Avianca has been the national airline carrier of Colombia since 1919. It is the largest airline in Colombia and the second largest in Latin America. Avianca is part of the Synergy Group that incorporates Ocean Air (Brazil) and VIP (Ecuador). With its subsidiaries which include Avianca Brasil and Avianca Costa Rica, Avianca has the most extensive network of destinations in Latin America and is one of the main airlines connecting South America with the rest of the world. Operating from its hub in Bogotá to over 25 destinations in Colombia, and more than 40 destinations in the Americas and Europe. In 2019, the airline is celebrating its 100th anniversary oldest continuously operating airline in the Western Hemisphere.
In 2009, Avianca merged with TACA and took on several of its routes and services. This marked one of the biggest airline mergers in history, as TACA was historically one of South America's largest airlines. However, since 2013, TACA has been operating as Avianca El Salvador. Avianca also had a Peruvian subsidiary called Avianca Peru, however, this airline ceased operations in 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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With Avianca, passengers are entitled to one item of free carry-on baggage and one personal item. Checked baggage is also purchasable. Keep reading to find out what weight restrictions you'll need to follow for your baggage with Avianca.
Passengers are entitled to one item of free carry-on baggage and one free personal item. 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.
Passengers in Economy Class are entitled to one item of free checked baggage. Checked baggage must not exceed the dimensions of 158cm and must be no heavier than 23kg. Those flying in 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 has 2 cabin classes - Economy and Business. Each class has its own benefits, services and facilities. Keep reading to find out what your onboard experience will be like in each Avianca cabin class.
Economy class is the airline's lowest-cost cabin class. You can choose between the Economy Class fares — Super Promo, Econo and Flexi. While the inflight facilities and seating is the same with each fare, passengers do receive other perks when purchasing a higher-priced fare, such as seat-pre selection and free cancellations and changes.
Economy Class Facilities
Economy Class offers a wide range of inflight entertainment, as well as a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, depending on the time of the day that you fly. Avianca's cuisines are made using top-quality ingredients. Some of the flights have a starter, hot plate options and dessert. Menus are also adapted to your special requirements at no additional cost
Economy Class Seats
Economy Class offers comfortable seats with legroom. On long-haul flights, a personal TV is fitted to each seat.
The airline doesn't have a Premium Economy Class. Passengers that would like to upgrade from Economy should consider the airlines' Business Class.
Passengers who have booked Economy Class have the option to upgrade via Aerovias’ Plusgrade Auction System, or, alternatively, last-minute at the airport if there are seats still available in Business Class.
Business Class Facilities
Benefits of travelling as a Business Class passenger include priority boarding, VIP lounges, two pieces of baggage allowance, a special food and drink selection on-board, and priority baggage tagging so that your baggage will be ready to pick us up as soon as possible upon arrival.
What are Business Class Seats Like?
The comfortable Business seating will recline to a sleeping position, and personal touchscreen TVs are provided. Amenities also include a pillow and blanket, shoe bags, a travel kit, plenty of storage space, seat and light controls, USB port and an international plug.
The airline doesn't have a First Class cabin. Business Class is the airlines' highest-tier of cabin class.
Avianca provides in-flight entertainment in the form of TV shows, movies, music and an interactive flight map to keep you entertained throughout your flight. Wi-Fi is also available to purchase onboard.
The airline 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, The airline also has an app, called ‘Avianca Entertainment’ which can be downloaded to passengers personal mobiles, computers or tablets where the same entertainment can be accessed.
The airline provides power outlets for passengers to charge their personal devices. This service is not available on Airbus A318 or Embraer 190 Aircraft.
Passengers can enjoy high-speed WiFi, with prices displayed to them once connected to their network, where passengers can choose their payment option.
Online and airport check-in is available for Avianca flights. Opening and closing times vary.
Passengers have the opportunity to check in for their flight using our online check-in page. From there, click on the airline 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.
To check-in at the airport, Avianca state that passengers must arrive at the check-in counters at least three hours before the flight if flying internationally and at least one hour before their flight if flying domestically. The airline also gives the option for passengers to check in using self-service kiosks at the airport. Passengers must simply enter their details into the self-service kiosk and print their boarding pass at the airport. Passengers can check in on all flights using a self-service kiosk 24 hours before their flight.
If flying domestically within Colombia and Peru, check-in using the self-service kiosk closes 35 minutes before the scheduled flight departure time. If flying domestically within Ecuador, self-service kiosks are available for check-in up until 35 minutes before the scheduled flight departure time. If flying anywhere else, kiosks close one hour before your flight departure time.
With Avianca's frequent flyer program you can earn and redeem miles and take advantage of all the services they have on offer to its seven million members. Avianca offers LifeMiles Silver, Gold Elite and Diamond Element Programs to its members.
Avianca is currently a member of Star Alliance - a network of leading global airlines.
Avianca is a member of Star Alliance who is the world’s leading alliance of airlines. If you are a member of any Star Alliance frequent flyer program you can receive and redeem miles and gives you entry to over 1,000 VIP lounges worldwide and connections to more than 1,000 destinations in over 100 countries. Gold Elite and Silver Star Alliance members have access to a variety of add-ons such as priority check-in and priority baggage handling.
Avianca offers a number of special services to its passengers. Please see below the following services it offers.
If you require wheelchair assistance at the airport, you must speak to Avianca of this at the time of your booking. You can request this service by getting through to the airline's offices; or the Alternative Airlines customer service team if you have booked through our website. For more information on this please see our wheelchair assistance page.
You should use this service if a child from the ages of 5 and 11 travels to any domestic or international destinations. Persons between the ages of 12 and 17 are permitted to travel unaccompanied. For more information see our Unaccompanied minors page.
You may be asked to show certain medical forms before flying. For your own safety of the child, Avianca advises 28 weeks pregnant mothers are at high-risk. For more information on this please click here.
Take them with you in the cockpit or in the hold of the plane. For transport, you must present the health inspection certificate and meet the requirements of the destination. For more information see our flying with pets page.
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 is the largest foreign carrier based in Colombia, flying to over 180 destinations in 27 countries around the world, including in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the U.S. Click below to find out all the destinations Avianca flies to.
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Avianca has a large fleet predominantly made up of Airbus aircraft, although it does a number of Boeing, Cessna and Embraer aircraft as well. It has over 35 Airbus A320-200, which makes up the majority of its fleet.
El Dorado International Airport (BOG) is the airport hub for Avianca. The airline has been based at El Dorado international since 1998. With El Dorado International, the Colombian carrier 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, TAC Colombia and Copa.
The airline offers a number of direct flights from Bogotà to international destinations outside of South America. Some of its key direct services to fly to Colombia from London, Munich, Madrid and Barcelona. Alternatively, connections to Colombia can be made through major gateways in the US (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and New York). Here's a list of which countries that the airline offers direct flights to in each continent.
Europe: Barcelona, Florencia, London, Madrid.
North America: Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New York, Orlando, Washington.
Central America: Cancun, Guatemala, Mexico City, Panama, Punta Cana, San Juan, Santo Domingo.
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