Colombia's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 1.1% in the first three months of 2021, which contrasts with the worst moments of the pandemic, when the economy contracted 15.7% in the second quarter of 2020 and 8.6% in the third quarter. This performance was explained by a significant boost from manufacturing, public administration, defence, health, education and agriculture, sectors that contributed 1.6 percentage points to GDP output in the first quarter.
People march in Colombia's capital Bogota, amid a wave of daily protests that have been taking place since April 28. The anti-government demonstrations are fuelled by ongoing violence and economic hardship - which have been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.
Colombia’s civilian aviation authority, Aeronáutica Civil, or Aerocivil, approved the joint venture between Delta Air Lines, LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its subsidiary LATAM Airlines Colombia S.A. without conditions. The airlines say their joint venture will “improve air connectivity and provide passengers and cargo customers with a seamless travel experience between North and South America” once regulatory approvals have been obtained. The agreement has also been granted the authorization of regulatory entities in Brazil and Uruguay, while the review process continues in other countries, including LATAM’s home country of Chile.