Published on : Sunday, March 5, 2017
Thanks to the new daily flight to Uruguay from Colombia, the number of Colombian tourists visiting the Southern Cone country could rise by up to 40 percent at around 30,000. The new daily flight will be operated by Avianca May 15, Uruguayan Deputy Tourism Minister Benjamin Liberoff said Thursday.
Avianca plans to use Airbus 319s on the new route with a capacity of 120 passengers and fares of about $530.
“The flight is already on sale on the screens and based on what they told me, it’s selling well,” Liberoff said during a presentation at the Transportation and Public Works Ministry.
Bogota can serve as a hub, drawing travellers from other parts of the Americas to Uruguay, Liberoff said.
Transportation and Public Works Minister Victor Rossi, for his part, said the new airline route provided the possibility for direct links to North America, northern South America and the Pacific region “that we needed to strengthen Uruguay’s connectivity to all of the Americas.”
Avianca executive Carla Calvete, who is in charge of the carrier’s operations in Uruguay, said the daily Bogota-Montevideo flights were ideal for business meetings.
“You leave Uruguay at 7:57 in the morning Uruguayan time (1057 GMT) and arrive in Bogota at 12:45 local time (1745 GMT), allowing for good connections in the midday time block for both domestic and international connections,” Calvete said.
“From Bogota, you leave at 22:20 Colombian time (0320 GMT) and return at 7:01 in the morning to Montevideo (1001 GMT), you can go and return in one day for business connections,” the Avianca executive said.