QUITO – This Friday, the first flight of the Avianca airline flights arrived at the Quito International Airport from Bogota, once the Government of Colombia lifted the restrictions on international passenger flights in that country.
The Quito-Bogota route is one of the most important in the region for both business and tourism flights and has historically been one of the most demanded international connections by passengers at Quito’s airport. In 2019, 17% of the total passengers on international flights registered in Quito traveled on this route.
According to the information shared by Avianca, between 2018 and 2019, the airline evidenced a 20% growth in sales while the load factor for 2019 reached 82%. Avianca resumes its operation with 3 weekly flights between Bogota and Quito. As of October 15 they will be increased to 4 weekly operations and for the 30th of the same month a daily flight will be offered.
“Resuming operations on the Quito-Bogota route is very important for us since, through our main hub, we connect our passengers with dozens of destinations in the Americas and Europe. It is also the gateway to destinations within Colombia where many passengers travel for tourism, work or family visits. Although the resumption will be gradual in line with the existing demand, today we are reconnecting families, businesses, and dreams with strict security protocols at all stages of the flight”, commented Juan Francisco Ortiz, Avianca Airport Manager in Ecuador.
Meanwhile, Carlos Criado, Director of Business Development at Corporacion Quiport, the company in charge of the management and operation of the Quito airport, highlighted the importance of connectivity with Bogota. “We cannot speak of a recovery in air transport without the Quito-Bogota route. The historical ties between Colombia and Ecuador have generated a very important dynamic at all levels that is evident in tourism and business, without forgetting the large number of Colombians who live in our country and Ecuadorians who reside in Colombia. Avianca is one of our main allies and we wish it success in its operation”, said the executive.
Requirements to travel to Colombia
The Government of Colombia has issued an entry protocol that must be followed by all travelers.
- Presentation of a negative PCR result for coronavirus carried out up to 96 hours before the trip.
- Migration control process through the Check-Mig application on the Colombian Migration website, completed within 24 hours and up to one hour before the flight.
- Download the Coronapp application, created by the Government of Colombia, which allows citizens to report their health status prior to the flight and during the 14 days after it.