By Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
Avianca Adds New Routes, Resumes Additional Flights
In order to offer its travelers more connectivity opportunities, Avianca announced the sale of five new routes that will begin to operate at the end of the year and the reactivation of seven more routes from September.
After inaugurating seven domestic and international routes this year, five new routes will go on sale in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Guatemala that will begin operating in December 2021.
In a press release, the Colombian carrier announced that the five routes that will be launched next December will be the following: Cali – New York; San José – New York; San José – Los Angeles; Guayaquil – New York; Guatemala – Washington.
After successfully resuming the flights between Bogotá – Rio de Janeiro on September 1, as of this month, another seven operations will be progressively resumed in Colombia: Bogotá – Asunción and Bogotá – Montevideo; in El Salvador: San Salvador – Panama City; in Costa Rica: San José – Panama City; in Guatemala: Guatemala – Miami and Guatemala – New York; and in Ecuador: Quito – El Coca.
Currently, Avianca offers its customers one of the most robust networks in Latin America with 99 routes, more than 2,680 flights per week and nearly 400,000 weekly seats.
It seems that Avianca intends to continue being a company that competes with the large international airlines, but simultaneously with low-cost carriers.
To achieve the low-cost objective, the company has drastically reduced its expenses, with the obvious deterioration in service.
As an example, we have the recent announcement made by the Colombian carrier in which Avianca publicized the inauguration of the route between Cali and New York, which will be operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft that has capacity for 150 passengers.
According to semana, Avianca is returning more modern aircraft such as the 787, replacing them with older equipment such as the A330, which without necessarily having less passenger capacity, have much narrower seats.
For long flights, such as from Bogotá to Washington or Mexico, the Colombian carrier intends to use short route aircraft with uncomfortable seats that recline a maximum of a few centimeters.
It is understandable that the level of Avianca’s obligations does not allow it to compete with large airlines, so it is possible that its only way out is to become a low-cost carrier.