Press Release Summary: Alternative Airlines has launched a new campaign to encourage the independent traveller to visit Colombia.
Press Release Body: In a new destination feature on the expanding AlternativeAirlines.com web site, flights to Colombia and flights within Colombia are offered on a large variety of carriers ( http://www.AlternativeAirlines.com/FlightsToColombia ).
Prices start at just £460.30 including prepaid taxes and surcharges, for return flights from London Heathrow to Bogota, with Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines, via Miami. UK travellers wishing to avoid Miami (or Heathrow) can find a variety of options via Madrid with Iberia and Air Comet of Spain or Avianca of Colombia, or even via Paris with Air France. With domestic connections to all the main Colombian provincial cities on Avianca and AeroRepublica, as well as Copa Airlines of Panama, all bookable through the website, Alternative Airlines covers all of the flight requirements of passengers wanting to visit and fully explore this fascinating and beautiful country.
Alternative Airlines Managing Director, John Pope, said \"This destination feature is a very personal choice I have visited Colombia many times and am under the spell of the place and the people. As Colombia\'s reputation for providing a wonderful holiday experience improves, more and more people are chosing to fly there. So we are working with all the best airlines to provide the greatest access to cheap flights.\"
Currently there are no direct services from London to Colombia with most passengers connecting either through Madrid or Miami, but during 2008, the national carrier, Avianca was granted traffic rights by the Colombian Government to start direct services from Bogota to London. Whilst no details have yet been announced, it is expected that this new service will commence in 2009, once Avianca has received delivery of the first of its new long-haul A350-800 aircraft, direct from Airbus.
Most international flights operate into the Colombia\'s capital city, Bogota, but many tourists head for the enchanting city of Cartegna de Indias and the holiday island of San Andres. Tourism is Colombia\'s third largest industry after oil and coal, with over 2.2 million tourists visiting the country during 2007. The tourist infrastructure is being upgraded with 2,200 extra hotel beds added last year as well as many new scheduled flights to all the main cities.