Colombia: Whether Bogota's international airports were closed on 22 December 1999 due to storms, and if so, whether they remained closed for a month resulting in all flights being cancelled; whether plane tickets for United States destinations from Bogota were unavailable during the second and third week of May 2000 and subsequent months
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||14 September 2001|
|Citation / Document Symbol||COL37697.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Colombia: Whether Bogota's international airports were closed on 22 December 1999 due to storms, and if so, whether they remained closed for a month resulting in all flights being cancelled; whether plane tickets for United States destinations from Bogota were unavailable during the second and third week of May 2000 and subsequent months, 14 September 2001, COL37697.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4be222c.html [accessed 19 May 2013]|
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A Colombian travel Website states that Bogota has only one airport that services domestic and international flights: the El Dorado Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado) (4 Feb. 2001).
In 13 September 2001 correspondence, the chief of statistics at the El Dorado Airport's Civil Aeronautic office stated that the director of air operations for the same office informed him that the meteorological chart for 22 December 1999 showed that fog, mist and cloudiness were reported, and that as a result runways 13L and 31R were closed by NOTAM between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The chart did not show any closure of runways due to a storm on that day.
The chief of statistics also reported that flights took place from Bogota to Venezuela on 27 December 1999.
Regarding ticket availability for destinations in the United States from Bogota during the second and third week of May 2000 and subsequent months, the chief of statistics could not obtain such information from the various airlines such as Avianca, Aces, American Airlines, Continental, Delta and others, that regularly schedule flights to United States destinations, including Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Houston, and Atlanta.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Aeropuerto El Dorado, Bogotá. 4 February 2001.
Chief of statistics, Civil Aeronautic, El Dorado Airport, Bogota. 13 September 2001. Correspondence.
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World News Connection