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Getting around by air

  • The easiest way to cover the huge distances between big cities in Colombia, air travel has become more accessible lately with the advent of budget airlines, and booking in advance can make it a very reasonable way to travel. Nearly all cities have airports, as well as many smaller, remoter towns.
  • While flights are normally more expensive than a bus on the same route the difference is not always that great – especially on longer, high-volume routes. It's not worth taking a bus from Medellín to the Costa to save COP$30,000.
  • Shop around among airlines as prices can vary greatly on the same route. Ticket prices to some destinations drop in the last week or two before the date; for some other destinations, they may rise significantly.
  • It's cheaper to purchase online than in agencies and airline offices.
  • Some airlines have different prices depending on which version of the website you are on – make sure to visit the Colombian page for the best prices.
  • You can reserve and pay for some domestic flights online with a foreign credit card but for others you'll need to make a booking and then pay cash at an agent.
  • Some airlines offer packages to major tourist destinations (for example, Cartagena and San Andrés), which can cost not much more than you'd pay for air tickets only. If purchasing these package deals from overseas you are exempt from the 19% IVA (sales tax) – be sure to ask for this discount, as many Colombians are unaware of it.

Airlines in Colombia

Colombia has several main passenger airlines and many smaller carriers and charter airlines. Busy routes are operated with modern jet aircraft while flights in remote areas can be in anything from tiny single-propellor three-seaters to Soviet jets and even WWII-era DC-3s!

Satena, the commercial carrier of the FAC (Colombian Air Force) services flights to the vast areas of the Amazon, Los Llanos and the Pacific coast; it lands at numerous small towns and villages that would be otherwise virtually inaccessible.

AirlineWebsiteMain Destinations
Aviancawww.avianca.com26 major destinations all over the country
Easyflywww.easyfly.com.coArmeia, Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Cúcuta, Ibague, Manizales, Medellín, Neiva, Pereira, Popayán, Quibdó, Valledupar, Yopal
LATAMwww.latam.comBarranquilla, Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cúcuta, Leticia, Medellín, Pereira, San Andrés, Santa Marta, Valledupar, Yopal
Satenawww.satena.comBahía Solano, Bogotá, Cali, Guapi, Ipiales, La Macarena, Medellín, Nuquí, Pasto, Pitalito, Providencia, Puerto Asis, San Andrés, San José del Guaviare
Viva Colombiawww.vivaair.comBogotá, Bucaramanga, Cartagena, Leticia, Medellín, Montería, Pereira, San Andrés, Santa Marta
Wingowww.wingo.comBarranquilla, Bogotá, Cali, Cartagena, San Andrés