Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina - Transportation - Airports


The airport serves the cities of San Andrés and San Luis, but also commercially serves the nearby island of Providencia Island. All being major tourist and vacation spots for South and Central American tourists. Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport is also known as Sesquicentenario International Airport. The airport is the 6th busiest airport in Colombia in terms of passengers, with 836,234 in 2006. Most of these passengers come from the continental part of the country, due to poor international direct service to the island. Many international tourists have to fly to one of Colombia's or Panama's largest airports (Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Cartagena, Panama City) to be able to reach the islands. Although in recent years San Andrés has started to receive seasonal charter flights, mainly from Canada and a few Central American countries.

As of February 2011, there are no commercial passenger flights to San Andrés from Ecuador or Costa Rica. International travelers must fly to continental Colombia or to Panamá (one daily flight) to reach the island.

The airport is one of Colombia's fastest growing airports with a 13.4% increase in the number of passengers between 2005 and 2006.

The airport was the site of an Aires Colombia aircraft crash on August 16, 2010. The Boeing 737-700 left Bogota 2 hours before landing into bad weather with poor visibility condition. The crew reported a lightning strike that temporarily blinded the pilots on very short final. The plane broke up into three parts on the runway, all but 1 of the 126 passengers on board survived. The flight recorders have been removed from the wreckage and the exact causes of the crash are being investigated.

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