will now complement the national air network.

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“We found that biosecurity and operational security measures are implemented in these 18 airports in the country. It is a positive balance for the moment when the air operation of domestic flights is restarted, because the way is to reactivate, and with these inspections we see that air transport is a safe way to move around the country,” explained Angela Maria Orozco, Minister of Transport.

With the resumption of flights from these destinations, the Transportation portfolio highlighted that the operation of the 16 concessioned airports that began their work on September 1 will be complemented.

“I want to highlight the commitment of airlines, concessionaires, municipal and departmental authorities, who are working with total dedication to the reactivation of air connectivity,” said Juan Carlos Salazar Gomez, director of Aerocivil.

The official added that work is already underway on the programming of new flights to begin this second gradual phase as of September 21. In fact, on this same day, the way will be clear to not only increase local frequencies, but also international ones.

It is expected that from that day on flights to Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Bolivia will start. Likewise, IATA Colombia has indicated that Chile and Canada, which are in phases of reopening, could be added to these destinations.