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Avianca has been the national carrier of Colombia since 1919 and is part of the Synergy Group that incorporates Ocean Air (Brazil) and VIP (Ecuador). Avianca is the largest airline in Colombia and second largest in Latin America. With its subsidiaries, Avianca has the most extensive network of destinations in Latin America. Avianca airline flights are the gateway to South America. Operating from their hub in Bogotá to over 25 destinations in Colombia, and more than 35 destinations in the Americas and Europe. In 2019, Avianca will celebrate it's 100th anniversary.
Avianca is the world's second oldest airline still in operation and is the oldest continuously operating airline in the Western Hemisphere.
In 2009, Avianca merged with TACA and took on several of its routes and services. This merger was massive at the time as TACA was historically one of South America's largest airlines.
Avianca offfer direct services Colombia from London, Munich or through Madrid and Barcelona. Alternatively, connections to Colombia can be made through major gateways in the US (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and New York).
Avianca flies to many destinations in Colombia, including Armenia, Barrancabermeja, Barranquilla, Bogota, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Cucuta, Florencia, Ibague, Leticia , Manizales, Medellin, Monteria, Neiva, Pasto, Pereira, Popayan, Riohacha, San Andres, Santa Marta, Tumaco, Valledupar, Villavicencio and Yopal. The airline flies to many other destinations in South America including Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republican, Galapagos, Bolivia, Paraguay and many others.
Avianca has a fleet that is predominantly made up of Airbus aircraft, although it does a number of Boeing, Cessna and Embraer aircraft as well. In total, Avianca has over 130 aircraft within its fleet and is regularly adding and updating its aircraft.
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Avianca Check-In Information
Once you have booked your Avianca flight, you will have the opportunity to check in for your Avianca flight using our online check-in page. From there, click on the Avianca logo which will take you to the Avianca online check-in page. You can use either your reservation code or your e-ticket number to check-in to your Avianca flight online. Web check-in opens 24 hours before your flight time.
You can check-in at the airport for all Avianca flights. Avianca state that you must arrive at the check-in counters at least three hours before your flight if you're flying internationally and at least one hour before your flight if you're flying domestically. Avianca also gives the option for passengers to check-in using self-service kiosks at the airport. Enter your details into the self-service kiosk and print your boarding pass at the airport. You can check-in on all Avianca flights using a self-service kiosk from 24 hours before your flight. If you're flying domestically within Colombia, check-in using the self-service kiosk closes 35 minutes before your scheduled flight departure time. If you're flying domestically within Peru, self-service kiosks are available for check-in up until 45 minutes before your scheduled flight departure time. If you're flying anywhere else, kiosks close one hour before your flight departure time.
Avianca Baggage Allowance
Those flying on Avianca are entitled to one item of free carry-on baggage. The baggage must be no larger than 115cm in dimension and be no heavier than 10kg in weight. These rules apply to passengers flying in all classes.
Those flying on Avianca in economy class are entitled to one item of free checked baggage. Checked baggage must not exceed the dimensions of 158 cm and must be no heavier than 23kg. Those flying in Avianca Airlines Business Class are entitled to two items of free checked baggage with a maximum combined weight of 32kg. The dimensions of each individual bag must not exceed 158cm.
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Avianca Speciality Items and Sports Equipment
Specific rules and regulations apply to flying with sports equipment. Always check the airline's height and weight regulations before flying with items such as surfboards, golf clubs and bicycles. Bowling equipment, tennis rackets and fishing equipment can be checked onto your Avianca flight at no additional cost if they do not exceed 23kg. Bicycles can be checked (for an additional fee) as long as they weigh less than 32kg and do not exceed 230 lineal cm. For more information on flying with your bicycle please see our FAQ page on "Flying with a Bike."
Avianca In-flight Services
Avianca In-flight Entertainment and Wifi
Avianca provides individual TVs on some of their aircraft where films, TV programmes, music and flight map can be found. However, for the aircraft do not have this service, Avianca has provided an app, called ‘Avianca Entertainment’ which can be downloaded to passengers personal mobiles, computers or tablets where the same entertainment can be accessed. Avianca provides power outlets for passengers to charge their personal devices. This service is not available on Airbus A318 or Embraer 190 Aircraft. Avianca offers WiFi to passengers in-flight. Prices are displayed once connected to their network, where passengers can choose their payment option.
