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26-Feb-2020 8:35 PM Cerda reaffirms support for El Dorado expansion IATA said regional connectivity would be affected if Colombia’s capital had two airports. Expanding Bogota’s El Dorado airport would be a better economic option than building a second hub, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said. Reaffirming its position on plans to build a second airport which would handle some of the commercial passenger and cargo traffic, IATA said connectivity in the region would be affected if the Colombian capital had two airports. In a statement, IATA said: “The discussion about building a second airport has recently reopened. However, relocating part of civil aviation operations would be detrimental to El Dorado's competitiveness with respect to other key airports in the region." Peter Cerda, IATA Regional Vice President for the Americas, said increasing the size of the main hub at El Dorado is the most suitable option to meet the predicted growing demand of the next two decades. “As the country’s—and one of the region’s—main connecting airport, El Dorado, plays a crucial role in providing the necessary connectivity,” said Cerda. IATA analysis shows that at present, aviation contributes almost $7.5 billion to Colombia’s GDP. With the right economic conditions for air transport, it says that figure could rise to at least $12.5 billion by 2037. “In order for Colombia to fully reap the socio-economic benefits which aviation can provide to the country and its people, it is essential that its main hub airport El Dorado in Bogota be expanded to handle the predicted demand in the coming 20 years,” added Cerda. IATA said that the expansion of El Dorado could be facilitated by moving non-commercial air traffic that relies on the hub to an alternate location while work takes place. That move would allow for an “enlarging of existing passenger and cargo facilities” as well as “improving the airport’s operational stability”. An additional terminal and runway could possibly be built at the current site, it added. https://centreforaviation.com/members/direct-news/cerda-reaffirms-support-for-el-dorado-expansion-515170
January 21, 2020 Avianca Holdings CEO Anko van der Werff, via his personal LinkedIn account, announced (17-Jan-2020) Avianca‘s strategic decision to adjust its route network seeks to benefit its passengers and offer them better options to connect with the world. Mr van der Werff stated: “We have advanced a series of efforts that may be that will allow Bogotá to become the most important hub for air connections in the region, taking into account its favourable geographical location, availability of personnel and resources, as well as the confidence that the company has in the air development of the city and the country”. He added that Avianca will continue to use San Salvador Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport as Avianca‘s regional hub in Central America to efficiently connect with the north and south of the continent. The carrier plans to increase Bogota frequencies to the US and Brazil effective 29-Mar-2020. https://blueswandaily.com/avianca-ceo-bogota-to-become-the-most-important-hub-for-air-connections-in-latin-america/
Air China to launch service to Bogota in 2020: report August 5, 2019 Air China reportedly plans to launch service to Bogota from Shanghai or Beijing in 2020 (Reportur, 04-Aug-2019). Colombia Aerocivil DG Juan Carlos Salazar confirmed President Ivan Duque held discussions with the Chinese government and private companies on establishing direct Colombia–China connectivity, with the aim of launching services next year. https://blueswandaily.com/air-china-to-launch-service-to-bogota-in-2020-report/