Bogota airport claims excess capacity

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Bogota's El Dorado International airport has the capacity to handle increased airline operations, say executives at the Routes Americas 2013 forum in Cartagena today.

"We have the capacity right now," says Peter Fleming, aviation marketing director for the airport. However, he notes that this is mostly during off-peak periods of the day and not during peak times, for example from 19:00 to 22:00.

AviancaTaca chief operating officer Estuardo Ortiz said at Routes on 10 February that the recent opening of terminal 2 at El Dorado is good but that the expansion does not match traffic growth at El Dorado.

"We have infrastructure with a 12 million capacity in 2012, when we have flown almost 20 million passengers," he said, referring to the total design capacity of the airport and passenger traffic last year.

Attendees at the Routes forum that passed through El Dorado say that the new terminal looks nice but lacks signage, making transfers difficult especially between international and domestic flights.

El Dorado wants to expand and diversify its air traffic, says Fleming. The airport has a long list of destinations that it would like to add to its network, including Chicago O'Hare, London, Los Angeles, Montreal and Rome.

Bogota-based AviancaTaca is the most likely candidate for new flights from the airport. Ortiz said that the airline wants to expand connecting opportunities across the region through its hubs, though he did not specify any specific city.