A ribbon cutting (pulling) ceremony was held to officially welcome Avianca to Iguassu Falls on 6 March. Charging the ceremony were: Gilberto Piola, Superintendent of Social Communication of Itaipu; Tarcisio Gargioni, VP of Avianca Brasil; Frederico Pedreira, CEO of Avianca Brasil; and Lourenço Kuerten, Tourism of Foz do Iguaçu. Once the ribbon had been pulled, it was then time for the four to toast the new service with a fizzy glass of champagne.
- Avianca launched flights between Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and Iguassu Falls (IGU) on 6 March. The Star Alliance member will offer a daily service on the 845-kilometre sector on its fleet of A320s. Avianca will face direct competition on the route from LATAM Airlines and GOL, with both combined already offering 38 weekly flights on the airport pair. It should be noted that both LATAM Airlines and GOL also link Iguassu Falls with Sao Paulo Congonhas, while Azul Airlines provides flights between Iguassu Falls and Sao Paulo Viracopos. Overall Avianca’s new link between Guarulhos and Iguassu Falls occupies 9.4% of weekly seats on the city pair, with LATAM having 44%, GOL 34% and Azul Airlines 13%. This is currently Avianca’s only route to Iguassu Falls. However, Frederico Pedreira, CEO of Avianca Brasil, said at the launch that in early May the company will operate two more flights from the airport. One of them will reinforce the link to Guarulhos (meaning service will increase to twice-daily) and the other will be to Rio de Janeiro. Pedreira said the new connection to Rio de Janeiro will be daily. See how Iguassu Falls Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.