Avianca Airport Hub
El Dorado International Airport (BOG)
El Dorado International Airport is the airport hub for Avianca. Avianca has been based at El Dorado international since 1998. With El Dorado International, Avianca is able to offer its passengers a fantastic gateway to domestic destinations within Colombia, as well as international destinations to other parts of South America, Central and North America and Europe. Located in west Bogota, El Dorado International Airport opened in 1959. The airport is split into two main airports — Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Terminal 1 is the main terminal at El Dorado International for international flights, as well as serving a number of domestic services too. In total, Terminal 1 serves over 70 routes from Bogota. The terminal has an array of different retail shops, with duty-free, a selection of restaurants and the popular Colombian coffee shop Juan Valdez Café. Avianca uses Terminal 1 for both domestic and international.
Terminal 2 is mainly used for domestic flights. With considerably less passenger traffic than Terminal 1, Terminal 2 has around half fewer shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Avianca uses Terminal 2 to connect its passengers to different destinations within Colombia, including Armenia, Cartagena, Medellin, San Andrés and many other domestic cities within the country. Other airlines that fly from the airport include Wingo, Avior Airlines, Satena, Líneas Aéreas Suramericanas and Copa.
Avianca Route Map
Avianca Popular Routes
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Avianca Direct Flights
Avianca offers a number of direct flights from Bogotà to international destinations outside of South America. Here's a list of which countries Avianca offer direct flights to in each continent.
- Fort Lauderdale
- New York
- Mexico City
- Punta Cana
- San Juan
- Santo Domingo
Asia and Australia
Avianca don't currently fly from Bogota to any destinations in Asia.
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16th November 2018
Avianca launches new routes to Chicago and Munich
Today, Avianca flew its first services from Bogota to Chicago and Munich. The Colombian airline will continue to fly the Bogota—Munich route fives times a week using 787-8 aircraft and the Bogota—Chicago routes four times a week using A319 aircraft.
20th September 2018
Avianca adds six new USA routes in a bid to increase its US presence
Colombia's national airline currently runs around 200 flights weekly between the US and Central and South America with these flight paths set to increase in frequency towards the end of 2018. A fourth daily rotation will be added to the Bogota and Miami route which will be run using an Airbus A330. The frequency of flights between Bogota and Boston will also be increased as well as flights between Guatemala City and Los Angeles. Chicago will also have more regular flights to Bogota and Guatemala City.
14th September 2018
Avianca opens reservations for Bogota- Santa Cruz Route
Avianca has started to offer reservations for its new flight between Bogota-Santa Cruz service which will first be available from the end of November 2018. The route will be served by the Avianca Ecuador Airbus A320 aircraft and will operate on a daily basis.
26th June 2018
Avianca pen deal with Telefonica
Avianca and Spanish broadband and telecommunications company, Telefonica, have agreed on a partnership that will last five years. With the new deal, Telefonica will assist Avianca in five different categories in the digital department — traditional voice and data connectivity, global services, digital security, infrastructure support and SDN solutions.
Senior Vice President of Digital and Technology of Avianca, Santiago Aldana, said in a conference that Avianca has been searching for the right partner to help assist them in long-planned digital transformation and Telefonica have laid out a plan that looks certain to help the Colombian based airline achieve its goals.
18th June 2018
Avianca fly from Bogotà to Chicago later this year
Avianca has added a new route to its expanding flight schedule. The Colombian airline will fly a direct service between Bogotà and Chicago from 17th November 2018. The airline will fly the service four times a week, departing Bogotà at 2.58pm and arriving in Chicago at 8.38pm. Avianca will use an Airbus A319 aircraft to carry passengers on the service — an aircraft that has the capacity to carry 120 people, with 12 business class seats available for purchase. Avianca will use the two major airports in the city to fly between the service — El Dorado International Airport (BOG), Bogota, and O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Chicago.
5th June 2018
Avianca CEO reflects on 2017 strike
Avianca CEO, Hernan Rincon, recently sat down with CNBC to discuss the impact of the strike by Avianca employees last year. The strike lasted 51 days and some flights were grounded due to a number of pilots being involved. However, one year on, Herman seemed positive about the progress that Avianca has made since the strike. He stated that Avianca was well prepared from a financial standpoint before the strike and that's one of the reasons that Avianca have reported its strongest first quarter in five years for Q12018, despite the strike.
Herman said, "this case went all the way to the supreme court and the supreme court ruled in favour of Avianca. And we're now in the process of rebuilding our routes and rebuilding our schedule. Today, we're about 95% capacity, as it compares to what it was prior to the strike and we'll be at full capacity in about three months." He continued that long-term this is a good thing for Avianca. Everyone within the airline is now at peace and the airline continues to grow.
