Avianca, one of the largest airlines in South America, has asked the Colombian civil aviation company to allow it to operate the direct Bogota-Havana route again, which it suspended in March 2020 due to the pandemic.
In this way, Avianca will compete with Colombia's Wingo, the only airline offering direct flights between the Colombian capital and the island. According to the specialized magazine ReporterAvianca plans to offer a daily flight with Airbus aircraft, while Wingo has five weekly flights with a Boeing 737-800.
In addition, Avianca has requested permission to reactivate flights from Medellin/Rionegro to San José de Costa Rica and Pasto, using Airbus A319, A320ceo and A320neo aircraft, with a capacity of between 156 and 174 passengers.
This company therefore seeks to strengthen its route network in the region by 2024, as it also received approval to increase its operations in Argentina, with a third daily flight to Buenos Aires. Likewise, it hopes to open a route between Guayaquil and San Andres.
Avianca wants to return to Cuba this year
Since June 2023, the Cuban authorities have been seeking to reactivate the Avianca route from Colombia to Cuba. An interview with El Tiempo newspaper revealed that the tourism advisor at the Cuban embassy in Colombia, Efes Fernandez, was seeking to reactivate this process.
The Colombian airline suspended its flights to Cuba in January 2020 due to the pandemic and the US embargo. Fernandez said Cuba hopes to receive more Colombian tourists, which is why it is important for Avianca to restart its routes from Bogotá. Colombia is the twelfth country to send visitors to Cuba, after Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy, among other European countries.
Many Cubans used Avianca to travel to Panama and South America, as it had flights to several countries in the region such as Ecuador, Chile, El Salvador or Peru. However, the company stopped selling tickets and argued that the ban would affect it if it continued to operate on the island. Avianca is a Colombian company, but with capital and registration in the United States.
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