SAN SALVADOR,El Salvador–El Salvador International Airport (also known as Comalapa International Airport) will be upgraded in the next years to become the most important connecting hub north of Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport. The government office that handles the international terminal, CEPA (Comision Ejecutiva Portuaria Autonoma) is reaching an agreement with the State of Maryland that will support the development of several projects that include the construction of new terminals and the revamping of the existing one. On December 9th the Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley and the President of CEPA Alberto Arene signed a MOW in San Salvador. Avianca Airlines (former TACA Airlines) closed its Costa Rica hub last May and transferred most of the flight operations to Comalapa International Airport. The new start-up LCC airline VECA Airways has also chosen Comalapa International Airport as its home base. The new Salvadorian carrier will start services in 2014 between San Salvador and all the Central American capitals with two Airbus A-320s.
MEDELLIN,Colombia–Low Cost Carrier VIVA COLOMBIA will start international services in 2014. The airline plans to service Panama City, Mexico City and Cancun from its base at Medellin International Airport. The information was provided by Declan Ryan, the son of the founder of Ryan Air and cofounder of the Colombian LCC. VIVA COLOMBIA has become one of the most important airlines in Colombia, offering a excellent domestic fares within the country. Colombia’s domestic flights have been in control of Avianca, Copa Colombia (former AeroRepublica) and LAN Colombia (former Aires). Future international services from Medellin include Costa Rica and Peru.
SAN PEDRO SULA,Honduras–Several hotel executives, Honduran incoming tour operators and the Minister of Tourism are currently organizing a meeting with Avianca’s upper management in Bogota for the first months of 2014. The group is hoping that Avianca will keep opening non-stop flights from the Bogota Hub into San Pedro-Sula and Coxen Hole in Roatan using Airbus A-318 jetliners. Avianca already operates non-stop flights from Bogota El Dorado International Airport to Panama City, San Jose, San Salvador and Guatemala City.
MADRID,Spain–October 15th. Iberia Airlines launched its new image and livery. Since 1978 the airline had used its prior image, a white fuselage, three accent stripes (red,orange and yellow) and the stylized “IB” in the tail. The new corporate image is modern and it is expected to reflect the new Iberia (with British Airways both carriers are owned by International Airlines Group). In 2013 Iberia suspeded its services to Havana and San Juan. The airline operates from Madrid to Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boston, New York-JFK, Mexico City, Guatemala City, San Salvador, San Jose, Panama City and the most important cities of South America.
BOGOTA, Colombia. — Avianca, the Colombia-based airline, has taken delivery of its first Sharklet equipped Airbus A-320 becoming the first Latin American carrier to take benefit of the new fuel-saving wing-tip devices. The A-320, powered by CFM engines, was delivered in Toulouse, France. Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall. They are an option on new-build A-320 Family aircraft and allow Airbus’ airline customers to reduce fuel burn by up to four per cent and CO2 emissions by approximately 1,000 tons per aircraft and year. Sharklets offer operators the flexibility of either adding an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms. “With the delivery of this new aircraft equipped with Sharklets, Avianca advances the process of modernizing its fleet, while improving efficiency, reducing fuel burn and increasing range,” said Fabio Villegas, CEO of Avianca. “With the Sharklets, Avianca will be the first airline in the region to benefit from much lower operating costs,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “In addition, Avianca’s passengers can fly assured that they are travelling on board the world’s most eco-efficient single aisle aircraft.” Avianca currently operates 98 A-320 Family aircraft, and has 70 on order with the option to be Sharklet equipped. Sharklets are standard on all members of the A-320neo Family. In 2012, Avianca placed an order for 33 eco-efficient A-320neo aircraft along with 18 incremental A-320ceos. With nearly an all-Airbus fleet, Avianca & TACA has purchased 190 aircraft and has a backlog of 72 Airbus aircraft. The A-320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, over 9,100 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,400 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide. Airbus has sold more than 750 aircraft throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and currently holds a backlog that exceeds 370.
MEDELLIN, Colombia. — The companies Irelandia, IAMSA, Grupo Bolivar and Grupo FAST founded in 2009 the low cost carrier Viva Colombia. On May 25th, 2012 the airline started its operation with one Airbus A-320. Today the airline operates 5 Airbuses to nine destinations within Colombia. It is expected the airline to start international flights to Central, South America and some cities in the southern United States.