Emirates Airlines plans to fly daily to Colombia via Miami

Dubai-based carrier has submitted an application to Aerocivil, the civil aviation agency, to fly to Bogotá

Emirates Airline may soon have a new destination in South America, Bogotá, the capital of Colombia.

The Dubai-based carrier has submitted an application to Aerocivil, the Colombian civil aviation authority, to establish a route to El Dorado International Airport with up to seven frequencies per week.

The flight, however, will not be direct, but via Miami, taking advantage of the fifth freedom. The aircraft to be used on the route must be the Boeing 777, variant -200 or -300.

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Aerocivil is expected to evaluate the request later this week and if it approves it, it will place another airline on the busy route between Bogotá and Miami, currently operated by companies such as American Airlines, Avianca and LATAM.

Fourth destination in South America

The capital of Colombia will be Emirates’ fourth destination in South America, which already flies to Buenos Aires, with a stop in Rio de Janeiro, and to São Paulo, the only city in the region served by the Airbus A380.

El Dorado Airport, in Bogota (Aerocivil)

Emirates, however, already had Santiago de Chile as its destination, an extension of a second flight operated to São Paulo with the Boeing 777.

The new route is expected to intensify the competition for the position of busiest airport in South America.

El Dorado was the busiest in recent years, but was surpassed again in 2023 by Guarulhos Airport, in São Paulo, which handled 41.2 million passengers compared to 39.5 million.