Colombia, a country that flies
Every year, about 27 million travellers pass through El Dorado, Colombia’s most important airport: whether they come to Bogotà for work or pleasure, the capital of Colombia welcomes thousands of people each day from all over the world. This is a high number, but the revolution that the country is experiencing in recent years suggests even higher projections: in 2021, 40 million passengers are expected.
What is this revolution? Colombia intends to make a connection with the world one of the main tools for developing the country. Through an investment of 2.8 billion pesos, it means to modernize, expand and improve the infrastructures of 39 airports in 19 cities around the country.
The first steps for this great transformation were taken in 2014, when remodelling work finished in El Dorado, making this airport one of the most modern in the South American continent, the first in transporting goods and the third in passenger volume. Its modernisation had such success that in 2015, Skytrax (a quality control organization for airports everywhere) awarded it the prize for best personnel in South America and the third place in the class of the best airports on the continent.
The number of airline companies coming to the country, like TAP from Portugal, KLM from Holland and Air Panama, has increased, and direct flights have resumed that had been cancelled for many years, like the Bogotà-London flight with the Colombian company Avianca and the Santiago (Chile)-Bogotà flight with the LAN company.
Following this burst of changes, an investment of 1.4 billion pesos will allow the construction of the El Dorado II airport that should be done in 2021. With this great work, there will be a focus on increasing the number of operational airports from the current 50 to 90. This project meets the needs of travellers who visit our country in numbers that are increasing much faster than those in the rest of the world: while the average growth is between 2% and 4%, in Colombia it is higher than 18%.
Faced with this rapid growth, we want to advance the rest of the country just like Bogotà. For this reason, there will be investments in the Barranquilla, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Corozal, Sucre and Montería airports, destinations on the Colombia Caribbean Sea, and the changes affect the Pacific coast, too: for each capital of the regions that face the ocean – Valle del Cauca, Cauca, Chocó and Nariño – the airports will be repaved and runways, platforms and terminals will be widened. The same goes for the Amazonia areas and the Orinoco River.
Colombia counts 13 international airports, and it is working to certify the terminals in Cúcuta, Bucaramanga, Santa Marta, San Andrés, Pereira and Armenia. It is an exciting process that will link the centre and all the compass points in Colombia to the rest of the world.