After three decades servicing Colombia’s small cities from Puente Aereo, the country’s flagship, Avianca, announced last month it would move all its flights to El Dorado, facilitating gates for regional airlines, Satena and Easyfly. Satena, the commercial carrier of Colombia’s Air Force (FAC), will move its entire operations to Puente Aereo, which means, if you have a flight to one of their many destinations, don’t tell the taxi to take you to El Dorado.
Avianca’s decision also makes it easier for connecting passengers on inbound flights to move quicker within the main terminal, instead of having to rely on bus transportation. Inaugurated during the presidency of Julio César Turbay in 1981 as an alternate terminal and “air bridge” for commuter flights to Cali, Medellín and Barranquilla, the Puente Aereo became over-crowded as Avianca began expanding its fleet and destinations.
Last month, the second oldest airline in the world also announced a new European destination starting November 16. With a Boeing 787 “Dreamliner,” the Colombian carrier will fly to Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss International Airport five times a week.
Avianca currently offers a daily flight to Madrid, Barcelona and London. Germany becomes the third European country with a direct connection to the Colombian capital. The Munich bound flight will depart Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, returning from the Bavarian capital on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The national airline of Germany, Lufthansa, currently operates a daily flight to their global hub, Frankfurt.