Herman also addressed their recent decision to postpone some of their aircraft orders, "the reason we are thinking about postponing some of our orders is different. It's the fact that we have decided to retain some of the aircraft that we thought we were going to retire earlier. We've found out ways to refurbish the aircraft and extend their life, so we're retaining those. So, the growth plans are exactly the same. The timing of the deliveries is different, but only the timing. Not the amount of aircraft. Only the timing is being changed."
31st May 2018
Avianca launches two routes to Chicago
You can now make Avianca reservations to and from Chicago. As a Latin American airline, this move may have been influenced by the growing Hispanic community in the region. Avianca plans to commence nonstop routes this autumn from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to two Latin American destinations: Bogota, Colombia, and Guatemala City, Guatemala. These will be the 114th and 15th routes added to O'Hare in 2018. The flights from Bogotá to Chicago will run four times a week and will be Chigos first non-stop connection to the Colombian capital.
2nd May 2018
Avianca launch two new routes to the USA
Avianca will fly two new routes this summer, flying to both Orlando, Florida, and Boston, MA. The Colombian carrier will begin a service between San Jose, Costa Rica and Orlando starting August 2nd. The flight will run three times a week, both ways, with a stopover in Guatemala. Additionally, the airline will also fly between El Salvador and Boston four times a week, this service will start from August 17th.
17th April 2018
Avianca airlines to launch flights to Germany
Avianca, the flag carrier of Colombia, has announced that it will be landing in Germany on November 17. The company will operate five times per week from Munich to Bogota, Colombia’s capital city, and it will offer the opportunity to connect the Bavarian city with more than 20 destinations in Colombia and more than 60 in Latin America. “In Avianca, we want to connect travellers from Europe with Latin America and offer them an exceptional experience in terms of service, connectivity and comfort. We will offer our customers more than 100 destinations in The Americas and the possibility to connect with 192 countries in the world through our Star Alliance membership” said Hernan Rincon, Avianca CEO.
“Colombia is improving its connections with the world every day. The new Avianca’s route Munich-Bogota will be the first direct flight which connects Bogota, a strategic capital city for business and tourism in Latin America, with the south of Germany. Certainly, it will increase the opportunities for German travellers to visit Colombia and also will ease the connections for people from neighbouring countries such as Austria, Switzerland and Czech Republic” said Felipe Jaramillo ProColombia president.
9th April 2018
Avianca launches fourth European route
Avianca has decided to make Munich its Fourth destination in Europe, in addition to Barcelona, London and Madrid. The airline hopes to start the 9355km in November 2018 subject to government approval, with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. According to Routes Online, Star Alliance partner Lufthansa already serves the Frankfurt-Bogota route daily with Airbus A340-300s. It is understood that Avianca was considering both Munich and Frankfurt, however, the selection of Munich gives it access to Lufthansa’s vast European network without attacking the German airline’s exiting route to Colombia. Sabre data shows an estimated 122,847 passengers flew between Colombia and Germany in 2017, with the largest indirect flows on Bogota-Frankfurt, Bogota-Munich and Bogota-Berlin, mainly connecting through Madrid.
21st March 2018
Avianca Brasil launches 2nd daily flight to Miami
Avianca has announced that another daily flight between São Paulo and Miami in the USA. This is set to begin in December. The first flight commenced operations just last year and has evidently proved popular. For this expansion to take place, it is said that Avianca will need to strengthen its widebody fleet. Avianca has also confirmed a third daily flight between Guarulhos and Santiago de Chile, which will start this summer.
21st March 2018
Over 20,000 travellers will fly through Villeda Morales over Easter
More than 20,000 passengers will travel through Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport this Easter, known as Semana Santa in Honduras. They believe 30,000 international passengers and 10,000 national passengers will go through the country's terminals. Aerolíneas Sosa and Avianca are working hard to compensate for the demand as both have daily flights to Roatan and La Ceiba, popular internal tourist destinations.
16th February 2018
Avianca Brasil to make a new flight between Guarulhos and Vitoria
Avianca Brasil will commence operations in Vitória, Espírito Santo, from April 16. The airline will have twice-daily, direct flights connecting the Vitória Airport, Eurico de Aguar Salles, and the Guarulhos International Airport. The aircraft which will operate this route is an Airbus A320.
"We are very proud and optimistic to announce the arrival of Avianca Brasil in Vitória. The city was already in our growth plan and we are sure that, in addition to offering the best service, this new operation will give capixabas flights with good schedules for both leisure and business travelers." says Tarcisio Gargioni, the company's vice president. The new flights, numbered 6131 and 6333, will depart from Vitória at 10:05 and 7:45 p.m., arriving in Guarulhos at 11:40 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. respectively. Conversely, flights 6130 and 6132 will depart from São Paulo at 8:10 p.m. and 5:35 p.m., landing in the capital of Espírito Santo at 11:40 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.
