La Nubia Airport

La Nubia Airport (IATA: MZL, ICAO: SKMZ) is located in Manizales, Colombia, 8 kilometres (5 mi) southeast of the city's downtown. Due to its short runway and limited ramp space, the only aircraft which can use the airport are turbopropeller aircraft such as the Fokker 50, ATR 42 and the Dash 8 models. The main problem of La Nubia airport is weather. Sometimes shut down to fog, rain or winds, it is difficult for airlines to offer a reliable schedule for the passengers wishing to visit Manizales and Caldas, and combined with its limited hours of operation (just daylight), this fact has been an obstacle for the region's development. After much delays, a new international airport to be named Aeropuerto del Café was expected to open in the municipality of Palestina which is 35 minutes away from the city. It was expected to start operations in 2014. Aeropuerto del Café would initially have a 2,400-by-45-metre (7,874 ft × 148 ft) runway, which combined with a lower altitude than the present facility, would allow it to serve larger aircraft. If traffic warrants it, the runway may be extended to 3,500 metres (11,500 ft). Actually its construction is suspended due to the lack of proper soil evaluation and many design fails that had cost the local government near USD$30 million. Some audits form the entral government had revealed insufficient or defective design, poor planning and unjustified overruns.

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Manizales

Manizales (Spanish pronunciation: [maniˈsales]) capital of the Department of Caldas, is a city and municipality in central Colombia, near the Nevado del Ruiz volcano. Presently, the city is the main center for the production of Colombian coffee and an important hub for higher educational institutions.

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