With a 14% increase in foreigners visiting Colombia in 2014, additional direct international flights to Colombia are coming from Aeromexico and Avianca. On March 2, Aeromexico started direct flights between Medellín and Mexico City and on July 1, Avianca will start direct flights between Bogotá and Los Angeles. The new international flights provide many options for connections to additional cities with both Mexico City and Los Angeles being major connection hubs.
In November last year we looked at flights to Medellín and costs and the new international flights from Aeromexico and Avianca are welcome additions.
Avianca: Bogotá to/from Los Angeles
Starting in July 1, Avianca will be starting direct flights between Bogotá and Los Angeles with four weekly flights using either Airbus A330 or Boeing 787-8 aircraft.
The Avianca flights from Los Angeles to Bogotá are scheduled to depart at 9:45 a.m. and arrive in Bogotá at 7:00 p.m. The flights to Bogotá are scheduled four times each week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The flights from Bogotá to Los Angeles are scheduled to depart at 3:05 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 8:46 p.m. The flights from Bogotá are scheduled four times each week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is a major airport that provides the ability to connect to 87 domestic destinations in the U.S. as well as 69 international destinations in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Oceania.
Starting on March 2, Aeromexico started direct flights between Mexico City and Medellin with four weekly flights using Boeing 737 aircraft with 125 seats. Medellín becomes the second destination Aeromexico services in Colombia after Bogotá and its 15th destination in Latin America.
The Aeromexico flights from Mexico City to Medellín are scheduled to depart at 12:40 a.m. and arrive in Medellín at 5:58 a.m. The flights to Medellín are scheduled four times each week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The flights from Medellín to Mexico City are scheduled to depart at 8:00 a.m. and arrive in Mexico City at 11:41 a.m. The flights from Mexico City are scheduled four times each week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Passengers traveling from Medellin to Mexico City on Aeromexico will be able to connect with the carrier’s 45 domestic destinations in Mexico such as Acapulco, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Cancún, Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana and Villahermosa, among others, plus 16 major cities in the United States, including Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco.
The Mexico City International Airport is a major airport with daily flights from 26 other airlines flying to over 50 international destinations. However, if you change airlines in Mexico City you will likely need to change terminals as Aeromexico uses Terminal 2 and most other airlines in Mexico City use Terminal 1.
The Bottom Line
With the rapid increase in foreign visitors experienced in Colombia in 2014, it is not surprising to see additional international flights to Colombia. With the number of foreign visitors expected to also experience strong growth in 2015, it wouldn’t be surprising to see airlines adding additional direct international flights to Colombia.
Avianca’s direct flight from Bogotá to Los Angeles is a nice addition as there hasn’t been a direct flight from a city in Colombia to the West Coast in the U.S. to my knowledge. I traveled to California on business several times over the past couple years and this new flight will be a more direct route taking less time. Bogotá is only about a 40-minute flight from Medellín with many flights each day, which makes Bogotá an easy connection city.
I also traveled to Mexico several times on business over the past couple years and if Aeromexico’s direct flight between Medellín and Mexico City had existed I would have avoided the time needed to connect in Bogotá. I only wish some other direct flights would come to Medellín – for example, American Airlines flying directly from Medellín to Dallas would be nice as I travel to Dallas fairly frequently and I would like to avoid the need to connect.