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Latin American airlines accelerate digital strategy to overcome pandemic

(Q BUSINESS) Latin American airlines are accelerating their digitization processes to reduce contact with passengers in various processes when traveling. During a forum organized by the Air Transport Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (ALTA), representatives of Aeroméxico, Copa Airlines, Avianca, and Latam Airlines...

Will there be cheap tickets when airports reopen?

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica remains firm on August 1 as the date when the international airports Juan Santamaría (SJO) in San Jose and Daniel Oduber (LIR) in Liberia will reopen. Of course, there will be a series of restrictions, that could include allowed destinations, for tourists...

Pandemic Travel (photos)

From Avianca on Twitter, a look at what international travel. Click here for the latest on Which airlines are arriving and departing from Costa Rica and which are not?

Who does Avianca owe? Will it survice it’s latest financial crisis?

(QCOSTARICA) With debts exceeding US$7 billion dollars, Avianca Holdings filed on Sunday, May 10, for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in a court in New York. The request would protect the airline from its multiple creditors while reorganizing its operations and improving its financial situation, which had...

Despite filing chapter 11 in the U.S., Avianca tells its customers “it’s business as usual”

(QCOSTARICA) On Sunday, the Colombian airline, Avianca, filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States, to reorganize its debt “due to the unpredictable impact” of the coronavirus pandemic. No word from the airline how the filing affects its Costa Rica operations, Avianca Costa Rica, formerly...

Avianca Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in US

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – Avianca, the second-largest airline in Latin America, filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States on Sunday to reorganize its debt “due to the unpredictable impact” of the coronavirus pandemic. n a statement issued in Bogota, Avianca said that along with “some...

Covid-19: American Airlines suspends flights in Costa Rica

American Airlines announced Tuesday it will suspend all flights to and from Costa Rica as of Thursday, March 26, in the framework of the global pandemic by COVID-19. The airline said in a statement, flights to and from Costa Rica will resume on May 6. "The...

Emergency In Avianca’s San Jose – Bogota Flight

An Avianca flight that took off from Costa Rica and headed for Bogotá, Colombia, had to land emergency at the Tocumen airport, Panama, Thursday morning. According to the airline, the captain of the aircraft identified an alert in one of the systems and decided to...

Costa Rican pilots worried about air safety, layoffs and route closure

Air safety for pilots and crew members, job stability and suspensions of national routes are part of a list of concerns outsourced by the Asociación Costarricense de Pilotos Aviadores (ACPA) - Costa Rican Association of Aviator Pilots - to the Government. The union is going...

100 Years Of Avianca

Colombia will be preparing for festivities as Avianca will celebrate its 100th birthday on December 5th, 2019. The Colombian airline is the second oldest in the world with a rich history that dates back to the early 20th century. Avianca was founded in the form...

Avianca cancels 25 unprofitable routes

The cancellation of 25 unprofitable routes and the sale of 24 aircraft are part of Avianca's transformation plan, with which it intends to optimize resources and be more competitive. The airline's parent company efforts are focused on re-profiling its debt and consolidating the capital structure...

What’s happening at Avianca?

W Radio reported that, on Thursday (August 15, 2019), the company's shares fell 10% on the Colombian Stock Exchange and 5% on the New York Stock Exchange. "There are very strong rumors of the ‘shock’ operation that would occur at this time to save Avianca,"...

VIP Lounges At the San Jose Airport

Leaving Costa Rica by way of the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), known as the San Jose Airport, means long waits to your fight. Rules at the airport require check-in at the airline counter of at least one hour, though most airlines recommend two...

Avianca announces reorganization and layoffs in its Costa Rica operation

The Colombian airline, Avianca, confirmed on Monday that it will make layoffs in its operation in Costa Rica, without detailing the number of workers that will be affected The company attributed the decision to a corporate transformation plan that "adjusted its route network and reorganized...

Avianca Suspends 11 Routes in Central America, Colombia and US

As part of the restructuring to seek profitability, faced with a more complex environment for its operation, Avianca announced the suspension of 11 international routes from different cities in which it operates, both in Colombia, Central America and the United States. According to the parent...

The United – Avianca – Copa Alliance

After a process that took two years, on November 30, the airlines Avianca  (Colombia), United (U.S.) and Copa (Panama) signed a commercial alliance, will allow the three to share revenue from flights and coordinate schedules. Avianca, Copa and United are already tied through a code-sharing...

Avianca’s New A320neo Will Have Costa Rica As Its Home

One of Avianca's the new Airbus A320neo planes will have Costa Rica as its home, for which it will carry the Costa Rica tail number, as acknowledged by that airline, which will present the aircraft on July 19 at San Jose's Juan Santamaría international...

