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Tuesday, 21 July 2009 00:00
Aero República announced the initiation of two new flights: Cartagena - Caracas - Cartagena and Barranquilla - Panamá - Barranquilla as another important step in its process of internationalization and commitment to the economic development of the regions of Colombia.
In the spirit of positioning Colombia as a world class tourist destination, Proexport’s Vice Presidency for Tourism backs the new flight frequencies developed by airlines in the promoted Colombian tourist destinations.
Beginning July 1, 2009, Proexport’s Vice Presidency for Tourism and Aero República set in motion their new alliance to increase tourism by means of the Cartagena-Caracas-Cartagena route, with three direct flights per week. Aero República is the only Colombian airline to fly non-stop between these two cities.
The new flights leave Cartagena at 9:39 pm and arrive at the Caracas airport at 11:57 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Return trips take off from Caracas at 6:12 am and land in Cartagena at 7:37 am every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
It is worth adding that Venezuela is the second country in number of tourists to Colombia, with 20.8% of the total of foreign visitors. During the January – April 2009 period, Colombia recorded the arrival of 79,736 Venezuelans, an 18.6% increase from the same period in the previous year, during which 67,210 people arrived from the neighboring country.
Flights will leave Barranquilla at 7:32 am and land in Panama City at 8:47, three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Return flights will take off from Tocumen Airport in Panama City at 8:13 pm and land in Barranquilla at 9:28 pm every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
The Barranquilla – Panamá – Baranquilla route will operate beginning August 7, 2009.
“One of the advantages of the new frequency is that it will allow our clients the possibility of flying to Panama from the city of Barranquilla in the morning as well as in the afternoon; it also strengthens us as the first direct option to cover that route early in the day”, stated Roberto Junguito Pombo, President of Aero República.
Junguito Pombo added that with this new Barranquilla – Panama flight frequency, Aero República seeks to offer the corporate and tourist markets the possibility of widening the options for international connections thanks to the alliance with Copa Airlines.
The new flight schedule will offer easier and more convenient connections to important North American cities such as Orlando, Miami, Nueva York, Los Angeles; attractive tourist centers like Aruba, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, and Havana; outstanding Latin American destinations like Sao Paulo, Lima, Quito, and Guayaquil; and Central American destinations such Mexico City, San José, and Guatemala, among many others.
Aero República, Colombia’s second national airline, covers twelve national destinations in the country’s main cities and the Caracas and Panama international destinations.
Since early 2005, Aero República maintains a strategic alliance with Copa Airlines that covers 45 destinations in 24 countries in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean through the Hub of the Americas, in Panama.
The airline was born sixteen years ago and has been evolving and growing since. At present, it operates 22 routes and an average of 100 flights a day. In December 2006, Aero República began to renovate its fleet with the arrival of its first Embraer 190 airplanes directly from the factory in Brazil. The airplanes embody a modern design and the latest in technology.
Today, Aero República is the airline with the youngest and most modern fleet in the country and has consolidated its leadership among Colombian airlines with punctuality and quality service. Other Aero República innovations include the pioneering of electronic tickets and participation in the OnePass®, the world’s leading frequent flyer program.
For additional information on Aero República, please visit www.aerorepublica.com or call 320 90 90 in Bogotá or 01 8000 11 26 00 in the rest of the country.