The Airbus A320 aircraft are configured to comfortably transport 162 passengers in a single class, with ample space between the seats and on-board entertainment system with individual screen. In addition to the attentive on-board staff, the company will also offer snacks and drinks.
19th January 2018
Avianca becomes first Airbus A330-300 operator in Latin America
Colombian flag-carrier Avianca will add two second-hand Airbus A330-300 widebody aircraft within the first half of 2018, making the company the first Latin American operator of the type.
The aircraft are to be received from TransAsia Airways, along with two additional Airbus A321ceo aircraft. The Taiwanese carrier had to sell part of its fleet amid financial difficulties after suffering two accidents within the span of seven months. In April 2017, TransAsia announced the sale, for an amount of 364 million U.S. dollars, to an undisclosed buyer. However, after several delays, airline administrators decided to continue the transaction, but with Avianca, which was placed as the second best offer for the aircraft.
The two A330-300, formerly registered as B-22101 with serial number 1357 and B-22102 with serial number 1378, are both equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 and will receive Avianca registration N803AV and N804AV, respectively. TransAsia Airways’ A321s, previously registered as B-22608 with serial number 6009 and B-22610 with serial number 6294, will adopt N805AV y N810AV. As per Colombian law, aircraft registrations are made with the United States Federal Aviation Administration.
Both A330-300s will take the current role of the company’s Boeing 787 fleet, covering continental routes, while allowing Avianca to use the Dreamliner for the European and overseas market. In 2018, Avianca also expects to open a new Bogota to Munich route. The -300 series is the Airbus 330’s largest version, as it can accommodate up to 440 passengers, but is typically configured in 277 to 390 seat layout. Currently, Avianca’s A330-200 fleet can accommodate 244 passengers in a two-class configuration. Its capacity is not far from its substitute, the 787-8 Dreamliner, seating 250 passengers.
TThis addition will allow the Colombian carrier to transfer two of its A330-200 aircraft to its sister airline Avianca Brasil, which is resuming its international expansion after Brazil’s economic recession. The goal of these two aircraft is to reinforce its popular London route.
5th January 2018
Avianca Unveils New In-Flight Entertainment System on A318 Fleet
TAvianca has introduced a new wireless-based in-flight entertainment system on its fleet of Airbus A318 aircraft, the leading Colombian airline announced this week. The platform allows travelers to use their personal devices, including mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, to connect to the plane’s offerings of movies, television shows, and music. Fliers can also reference the flight map during the route.
To access the system, fliers can download the “Avianca Entertainment” app and then use the plane’s WiFi system to connect. It is also accessible through Avianca.com through an internet browser once connected. The functionality is currently available on nine aircraft and will be installed within 10 Airbus A320 aircraft in the near future, says the Bogotá-based carrier.
27th November 2017
Avianca Argentina Launches Flights
New carrier Avianca Argentina launched its first flight Nov. 21 from the close-in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery here to Rosario, Argentina’s third-largest city. The airline is starting the route with twice-daily service between the cities, and could double frequencies around March 2018 when the travel season picks up,
1st November 2017
Avianca Airlines acquires Colombian groundhandling firm, SAI
Avianca Holdings has announced it has acquired 90% of Servicios Aeroportuarios Integrados (SAI), a Colombian gorundhandling services specialist with a presence at each of Bogotá, Cali, Medellín José Maria Córdova, Cartagena de Indias, and Armenia airports. The transaction closed on October 17 for an undisclosed amount. Avianca Holdings said in a statement the purchase forms part of its growth and income diversification strategy. As such, it will now have its own specialized airport ground services company, which controls 18.5% of the Colombian market.
3rd October 2017
Avianca Airlines and Sabre renew technology partnership
Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, today announced a renewed partnership with Avianca for Sabre AirCentre Flight Explorer, its comprehensive flight tracking and monitoring solution. In conjunction with Flight Explorer, Avianca will utilize the Surface Manager module to provide full awareness of aircraft location on the ground, even before takeoff and after landing.
Flight Explorer streamlines data delivery, allows for intuitive flight management, enables integrated flight planning and allows users to set advanced, flight-specific thresholds based on industry or company requirements. Flight Explorer also streamlines route analysis through graphical route displays that include real-time data such as weather and airspace restrictions. These capabilities help Avianca make decisions based on the most current data, ultimately saving on costs and minimizing disruptions which results in a better passenger experience.
