The Olaya Herrera airport is one of the preferred things to do in Medellin by many locals that stand at the end of its landing strip just to watch planes landing and departing.
Beautifully preserved as a historical building for its importance in the development of the aviation in Colombia, the Enrique Olaya Herrera was the former international airport of Medellin, and still serves as a regional airfield.
Located in the heart of the city and considered the main regional airport of the country due to the large number of scheduled and charter local flights.
The Olaya Herrera airport was founded in the 1930’s, and was one of the busiest for many decades, but by the 1970s started to be saturated and unable to meet the flights demand of the city, so it was announced the construction of the Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Rionegro. This resulted in the closure of the airport and the allocation of its land to a park. However users asked not to close it as airport and on April 11th , 1986 it began operations again. In that same year, the Pope Juan Pablo II landed in the Olaya Herrera. For this occasion the airport went under some renovation and the Aeroparque Juan Pablo II was created. In 1992 the Civil Aeronautics office ruled that the Olaya Herrera was to be strictly used as a regional aerodrome.
Located at: Carrera 65 A # 13 – 157
Phone: 365 61 00