Massachusetts continues to expand its global connections with the announcement of the new direct route between Boston and Bogotá, Colombia on Avianca .
Governor Charlie Baker joined Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn and other officials last week at Logan International Airport to celebrate the 53rd international destination flying out of Logan Airport. The international flights now encompass South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Governor Baker said the airline connection “allows the Commonwealth to maintain its competitive edge and continue to reap the benefits of a culturally and professionally diverse population.”
Massport CEO Glynn said, “The addition of nonstop service to Bogotá is another example of Massport’s focus on connecting New England with the global economy.”
The Avianca route begins on June 2 and offers year-round service from Boston to Bogotá four times per week on an A319 aircraft. In Bogotá, passengers can conveniently connect to 36 destinations throughout South and Central America through Avianca’s hub.
Avianca is the flag carrier of Colombia and the country’s largest air carrier. The second largest air carrier in Latin America, it has been in operations since 1919, making it the oldest airline in the Western Hemisphere. A member of the Star Alliance, Avianca serves over 100 destinations in almost 30 countries with a modern fleet of over 180 aircraft.
Yida Ximena Mora Silva of the Boston’s Consulate General of Colombia called the new flight, “an example of how the United States and Colombia continue to develop strong ties that benefit both countries.”
The Colombian community in Massachusetts has had significant growth since the 1960s, with over 20,000 Colombians now residing in the Commonwealth. Colombians also make up the 8th largest foreign-born population in Boston, with the majority (75%) residing in East Boston.
Sustaining Boston’s competitive edge in international travel is critical to the state’s highly travel-dependent and diversified economic base which is spread across sectors such as information technology, biotechnology, healthcare, education, and medical scientific research and products. International non-stop flights make Boston more attractive to foreign companies to locate U.S. facilities in the Commonwealth.
Francois-Laurent Nivaud, Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, said the increase in direct air service “increased Massachusetts’ overseas visitor market by 13% to 1.7 million visitors, bolstering our state economy through direct spending, taxes and jobs.”
In addition to the new Avianca route, Massport officials also celebrated the Terminal E renovation and enhancement project designed to improve the passenger experience. The international terminal was expanded by 95,000 square feet, along with renovating three existing gates and adding services to accommodate larger aircrafts.
The project incorporates sustainable and resilient design elements and has submitted documentation for LEED Gold certification. Boston Logan International Airport offers nonstop service to 75 domestic and 53 international destinations and served more than 36 million passengers last year.
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. For more information please visit massport.com.
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