Colombia Holiday Season

Colombia is Ready for Peak Vacation Season

Over 16 Million Passengers Expected Through Terminals and 21 Million Through Airports, reports the Government of Colombia

In a press conference, top transportation authorities from President Gustavo Petro’s government outlined the measures and personnel in place to handle the mid-year vacation season.

The National Police’s Directorate of Transit and Transportation (DITRA) will deploy five thousand officers across 110 prevention and control areas nationwide.

The “Safe Holiday Bridge” campaign will intensify presence at transport infrastructures to guide and raise awareness about the safe transportation of minors and pets.

Additionally, in collaboration with the Military Forces and Highway Police, 31 control points will be set up across 26 road sections in 16 departments, with a total of 839 officers.

Bogotá, June 7, 2024

The peak mid-year vacation season kicks off with the “Day of the Sacred Heart” holiday, during which 16.5 million passengers are expected to travel through terminals and 21.2 million through airports. The government will deploy five thousand officers across 110 prevention and control areas nationwide under DITRA.

The Superintendence of Transport, Aerocivil, and the National Road Safety Agency will intensify their presence at transport infrastructures and roads across the country.

From June 7 to 10, 1,557,348 passengers are expected to travel in 153,118 vehicles from transport terminals, and 1,207,000 travelers by air. There will be a restriction on cargo vehicles weighing 3.4 tons or more from June 7 to 10.

Vacation Period

During the entire vacation period ending on July 29, an estimated 16.5 million passengers will travel in 1,700,442 vehicles by land, and 21.2 million passengers by air, with Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Santa Marta, San Andrés, Barranquilla, and Pereira airports experiencing the highest demand.

Superintendent of Transport Ayda Lucy Ospina Arias stated that vacations will begin with a presence in 26 terminals, 28 airports, 18 bodies of water, and 20 toll booths, providing orientation and awareness for businesses and users.

“It is important to make a strong call for road safety, as we cannot allow illegality to cause more accidents affecting citizens’ integrity,” she emphasized.

Ospina Arias added that technical-mechanical inspections are mandatory, and all vehicle documents must be up-to-date.

“We will be performing our duties rigorously and will take the necessary actions,” she announced.

Through the “Safe Holiday Bridge” and “Super Responds” campaigns, the Superintendence of Transport will conduct promotional and preventive activities, providing guidance and awareness to sector businesses and users.

According to Aerocivil Director Sergio París, 120 officials from the Airport Intermediation Group will ensure efficient air operations during the season. “We also expect good behavior from passengers,” he noted.

Pets

París reminded travelers that pets require proper documentation as determined by the relevant authority (ICA), and airlines should be notified 48 hours before the flight.

Travelers should arrive three hours before domestic flights and four hours before international flights, and check if the destination requires visas, vaccination certificates, or other documents for traveling with minors and pets.

National Road Safety Agency Presence

The National Road Safety Agency will be present in 15 road corridors in Cundinamarca, Valle, Quindío, Antioquia, Cauca, Atlántico, Tolima, Magdalena, Boyacá, Cesar, Meta, Nariño, Córdoba, and Guajira, accompanying over 150 urban area road controls.

The National Road Safety Observatory has developed the ESRI application to receive daily reports on DITRA control actions during the holiday weekend and vacation season.

Prevention for Millions of People

Based on mobility projections, 3,759,829 vehicles are expected to travel on national roads during the entire vacation season, with 1,149,388 in Cundinamarca and 621,932 in Bogotá.

“We will deploy 110 prevention and control areas to help reduce road accidents nationwide. Our invitation this holiday weekend and high season is to celebrate with family and road safety,” emphasized Colonel Claudia Susana Blanco, director of Transit and Transportation of the National Police.

ANI Operations

According to the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI), more than 6,500 people will be deployed across 43 concessioned projects.

ANI has 2,800 ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) devices, including variable messaging panels, toll booths with electronic payment, cameras, dynamic and static scales, SOS posts, and Control and Operation Centers (CCO). Each concession project has a CCO to monitor road conditions, with operations verified through 1,393 cameras.

Speed Monitors and Contingency Plans

Additionally, 50 speed monitors will be deployed. To facilitate traveler mobility during this holiday weekend, the National Institute of Roads (Invías) will have 956 operators at 31 toll stations, working according to peak traffic hours.

Invías has 2,000 micro-entrepreneurs and 70 road administrators across 270 fronts ready to handle any contingency immediately. Alongside the Military Forces and Highway Police, 31 control points will be set up across 26 road sections in 16 departments, with a total of 839 officers.

 


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