Flight tracking is not a new concept. Before computers, airlines used flight plans to manually estimate locations at given times, but since then flight tracking technology has advanced to incorporate more sophisticated data – not only aircraft position but additional data such as weather and air traffic control information. Flight Explorer can easily adapt to include incremental data sources as they became available, meaning Flight Explorer is uniquely positioned to accommodate evolving industry recommendations and expanding data sources as the need arises.
"We are proud to continue our partnership and help Avianca adapt internal processes to meet increasingly complex company and regulatory requirements," said Vinit Doshi, chief marketing officer, Sabre Airline Solutions. "Flight Explorer delivers industry leading monitoring capabilities and does so without burdening the technology teams or end users."
Avianca will also rely on Flight Explorer's Surface Manager module for gate-to-gate monitoring, which delivers even more comprehensive decision support, improves efficiency and reduces the risk of error. "Flight Explorer simplifies our route analysis with real-time data such as weather and airspace restrictions, allowing us to make quicker decisions and offer a better travel experience to our customers," said Miguel Montoya, senior vice president of technique and operations at Avianca.
About Avianca Holdings S.A.
Avianca Holdings S.A. comprises the airlines: Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. Avianca (Avianca), Tampa Cargo S.A.S. , incorporated in Colombia, Aerolineas Galapagos S.A. - Aerogal, incorporated in Ecuador, and the TACA Group companies: TACA International Airlines S.A., incorporated in El Salvador, Lineas Aereas Costarricenses S.A., LACSA, incorporated in Costa Rica, Trans Américan Airlines S.A., incorporated in Perú, Servicios Aéreos Nacionales S.A., SANSA, incorporated in Costa Rica, Aerotaxis La Costeña S.A., incorporated in Nicaragua, Isleña de Inversiones S.A. de C.V., ISLEÑA, incorporated in Honduras and Aviateca S.A., incorporated in Guatemala.
13th September 2017
Avianca expands Sao Paulo flights from December 2017
Avianca starting December 2017 plans to introduce additional daily frequency for Bogota – Sao Paulo Guarulhos route. From 01DEC17, the airline will introduce new morning departure from Bogota, evening from Sao Paulo, as 3rd daily flight. This route is operated by Avianca A330-200 aircraft.
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Avianca plans to add two new European points
Avianca expects to add two new European destinations in the coming months, as it sees strong demand in its international network. Avianca currently serves London Heathrow, Madrid and Barcelona. Rincon expects the fourth European destination to be added later this year, and the fifth in early 2018. Avianca is considering flights to Paris and Rome. No airline flies nonstop to Bogota from either Munich or Rome, FlightGlobal schedules data show. Air France operates between Bogota and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Avianca's Europe routes were the strongest performer across its network in the second quarter, posting a load factor of 85.5%. The airline also saw strength in its flights to North America and to other South American countries where it does not have a domestic presence. Later this year, Avianca will grow on international flights within South America. It will launch nonstop service between Lima and Cordoba in November, and is awaiting Bolivian regulatory approval to begin flights between Bogota and Santa Cruz in October. LATAM Airlines Group operates between Lima and Cordoba, FlightGlobal schedules data show. No airline flies between Bogota and Santa Cruz.
Avianca and Singapore Airlines to codeshare
Star Alliance partners Avianca and Singapore Airlines will begin codesharing on certain routes, the airlines said Aug. 14. The partnership will cover the carriers’ flights to Barcelona, Spain, and London Heathrow Airport. Singapore Airlines serves those cities from its hub at Singapore Changi Airport, and Avianca flies to both destinations from Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport. The two carriers will place their respective codes on each other’s routes.
Avianca (AV, Bogotá) boss, Hernan Rincon, has told Bloomberg that the airline has the go-ahead for a USD200 million capital increase.
"We are planning a capital increase of $200 million. That capital increase has been given the green light by the board of directors, and we are now in the process of doing all the legal and financial to raise capital." As previously reported, the cash injection will come from Avianca's Brazilian parent, Synergy Aerospace.
Avianca is currently facing some legal issues over its proposed tie-up with United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare), with its second largest shareholder protesting the move. Kingsland has filed a suit against Avianca, saying that the merger will personally benefit Synergy, and Synergy's owner German Efromovich. Rincon dismissed the case, calling it completely baseless. He added that the negotiations with United are going well.
"We meet on a weekly basis," he said, regarding the United deal. "We have made great progress. And we believe, we're aspiring to close the agreement in this year."
In the interview, Rincon also highlighted Avianca's commitment to improving its digital offering.
"We are transforming Avianca into a digital company that flies aircraft. And at the same time, we are building one of the top two airlines Latin American-wide, serving the whole continent," he sai d