For 20 years and in its ten versions, F-AIR COLOMBIA has been organized by the Civil Aeronautics, and the Colombian Air Force has become established as the favorable setting for the biennial meeting of actors in the world aeronautical industry, making the latest developments in civil aviation and defense known at first hand.
The Aeronautical Fair, F-AIR Colombia, began in 2002 with an air show coordinated by the Colombian Air Force at the José María Córdova International Airport, in Rionegro, Antioquia, whose objective was to bring the world of aviation closer to the general public. Two years later, between June 24 and 27, 2004, the Civil Aeronautics determined the incorporation of a commercial exhibition with the participation of 100 companies, 15 guest countries, 93 aircraft on display, 10 aerial demonstrations, 2 conferences and 42 thousand visitors. The event was covered by eight national and international media.
In 2006, the Fair was held between June 28 and July 2 and in that occasion it had 22,364 visitors, 151 companies participated, there were 95 aircraft on display, 42 aerial demonstrations, 17 participating countries, five conferences and 66 national and international media.
For the 2008 version, held between June 25 and 29, 47,400 people attended, who enjoyed 34 aerial demonstrations, 97 aircraft on display, 175 participating companies, 2 conferences and 250 national and international media that covered the event.
In 2010, it was decided to postpone the event to 2011, and from then on to continue every two years, in odd years. Therefore, the next version of F-AIR COLOMBIA took place between July 6 and 10, 2011 with the participation of 119 companies, 49,200 visitors who gathered in order to enjoy 7 aerial demonstrations, 98 aircraft on display. There were 9 conferences and the event was covered by 360 national and international media.
The VI version of F-AIR COLOMBIA took place between July 11 and 14, 2013 and on that occasion, Corferias was the logistics operator for the event. There were 80 aircraft on static display and 27 air show; 244 companies participated and 672 business meetings took place, with the participation of 24 countries, including Germany, Korea, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Russia and the United Kingdom. The attendance of 52,056 visitors marked a significant growth and positioning of the International Aeronautical Fair.
For the VII version of the Fair, between July 9 and 12, 2015, 25 countries, 208 companies, 54,063 attendees, 109 aircraft on display, 27 air shows, and an Academic Agenda led by 15 experts on civil and military aviation issues.
In the VIII version, held between July 13 and 16, 2017, for the first time there was a guest of honor, France, which attracted a greater number of visitors, reaching a record number of 60,569. There were 171 companies and 220 brands, 89 aircraft in static exhibition, 32 air shows and 270 national and foreign media covered the event.
The 2019 version was held between July 11 and 14, with the United States as the guest of honor, and within the framework of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Colombian Air Force. For the first time, the President of the Republic attended the fair and one of the most important acrobatic teams worldwide, the Thunderbirds of the United States Air Force, offered a great show.
This time, 17 countries participated; there were 143 companies and 220 brands, 400 business meetings were scheduled. Additionally, there were 110 aircraft on the platform, 18 air shows, 64,749 attendees, and 380 media covered the event. It went from an area of 102,000 m2 to 110,000 m2. The academic agenda, which since 2017 changed its structure, was consolidated with important panels of experts on civil aviation and defense.
For the X version held between November 2 and 5, 2021, the Fair was transformed into F-AIR Connection. Due to the situation generated by the COVID 19 pandemic, an integration meeting between suppliers and representatives of the civil and defense sector was held in digital format, thus contributing to the execution of contacts and the strengthening of commercial relations aiming at the reactivation of the sector in the circumstances that the world was going through.