Colombia recovered nearly 47% of its international air connectivity, seven percentage points more than the country’s target for 2020, making it the third country in Latin America after Mexico and Ecuador that has made the most progress towards the normalization of these services.
The result is the result of the reactivation of 48.6% of available seats, as well as 46.6% of frequencies, according to calculations by the state agency ProColombia and studies by OAG, the latter provider of digital aeronautical information for the air transport sector.
Colombia closed 2020 connected with 24 countries through 21 airlines, figures that exceed the goal set by ProColombia in 2020 to recover 40% of the air capacity it had before the pandemic, EFE reported.
“Today we can say that we have regained the confidence of international travelers thanks to active work with all the actors in the tourism chain, the private sector and the national government,” said the president of ProColombia, Flavia Santoro.
The executive indicated that ProColombia’s goal for 2021 is to increase by 18% the weekly international frequencies in December 2020 and to increase the number of weekly seats by 12% compared to those registered at the end of last year.
The good results of the recovery of air connectivity continue for this year, thanks to recent announcements of new connection lines with Mexico and the United States, which add up to 10 new routes that will start operating in the first half of the year.
In the case of Mexico, two Mexican airlines are in the process of applying to land on Colombian runways.
Volaris and VivaAerobus are awaiting approval from the Colombian Civil Aeronautics Authority to define arrival dates from Mexico City and Cancun to Bogota and Medellin for the former, and from Mexico City to Bogota for the latter.
Volaris is also requesting permits from San José, Costa Rica to Bogotá and Medellín.
In addition, Viva Air announced new routes from Medellin to Mexico City, Cancun and Orlando starting in June of this year, as well as from Bogota to Mexico City.
In addition to this announcement, American Airlines announced the opening of three new routes from New York (JFK) to Bogotá, Cali and Medellín as of May 6, and JetBlue’s new route from New York (JFK) to Bogotá started operations on February 10, and its new announcement, Newark-Cartagena starting on July 1.