HAVANA, Feb 1. Avianca, the leading airline in Colombia, has requested permission from Civil Aeronautics to resume its route from Bogotá to Havana, local media reported.With this move, Avianca would enter direct competition with Wingo, the only airline that currently offers direct flights from Bogotá to the Cuban capital. Avianca is expected to operate a daily flight to Havana once authorization is granted.
The Bogotá-Havana route was operated by Avianca until March 2020, when it was interrupted due to the pandemic. Now, the Colombian airline plans to resume its flights to Havana using its Airbus aircraft, while Wingo continues to operate five weekly flights on Boeing 737-800.
In addition, Avianca has requested permission to reopen its flights from Medellín/Rionegro to San José, Costa Rica, and Pasto. For these routes, the airline plans to use its Airbus A319, A320ceo and A320neo aircraft, which have capacities of between 156 and 174 passengers.
To strengthen its route network in the regional market by 2024, Avianca has already obtained approval to increase its operation in Argentina with a third daily flight to Buenos Aires. In addition, the airline hopes to open a new route between Guayaquil and San Andrés.