Venezuela Running Out of Fuel for Air Travel, Leaked Memo Reveals

A newly released memo from Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, PDVSA, reveals the country lacks enough fuel to meet the demands of all aircrafts currently in operation. A memo sent by a PDVSA official to the Bolivariana de Aeropuertos and National Institute of Civil Aeronautics on...

Deadline Expires for Striking Avianca Pilots in Colombia

This Monday was the deadline for striking Avianca pilots, who are still in the process of being reinstated, to return to their jobs. Avianca, Colombia’s national airline, released a document directed to the Colombian Association of Civil Aviators (ACDAC) which finalized details of the possible...

Avianca In Colombia Remains Grounded After Talks Collapse

Talks to end a strike by the largest pilots’ union at Colombia’s flagship airline Avianca were suspended after failure to reach agreement on wages and benefits, the two sides said on Wednesday, extending an indefinite walkout that has left travelers grounded. On Thursday, the Colombian...

Latam And Avianca In A Battle For The Skies

Over the past couple of decades, consolidation and bankruptcies have reshaped the airline industry in North America. Historic brands such as TWA, Continental, Northwest, and US Air have gone away, with new ones like JetBlue and Virgin America coming on strong. The same can be...

New San José – Mexico Direct Flight For $99

Starting September 14, the low-cost Mexican airline Volaris it will start operating three weekly flights between the San Jose's Juan Santamaría (SJO) and Mexico City's Benito Juarez International (MEX)‎. On Monday, August 7, the airline announced the cost at US$99 one way, (US$198 return) including all taxes,...

Avianca Suspends Venezuela Flights Starting Today

Colombia’s airline had originally announced the suspension of flights would be starting August 16. Today it said the suspension is immediate. Avianca suspended its Venezuela flights from today (Thursday, July 27), ending service abruptly to the crisis-ridden country instead of withdrawing on August 16 as...

Avianca Cuts 91 Jobs In Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA - The Colombian airline, Avianca, is cutting back its operations in Costa Rica with the layoff of 91 employees, as part of the airline's reorganization process for greater efficiency and productivity. According to a press release, the airline has decided to centralize...

Low-cost Airlines Push Down Regional Fares

Q COSTA RICA TRAVEL - Aggressive strategies by low-cost carriers are poised to overthrow the region's established airline order. Low-cost airlines flying to and from Costa Rica are now offering never-seen-before rates of less than US$100 to a Central American destination. The Instituto Costarricense de...

WINGO: Low-Cost Airline From Costa Rica To Panama Takes To The Skies Dec. 1

(QCOSTARICA) Wingo is the name of the new low-cost airline that will connect Costa Rica with Guatemala and Panama starting on December 1, 2016. The announcement by the airline owned by Copa Holdings which also owns Copa Airlines was made on Friday, with the start...

Hurricane Matthew Grounds Flights To and From Costa Rica and Florida

(QCOSTARICA) Travel to and from Costa Rica is once again interrupted, this time not by Turrialba volcano, but by hurricane Matthew. The storm that killed 25 people in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti, is now hitting the southeast United States, where up to 1.5 million...

United And Delta Possible Avianca Suitors

QCOSTARICA - United and Delta are evaluating the possible purchase of Avianca, as the Latin American airline explores strategic options for a full or partial sale. According to Bloomberg, Avianca, Colombia’s largest airline, said in May it would cut aircraft deliveries from Airbus by US$1.4...

Avianca Cuts Prices To Colombia From San Jose Up to 50%

QCOSTARICA TRAVEL - Colombia’s largest airline, Avianca, said on Tuesday that it will cut prices of international tickets to 25 destinations within the South American country by 15 to 50%. A flight from San Jose to Bogota, Medellin or Cali is now US$429. The price...

Avianca Begins Direct Flights Between San Jose And San Andres

(QCOSTARICA) Starting last Friday, the Colombian airline, Avianca, is now offering three weekly direct flights to the Caribbean island of San Andres. The flights leave the San Jose International airport at 11:50am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, arriving a the Colombian island at 2:09pm. The...

Airlines Are Literally Taking Advantage of Us in Central America

(TICO BULL) I am at a complete loss, maybe someone can explained it me. Looking over the latest Avianca Airlines special "Cyberlunes", it is cheaper to fly from Colombia to everywhere than to San Jose, Costa Rica and Central America. Let me give you some...

Avianca Announces US$299 San Jose – San Andres Direct Flights

QCOSTARICA TRAVEL - At a cost of only US$299, the Colombian airline Avianca will starting in July take you from San Jose to the Colombian island of San Andrés and back, with three weekly flights. The special price is available for purchase between May 15 and...

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