Colombia, a benchmark in the recovery of international air traffic
In April, the growth in air frequencies was 4%, when compared to the pre-pandemic
One of the most important priorities for tourism has been the recovery of the country's air connectivity, this being a fundamental activity for economic normalization.
“The investment in airport infrastructure, the adaptation of destinations, commercial agreements with airlines and the international promotion of Colombia have been actions to make this possible. To this are added spaces such as the ANATO Tourist Showcase in which the different airlines can learn about the opportunities that the country has to implement new routes or reinforce frequencies”, explained Paula Cortés Calle, executive president of ANATO.
According to the most recent IATA report, passenger traffic on international flights in the world was reactivated in February by 40%. However, this contrasts with the figures reported by the Civil Aeronautics that revealed the movement of 909,646 passengers and that, according to ANATO calculations, reached a reactivation of 87%, which demonstrates the good work carried out by the sector for the recovery of the air market. international.
From the Association, it is expected that, during the following months, this recovery will even exceed 2019 figures, taking into account that, in April, according to ANATO, based on figures from Procolombia, the growth in air frequencies has been 4% , when compared to the pre-pandemic, where the routes with the highest number of additional frequencies are: Medellín-Cancún and Cali-Miami, with 14 new frequencies; Medellín-Mexico City, with 13; and Cartagena-New York, Medellín-Miami and Bogotá-Cancún, with 10.
Some new routes that have started operating in 2022 are: Medellín-Punta Cana with 14 frequencies; Cali-New York, with 11; and Cali-Cancún, Barranquilla-Fort Lauderdale and Bogotá-Newark, with 7.
“We are increasingly connected to the world. The interest of the airlines to enter our country, or to strengthen their current offer, shows the potential that airlines see from abroad to reach our regions. We must continue working to prepare the tourist destinations of our country and make more airlines want to include Colombia in their operations, and in this way boost the portfolios of products and ser