The Director of the Colombian airline Servicio Aéreo de Boyacá, Juan José Navia, told how the company grew. The department of Boyacá is extremely rich in regards to Colombian tourism, industry and agriculture and that there were no aviation companies for this great market. In this way, they created this airline, which is in full growth.
By Florencia Lucero Heguy
What are the advances that have taken since the company was born?
There was progress in the consolidation of the air service with civil aviation by presenting, before a public hearing, everything that is the Servicio Aéreo de Boyacá, backed by the government and the mayors where the airports are located. This is consolidated through the interest shown by all surrounding municipalities to improve the airports by making infrastructure. Also, when classified, within civil aviation, as a commercial project, it gives us the viability of the authority to continue certifying ourselves. It is one of the great advances that were achieved, since decisions were made where we will obtain a certificate of the operation of the basic company; that is to say, two simple piston aircraft are going to be certified which, in the short term, will end up providing much simpler services and we will give way to the turboprop with the Dornier 228 and Beech 1900 to operate the farthest routes. These would be to Medellín, the Atlantic Coast, Bucaramanga, Yopal, among others. We will start working with a Piper PA-31 Navajo and Cessna 206 airplanes. They are simple aircraft that will connect the department internally. We have an approach with the emerald zone of Colombia in the Muzo airport, the one in Boyacá, the Quipama airport, which are airports that require permanent service and we will start with these planes that will take us to an internal connectivity of the department. It is important to note that the turboprops will end up being used for the government, businessmen and even multinationals that have a presence in those municipalities. A clear example is a mining company, from the Muzo area, which is responsible for the exploitation of these resources.
Are agreements being made with companies?
What we do with some companies is to start contacting and helping as they need to see a certified and consolidated company. What was done was, through subcontracting, to show the viability of the operation and what we can offer. This helped us a lot to start developing the business.
What opportunities do they currently have in regards to the characteristics of the company?
There are quite a few opportunities, since Colombia is in a program, from the civil aviation administration, where an area connectivity table is being made for the whole country. Currently, it has large investments in aeronautical infrastructure and this is not excluding Paipa airport, which is our base and where more than four million dollars will be invested by the state through the civil aviation administration. This occurs in the framework of the improvement of the airport in Boyacá. From our company, we are making suggestions to the airports to act and make improvements to each of them.
Were new companies born that may be competition?
In Boyacá no new companies were born that appear as competition, there were always companies that were part of the Boyaquense market; which is very good from other departments. From Antíoquia or Cundinamarca from Guaymaral and sometimes from Santander. In the area of the eastern plains there is little operation, since the planes there are not turboprop nor do they have the performance to operate in the department.