Airport Alfonso Bonilla Aragón
Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport is the airport of Cali. It is the 2nd airport in Colombia based on the transport of passengers. Every year around 2 million people use the airport. The IATA code is CLO.
The airport is situated between the mountains 4000 meters in a valley at about 1000 meters altitude. Through the mountains is difficult landing at the airport. In 1995 a American Airlines plane crashed near Cali. The runway is 3 km long and is suitable for the landing of a Boeing 747. It is one of the few Latin American airports, which is open 24 hours a day. This is usually only the case with 1st airports of any country.
The first airport in Cali was built in 1933. It was on a military base called El Guabito. It was at the time for both military and commercial aviation. Because the aviation expanded the airport was too small and the need to separate the military and commercial role was necessary. In 1943, therefore a new airport opened in the south east of Cali called Calipuerto. By bringing the Pan American games to Cali for 1972 the local government decided to renovate the airport. On July 24, 1971 the present airport opened. Expanding the airport has not been necessary. It is of course over the years the airport is upgraded.