After a committee of inspectors from the Transportation Security Administration visited between September 27 and 29, in which the implementation of civil aviation security standards and appropriate recommended practices in this regard, stipulated in the regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) were evaluated, Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport has begun operations with the United States on the route linking the island to Miami.
The visit, which at that time was attended by Jair Orlando Fajardo Fajardo, Director General of Civil Aeronautics and a team of experts from the entity on the subject, resulted in a positive result that opened the possibility of air contact with the United States. San Andreas, after making some minor adjustments in airport security issues implemented by the Colombian aviation authority.
“This is one of the most important drivers of the island’s economic revitalization and underscores the commitment of the government of President Ivan Duque and the Department of Transportation to provide more and better opportunities for visitors to learn about their cultural roots, the richness of its landscape, and the beauty of its beaches, making San Andrés one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the Caribbean. “said Angela Maria Orozco, Minister of Transport.
For his part, Deputy Minister of Transport Camilo Babon Almanza indicated that: “We are aware that this new route will make a positive impact on the entire San Andres community, as it is the first time in history that an international flight from the United States arrives directly on the island, significantly reducing visitor arrival time.. at Gustavo Rojas Pinilla Airport We are ready to say goodbye to those who enjoy this new opportunity to get to know our country, and especially this beautiful archipelago of which we Colombians are so proud.”
The new line will be operated by American Airlines and will have two frequencies per week, in an Embraer 170-200 LR aircraft, which will allow tourists from the United States to connect directly to San Andreas, and this also opens up the possibility of connecting new points with other places in North America. With this, from civil aviation, we remain committed to revitalizing the air on the island, as it additionally promotes activities no less important than trade, where the islanders find essential support for their economic recovery.”, noted Jair Orlando Fajardo Fajardo, Director General of the Authority.
During this year, the island’s air revitalization was significant, from January to October, 1,892,251 passengers were packed, representing a 95% recovery of the process, compared to the same period in 2019, before the pandemic, when 1, 997,433 passengers. .
The month with the biggest recovery was October, with 252,840 passengers packed, Which showed a 126% recovery, surpassing 200,539 passengers mobilized in the same period in 2019.
These numbers represent a significant progress in the recovery of air transport on the island, affecting other important sectors such as tourism, Gastronomy, commerce, and job creation are central to San Andreas’ economic recovery in the midst of the pandemic and after the strong impact suffered by the passage of Hurricane IOTA the previous year.
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