Paula Cortés Calle, the president of the Colombian Association of Tourism and Travel Agents (ANATO), announced last week new flights on Colombian air carrier Satena, flying from Bogotá to Armenia, Quindio starting May 25, with travel agencies already selling tour packages that take advantage of the new route to Colombia’s Eje Cafetero—coffee country.
“We have been insistent on the necessity to improve the connectivity throughout the country, and Satena’s announcement is an important step towards ensuring more and more travel options between the different regions of the country,” said Cortés Calle.
She added that the support of the travel agents by offering travel packages is fundamental for promoting the destinations, and they will continue to work with local governments and other entities to improve connectivity; not just in that region but throughout the country.
“ANATO’s Eje Cafetero chapter was part of the committee that managed to bring Satena to the capital of Quindio, with two flights daily and a capacity of 50 passengers each. In the same way we are close to obtaining similar benefits for La Guajira, Chocó, Nariño, and Amazonas, along with others,” said the director.
Colombian international carrier Avianca already flies to Armenia from Bogotá, and regional Aerolineas de Antioquia (ADA) flies to the city from Medellín, while Spirit Airlines has two international flights per week from Fort Lauderdale. For its part, Satena indicated its interest in establishing a route between Medellín and Armenia.
The Qundío department received 8,995 foreign visitors and 365,000 air passengers (national and international) in 2014
Headline Photo Credit of Armenia, Quindío: «Avenida boliar armenia quindio» de Lipex04 – Trabajo propio. Disponible bajo la licencia GFDL vía Wikimedia Commons –