TAME’s CEO, Rafael Ferías, travelled from Quito in Ecuador to the Colombian capital, Bogota, onboard the airline's maiden flight. Subject to regulatory approvals, TAME is planning for significant network expansion in the region through 2013.
- On 9 July, Ecuador’s flag carrier, TAME commenced services on the route from its base in Quito (UIO) to Bogotá (BOG). Services on the 700-kilometre route between the Ecuadorian and Colombian capitals are offered with daily frequencies and are operated using mixed equipment from the A320 family. Rafael Ferías, TAME’s CEO, said: “We are awaiting the final go-ahead for cargo operation in Colombia and the aircraft type deployed will depend on actual passenger and cargo bookings. Once cleared by the Venezuelan authorities, the operation will be extended to Caracas later in the year”. Other carriers operating services on the route are Avianca and Copa, which offer four daily and daily services respectively. In 2011, with 270,000 visitors, Colombia was the biggest origin market for the Ecuadorian travel industry, and the country’s government would like to see the number grow further.