Avianca El Salvador is an airline in El Salvador and the only international airline in the country. The airline is based at Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) and flies to more than 20& destinations across the Americas.
The airline launched as the El Salvador branch of TACA airlines in the 1930s. Initially, TACA had a plan to run an airline in each Latin-American country. However, after 10 years of flying, all of TACA& airlines created went out of business and the El Salvador version of the airline was the only one that survived. As a result, in 1945, the surviving TACA Airlines moved its base to El Salvador to operate all flights from there and became the national carrier of the country.
In the years following, the airline grew significantly, creating several subsidiaries that flew to many different destinations across the Americas. In 2009, the airline merged with Avianca and by 2013, the merger was complete. Upon the merger, TACA was renamed as Avianca El Salvador, which is what it's known as today. The airline kept all of its routes and has continued to expand and grow as the main airline in El Salvador ever since.
Passengers are entitled to one item of carry-on baggage, with a maximum weight of 10 kg.
In addition to this, passengers can bring one personal item, such as a small backpack, laptop bag, handbag or item of the equivalent size.
The amount of free checked baggage will depend on the route flown and the fare type selected. However, generally, passengers are entitled to one item of free checked baggage with a maximum weight of 23 kg on most flights with the standard fare selected.
Some cheaper fares will require you to purchase baggage at an extra cost.
Avianca El Salvador offers two types class types: Economy Class and Business Class.
Economy Class is Avianca El Salvador's standard cabin class. It offers great value, a clean and comfortable cabin and a professional service carried out by the airline's expertly trained cabin crew.
Seats are set out in a 3 x 3 formation and give the standard amount of pitch and legroom for planes within the Airbus A320 family.
Business Class is the airline's most premium cabin class, with a luxury service carried out by the airline's dedicated and exclusive cabin crew.
Business Class seats are set out in a 2 x 2 formation and are wider and more cushioned than seats in Economy.
In-flight entertainment, such as films, TV shows and games isn't available on any flights operated by Avianca El Salvador. However, each passenger is given their own copy of the airline in-flight magazine on every flight.
Passengers can connect their personal electronic devices to Avianca El Salvador''s in-flight WIFI network. The WIFI network can be connected to once in-flight, with prices displayed at the time of purchase.
Food and drink is available to order on all flights, with a variety of snacks, drinks and hot meals ready to order.
In Business Class, food and drink is complimentary and included within the price of the ticket.
Online check-in is open from 24 hours before scheduled flight departure time. Online check-in can be completed by visiting the Avianca online check-in page, clicking on the 'online check-in' tab and entering their booking code and date of departure.
Airport check-in can be completed by visiting one of the airport check-in desks at the airport that the flight is departing from. Airport check-in closes 60 minutes before scheduled flight departure time. It's recommended that passengers arrive at the airport at least three hours before scheduled flight departure time if they want to check-in at the airport. This will allow enough time for check-in, baggage drop, passing through security and boarding.
LifeMiles is Avianca El Salvador's frequent flyer program that allows passengers to earn miles on each flight flown and redeem those miles to pay for flights in the future. In addition to this, passengers can enjoy a range of other benefits, such as additional baggage allowance, priority check-in and more.
Avianca El Salvador flies to many destinations across North, South and Central America. This includes destinations such as Bogotá, San Jose, Tegucigalpa, Canún, Lima, Miami, New York City and many more.
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El Salvador International Airport is the main international airport in El Salvador and the hub airport for Avianca El Salvador. The airport has one terminal building, one runway and handles over three million passengers each year.
The airline has been using El Salvador International Airport as its hub since it opened in 1980. The only other airline that bases itself at El Salvador International is Volaris El Salvador. Other airlines that fly to and from the airport include Air Transat, Iberia, Interjet, TAG and United Airlines.
As of February 2023, Avianca El Salvador operates its flights with the following aircraft in its fleet:
The airline's parent company, Avianca, has 100 orders of the Airbus A320neos - some of these will likely be handed over to Avianca El Salvador.