The Colombian takeoff
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18th August 2014

Since the opening of its new terminal in 2012, Bogota’s El Dorado international airport has become one of the fastest growing airports in Latin America.
By Santiago Gutiérrez
São Paulo’s Guarulhos is, without a doubt, the largest passenger airport in Latin America. Last year it saw the arrival of 36.2 million passengers, 9% more than in 2012 – this even before the massive passenger movement that came with the World Cup. Benito Juarez, the international airport of Mexico City, followed with 31.5 million passengers, an increase of almost 7%. Third on the list is Bogota’s El Dorado, which saw 25 million passengers pass through. While 30% less than its Sao Paulo counterpart showed a surprising traffic increase of some 14% – one of the largest among the largest airport region.
El Dorado is also the largest cargo airport in Latin America. In 2013 it moved 17% more tonnage than the super terminal at Guarulhos.
The case of El Dorado is not singular: it is part of a large increase in air traffic in Colombia overall. As seen in the table, in 2013 the number of passengers at Colombian airports all saw impressive growth: Medellin’s José María Córdoba Airport saw arrivals up 31%; Cali’s Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport up 22%; Cartagena’s Rafael Núñez up 21%; and Barranquilla’s Ernesto Cortissoz up 20%. According to Andrés Ortega Resz, manager of Opain, the concessionaire of Bogota’s airport terminal: “The country is doing well, so as more and more people advance …

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