Bogotá-based airline Avianca completed the first flight on its new daily route between the Colombian capital and Montevideo today.
After departing El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá last night, the aircraft arrived in the capital of Uruguay at 6:50 am, where it was met at Carrasco International Airport with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that featured high-ranking public and aviation officials.
Among those in attendance were Víctor Rossi, Uruguay’s minister of transport; Liliam Kechichián, Uruguay’s minister of tourism; Diego Arrosa, general manager of Carrasco International Airport; and Silvia Mosquera, vice president of sales, marketing, and income of Avianca.
During the flight, passengers on the 120-seat aircraft were also greeted to the rhythm of the famous tango “La Cumparsita” to add some local flavor to the maiden trip.
Avianca first announced its new route to Uruguay in February. While the number of Colombians traveling to the small South American nation has been meager in the past, the figures are growing, said Kechichián at the time. “They are few, but we have been growing,” she said in February. “We have boosted promotion and public relations that are doing a good job in Colombia.”
She added that this represents further progress on the Atlantic coastal nation’s push to better connect its citizens with countries on the other side of Latin America, including Colombia, Peru, and Mexico. Bringing in more people from this “zone of the Pacific” continues to be a focus area for the ministry.
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