For this first time since 2017, an avianca flight has taken off from Bogota El Dorado International Airport (BOG) in Colombia and safely landed at Caracas International Airport (CCS) in Venezuela.
The Airbus A320 took to the air on February 1, 2024, shortly before 12.15 pm local time, arriving at its destination around ninety minutes later.
Avianca, the Colombian flag-carrier, pulled out the red carpet for passengers traveling on the special flight and a celebratory atmosphere reigned within the aircraft cabin.
Avianca operated a service from Bogota to Caracas for 60 years, until it was cancelled in 2017 amid political tensions.
🥳 ¡Volvimos por todo lo alto a #Caracas! Contágiate de la alegría de su gente y aprovecha los 1.400 asientos semanales que te llevarán a vivir lo mejor de estas dos culturas. ✈️— avianca (@avianca) February 1, 2024
“Thanks to the work of the avianca team, today we fly again between Bogotá and Caracas to continue strengthening air connectivity between the two countries, while making a robust network of destinations available to customers in Venezuela, through our operation. in Bogota,” said Carolina Cortés, vice president of Corporate Communications at avianca.
Cortés added: “We will continue working with the authorities and all industry players to make this route a success and continue strengthening connectivity,” said Carolina Cortés, vice president of Corporate Communications at avianca.
In recent times relations between the Colombian and Venezuelan governments have been fractious, but this animosity between the two countries has slowly softened since 2022.
Trade between the two countries has begun to flow again and the relationship between the Colombian and Venezuelan leaders has thawed.
There will be four weekly flights between BOG and CCS operated on Airbus A320ceo and neo aircraft, with 1,400 seats available each week.