Last week it was announced that the parent companies of Colombian flag-carrier Avianca and TACA would create a new company which would manage both airlines. With a combined fleet of around 120 aircraft it would become a major player in the region. El Salvdaor based TACA (and its subsidiaries in Peru and Costa Rica) have a predominantly Airbus fleet while Avianca has a mix of Airbus, Boeing and Fokker aircraft.
|Avianca (including SAM)||TACA (including LACSA)|
|Widebody||4 A330, 4 767|
|Narrowbody||4 A319, 10 A320, 5 757, 8 MD83||15 A319, 22 A320, 8 A321|
|Regional||15 F100, 10 F50||11 E190|
Bogota the biggest base but two US airports among top 12
An analysis of current schedule data for the two airline groups reveals that Bogota is by far the biggest base for the combined carrier with more flights, seats and routes than any other airport. Although the new airline has identified Bogota, Lima, San Jose and San Salvador as the major hubs, it is worth noting that in terms of seat capacity Cali and Medellin in Colombia are also very busy airports for the carrier, though with far fewer non-stop routes. Avianca operates over 120 weekly departures to both of these airports from its Bogota base.
|Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 5 October 2009|
Miami ranks as the combined carrier’s eighth busiest airport with daily services to 10 different airports in Central America; five in Colombia, plus one each in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. New York JFK is served from four separate airports.
The only destinations in Europe that are currently served are Barcelona and Madrid, both of which are served by Avianca from Bogota. Madrid is also served non-stop from Cali. According to OAG data a total of 65 airports are currently served by the merged Avianca, TACA and TACA Costa Rica (LACSA).