Illustrative file photo of the logo of the airline Spirit Airlines, which will operate the first international flight that will arrive at the Cartagena airport this weekend.
Nov 6, 2018. . / Regis Duvignau (REGIS DUVIGNAU /)

BOGOTA, Sept 16 (.) – International flights from the Colombian Caribbean city of Cartagena will resume on Sept. 19 with round-trip trips to Florida, the government announced on Wednesday.

Last week the government assured that international flights would gradually reopen starting on September 21, marking the end of a six-month period during which they were suspended to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

A flight operated by Spirit Airlines will arrive on Saturday at Rafael Núñez de Cartagena airport from Fort Lauderdale, while the local airline Viva Air will make a flight from the Caribbean city to Miami that same day.

The Minister of Transportation, Angela María Orozco, said that initially flights to the United States, Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala will be restored.

As with the operation of domestic flights, the authorities will apply a strict biosecurity protocol for the operation of international travel. Among these measures, it has been defined that for the entry of passengers arriving from abroad, the presentation of the negative result of the PCR test for COVID-19 will be requested.

(Report by Oliver Grifin and Luis Jaime Acosta. Edited by Javier Leira)