According to a recent study by the World Tourism Organization, Colombia has ranked in the top 20 among the fastest growing travel destinations in the world. Colombia had 18 percent growth in tourism in 2017. This is in large part thanks to its evolving reputation for safety, colonial and historical charm, and its rich biodiversity. It’s also becoming a well-known foodie destination, and is said to have some of the best diversity in that category as well. As a result of its (somewhat) recently discovered appeal, there’s been an exponential increase in the amount of flights to Colombia now available in places like North America and Europe.
United States & Canada
Five United States airlines provide non-stop flights to Colombia daily. You can find these flights through Delta (from Atlanta and New York), United Airlines (from Houston and New York), American Airlines (from Miami and Dallas), Spirit (from Fort Lauderdale and New York), and JetBlue (from Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and New York). According to the available direct-flights mentioned here, you’d do especially well to travel from New York to Colombia, since that’s where you generally see the most options.
Non-U.S. airlines such as Copa and LATAM also operate on some of the routes mentioned above. There are also plenty of Colombian airlines that provide non-stop flights back to the States. The number one place that Colombian travelers visit is the United States, so there’s no shortage of return flights to be found. The airline Avianca provides these directly to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, New York, Washington-Dulles, and Los Angeles.
In Canada, you can find direct flights to and from Colombia when traveling via Toronto.
The rapidly growing tourism industry of Colombia is causing airlines to add flights to the country in Europe as well. KLM has started offering direct flights from Amsterdam to Bogota, and Cali and Avianca have already started a daily service between London and Bogota.
KLM had been running flights between Amsterdam and Colombia from 1992-1995, but they stopped running flights to Colombia in 1995. In 2015, it began offering the flights again, after a 20-year hiatus from the country. Now that South America’s tourism growth has caught its interest, KLM offers direct flights to countries like Colombia several times per week. The Colombia flights are directed to Bogota and Cali.
Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, and Frankfurt are also seeing several flights to and from Colombia each week.
Africa, Asia, and Australasia
Unfortunately, for those traveling from any of these areas, there’s still a long way to go for direct flights to become available to and/or from Colombia. However, connector flights can usually be found in Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.
Here’s an interesting fact: Colombia has 862 recognized airports. That makes it 6th in the world for that statistic! Colombia’s popularity is on such an upswing that more and more flights are becoming (and will become) available, connecting it to the rest of the world unlike never before. Doesn’t that make you curious as to what Colombia has that’s so special?
Colombia had a rough couple of decades during the late 80s and into the 90s, so it makes sense that travel to the country decreased dramatically. It also makes sense that now that the country has put that past behind it, there’s more reason than ever to go and see what it has to offer. Just a brief rundown would include: hundreds of gorgeous beaches (even some that are good for whale watching), UNESCO World Heritage sites, access to the Amazon Jungle, the Andes, and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, coffee farms to explore, ancient ruins and large, bustling cities full of history, culture, and delicious food.
Colombia is the only country in South America that offers access to both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, which means it has different styles of beaches and different chances to see aquatic animals. Off the coast is a UNESCO protected coral reef in a thriving ecosystem that offers several dive and snorkeling spots.
Much of what this country has to offer comes in the form of nature. Its rich biodiversity allows it to serve as a home for the most bird and orchid species in the world, and for 12 percent of the production of the world’s coffee. While indigenous tribes still live in some of the mountainous jungle regions, there’s still plenty to explore when hiking along routes to ruins from pre-Columbian times. Now that Colombia is a much safer place, it’s time to start planning your flight!