Colombia increases air connectivity


6th January 2019

Air routes reaching the Andean nation from abroad tripled over the last two years. Seventeen new international routes began operation only in 2018, the same number as in 2016 and 2017 combined.
Colombia is en route to expanding its tourism industry.
Thanks largely to improvements in security, the country is attracting more and more foreign visitors.
According to the UN’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the number of foreign tourists that visited the South American nation exceeded 4 million in 2017, 21 percent more than the previous year.
More than two million visitors entered the country in the first seven months of 2018, almost the same number as in 2010 (2.6 million), according to data from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia.
The new administration of Ivan Duque aims to add 6 million more foreign tourists in 2019-22. Not only to Bogotá, the capital, but also to other destinations.
To this end, the new minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, José Manuel Restrepo, recently said that “the airline industry is a key ally for Colombia to have a world-class tourism industry.”
Air connectivity grows
ProColombia, the government entity that promotes foreign investment and tourism, says that Colombia currently has 127 international routes, distributed in 1,091 direct flight frequencies per week, served by 25 airlines.
Indeed, routes are diversifying. Of 17 opened in 2018, 10 fly to destinations other than Bogotá, including Cartagena, Cali, …

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