Avianca Launches Flights Between San José & Buenos Aires Via Quito

  • Avianca Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N792AV (2)

    Avianca

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    AV/AVA

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    El Dorado International Airport, El Salvador International Airport

    Year Founded:
    1919

    Alliance:
    Star Alliance

    Airline Group:
    Avianca Group

    CEO:
    Adrian Neuhauser

    Country:
    Colombia

The South American carrier Avianca has announced a new route between San José International Airport (SJO), Costa Rica, and Ezeiza International Airport (EZE), Argentina, via Quito, Ecuador. This new route will start on October 30 and is currently completely uncontested.

The new route

Starting on October 30, Avianca Costa Rica will operate four weekly flights between San José and Buenos Aires via Quito, Ecuador. The Central American branch has a fleet composed of nine narrowbody aircraft, including three Airbus A319-100s, five Airbus A320-200s, and one Airbus A321-200.

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In addition to visiting Ecuador and Costa Rica, Argentine passengers will be able to easily connect from these two countries to other international destinations in the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, or Colombia by using the extensive route network that Avianca offers throughout the continent. In Ecuador, they will also be able to take advantage of domestic tourism in Manta, Cuenca, Guayaquil, or the Galápagos Islands, known as one of the best destinations in the world for wildlife watching.

Gustavo Esusy, Avianca’s commercial manager in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, said that this new route links three countries and boosts the local tourism and economies.

The flights between San José and Buenos Aires will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays; meanwhile, the return service from Buenos Aires to San José will be performed on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The overall segment between San José and Buenos Aires and the segment between Quito and Buenos Aires are currently uncontested, according to data by Cirium. The service between San José and Quito is only served three times a week by Avianca.

The airline said,

“Avianca currently operates 14 weekly flights on the Buenos Aires-Bogotá-Buenos Aires route and will add four new frequencies by starting Buenos Aires-Quito-San José operations, giving customers in Argentina access to one of the most robust networks in Latin America. “

Avianca has been launching several new routes in the last few months. Photo: Avianca.

This is not the only route Avianca may be launching in the coming months. According to reports by local media outlets, Avianca is also looking to increase its connectivity to Brazil. Starting in 2023, the airline is looking to operate a route between São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) and Cartagena International Airport (CTG) in Colombia. This route is also uncontested at the moment.

Between Colombia and Brazil, there are about 36 flights per week at the moment, operated by Avianca, LATAM, and Viva Colombia. Avianca flies from Bogotá to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and São Paulo; LATAM flies between Bogotá and São Paulo, and Viva Colombia flies from Medellín to São Paulo.

Avianca’s service between Bogotá and São Paulo is extremely successful, with three daily flights served onboard the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet.

Avianca
Avianca Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N792AV (2)
Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

Specifications

IATA/ICAO Code:
AV/AVA

Airline Type:
Full Service Carrier

Hub(s):
El Dorado International Airport, El Salvador International Airport

Alliance:
Star Alliance

CEO:
Adrian Neuhauser

Country:
Colombia

Avianca’s plans

Since emerging from Chapter 11, Avianca has been adding many new routes, both international and domestic. For instance, it recently began operating two new domestic routes connecting Cúcuta in Colombia with Cali and Medellín.

The airline recently applied to the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority for authorization to merge with Viva Colombia and Viva Peru, folding these two airlines under the new Abra Group Holding. Avianca claims it is as urgent as Viva’s “complex financial situation” can be addressed immediately. The airline industry, including Ultra Air, has been skeptical of the merger plans.

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