On Saturday, October 17, 2020, the airlines Copa Airlines from Panama and Avianca Colombia resumed operations in Rio de Janeiro after a seven-month break without landing on the ground in Rio de Janeiro. Both flights were greeted with water jets by the airport’s fire fighters.
There will be a cup
In the case of the Panamanian company, flight CM-873 landed in Galeão at 5:18 a.m. with a delay of almost three hours. The reason for the delay has not been disclosed, but Panama City Airport has just reopened and is subject to several boarding restrictions on behalf of Covid. Passengers need to know the boarding and disembarking rules to avoid surprises.
According to the airline’s own website, the World Cup on the route from Rio to Panama will take place once a week (Saturdays) until the end of October. In November the frequencies change three times and in the second half of the month four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Daily flights will return in December.
Copa flights are carried out with Boeing 737 aircraft, the only model used by the Panama company.
In return, Avianca resumed the connection between Rio de Janeiro and Bogota, the capital of Colombia, with flight AV-261. The opening service landed thirty minutes earlier, at 2:01 am. Despite the punctual flight, there are also entry and exit restrictions in Colombia that passengers must attend to avoid surprises when traveling.
According to the airline’s website, there will be two weekly flights available until the end of November, initially on Tuesdays and Saturdays on the Rio – Bogotá route. This frequency starts on Mondays and Fridays from mid-November. The flights are operated with Airbus A319 aircraft with 120 seats.
If you are traveling to Colombia, please note that to enter the country, the PCR test for COVID-19 with a negative result must be presented, which will be carried out at least 96 hours before the flight. In addition, the “Before Check-In” form must be filled out in order to optimize the migration process and you must report your health status in the Coronapp application. If you fail to meet these requirements, you will be refused entry. It is recommended to consult the websites of the official agencies of Colombia, as adjustments can be made to the entry requirements or the documents required to fly.