On 1 August Orlando Airport celebrated the launch of Avianca route from Lima, while services to Guatemala City and … were also added to the airline’s schedule. Pictured with the US airport’s Lima route launch cake are: Aristides Luna, Regional Manager, South US Sales, Avianca; Mauricio Cordero, Airports Director, North America, Avianca; Juan Carlos Ibarra, Honorary Consul of Peru in Orlando; Jerry Harris, Assistant Director, Marketing & Air Service Development, Orlando Airport; and Ivette Cruz, Orlando Station Manager, Avianca.
On 2 August Avianca launched flights from Guatemala City to Orlando. Seen cutting the ribbon to officially open the route at the former airport are: Juan Pablo Nieto, Deputy Director of Inguat; Jorge Mario Chajón, Director of Inguat; and Reyna Mejía, Commercial Director for Central America and Mexico, Avianca.
- Avianca launched three new services to Orlando, FL. (MCO) from Guatemala City (GUA) and Lima (LIM) and San Salvador (SAL) this week. The former two launched on 1 August, while the latter was inaugurated the following day. The routes to Guatemala City and San Salvador will operate three times weekly, while Lima sees a daily rotation. All three services will be flown using the carrier’s fleet of A319s. The Guatemala route spans 1806 kilometres, while the San Salvador leg spans a distance of 1,848 kilometres. Neither of these services will face direct competition. LATAM Airlines will provide competing services on the 4,516-kilometre Lima route, with it too offering passengers a daily service. All three routes are expected to operate year-round, with the Guatemala City service last being operated in January 2012 according to OAG Schedules Analyser. Speaking at the launch, Phil Brown, CEO of Greater Orlando Aviation Authority stated: “Central Florida’s appeal as a global destination continues to grow as we welcome the airline’s newest services. We applaud the carrier’s vision to establish further economic and cultural connections between Orlando and these desirable destinations.” With these launches, it brings to four the number of routes that the Star Alliance member operates into Orlando, with it already providing a daily A321-operated service from Bogota. See how Orlando Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.