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Connecting Colombia to the world

Article - April 30, 2012
Money is being poured into the modernization of airports in order to provide airlines with better infrastructure to service passengers in a more efficient way
Like other fast emerging markets such as Indonesia, Mexico or Vietnam, Colombia’s “fly in the ointment” is infrastructure. Therefore, President Juan Manuel Santos has called the private sector, international investors and local governments to join efforts in order to modernize and build a competitive national infrastructure that will help maximize the benefits of the recently ratified FTA with the U.S. Millions of dollars are poured into the development of infrastructure, and a new public-private partnership (PPP) scheme has been presented by this administration.

Colombia’s airports are a clear example of how the country is taking a quantum leap in order to take advantage of its great geographic location. For instance, Bogotá’s El Dorado (ww.elnuevodorado.com/opain.html) is the largest Latin American airport in terms of cargo and the fifth in terms of passengers.

“Bogotá is Colombia’s business center and we want to place it internationally within the five future cities and business centers of Latin America” argues Adriana Suarez, Executive Director of Invest in Bogotá, the investment promotion agency of Colombia’s
capital city.

Operated by Opain, El Dorado is currently going through a major facelift and it is expected to increase its size up to 150,000 square meters. The project should be finished by summer of 2014. The modernization of several airports will help increase the connectivity between Colombia’s cities.

Air transportation is becoming more important as the volume of internal trade and travel is increasing daily. As the country gains a more prominent space in this new international world order, the number of business travelers coming to Colombia increases on a daily basis. There is a mix of American, Colombian and Latin American airlines that connect Colombia with the U.S. The number of flights between Miami and Colombia is a clear example of the tight relationship between the two.

José María Giraldo, Director General of American Airlines (AA) in Colombia, is quite confident with the level of competitiveness reached in the airline industry in Colombia. AA currently flies daily from Medellín, Cali, Bogotá and Barranquilla to Miami and it also has non-stop flights from Bogotá to New York City. Last year LAN Airlines shook the market with the purchase of Aires Airlines. This strategic move gave one of Latin America’s largest airline companies the possibility of increasing its market share in Colombia. Following the world trend of low-cost flights, Easy Fly was launched by one Alfonso Ávila. His innovative views have revolutionized the industry and he promises that his service will connect cities directly without having to do a layover in Bogotá.

  2 COMMENTS



Pedro Rojo
11/09/2013  |  19:09
100% of 1

pa volar a Colombia.. siempre LAN, son los mejoress!!

GB
02/10/2013  |  23:46
100% of 1

Está claro que vivimos en mundos distintos, siempre mejor AVIANCA