He said the airport lacks the infrastructure to properly process the amount of travelers that use it, and things are expected to get worse with the Christmas high travel season approaching. Two new international routes are also expected to put pressure on the airport. New immigration windows have been added but thus far have done nothing to slow congestion.
Between January and August of 2010, El Dorado processed over 12 million passengers. In 2009 it was announced that the airport will be demolished in 2012. Building of a new airport will begin in 2012.
There are plans to rename it Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento Airport, in memory of the Liberal politician who famously stood up to the powerful Medellin Cartel in the late ’80s and was assassinated in August 1989.