Next Monday, September 21, Colombia will begin the gradual reactivation of international flights. The return of these air operations occurs after the Ministry of Health issued a favorable opinion for the suspension of the restriction of entry of international travelers to Colombia, based on the current state of the pandemic.
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“The entire sector is committed to complying with the biosafety protocols defined so that this operation is carried out safely, as the way forward is to reactivate,” said Angela María Orozco, Minister of Transport.
#ElDoradoInforma I🛫 With all the commitment we received the news of the reactivation of international flights in @BOG_ELDORADO as of September 21. The authorized destinations are 🇺🇸EEUU, 🇲🇽Mexico, 🇩🇴Dominican Republic, 🇧🇷Brazil, 🇪🇨 Ecuador, 🇧🇴Bolivia and 🇬🇹Guatemala. pic.twitter.com/28hRwG1ltx
– El Dorado Airport (@BOG_ELDORADO) September 16, 2020
Likewise, the Ministry of Transportation indicated that two days before this reopening, there will be two inaugural flights of this new phase of activation of international air transport, which will have the Rafael Núñez airport in Cartagena as their epicenter.
“For that day of Saturday, September 19, the arrival of the first flight of the Spirit company, from Fort Lauderdale, in the United States, is scheduled to arrive at the Rafael Núñez airport in the city of Cartagena at 12:37 pm. The flight, operated by the Colombian company Viva Air, will leave the same terminal bound for Miami at 11:40 am, “he explained.
These two flights are part of the national government’s strategy for the reactivation of international tourism and with the purpose of keeping Colombia in force as a tourist destination.
#ElCaminoEsReactivar | As with the operation of domestic passenger flights, a strict Biosafety Protocol will be applied for the operation of international flights. Passengers entering the country will be required to have a NEGATIVE PCR Covid19 test result. pic.twitter.com/z0LpMokoYw
– Angela María Orozco (@orozco_angela) September 16, 2020
“As countries open and lift their restrictions, new destinations will become possible. Currently, airlines are evaluating possible routes to operate, after the request made on September 9 by Aerocivil to air operators, to present their itineraries for reactivation.“added the entity.
The international air operation will be carried out with three prioritization criteria, first, the identification of those countries where there are openings of international flights, that is, there are activated routes. Second, that there is airport capacity to serve international flights complying with biosecurity protocols, and third, commercial viability, that is, the interest of the airlines to carry out the flights.