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Southwest Airlines looking south?

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica. — It is now a common rumor that Southwest Airlines/Air Tran Airways will start flight services to several Latin American cities from their Houston-Hobby airport hub. The first country they are supposedly looking into is Costa Rica. The most popular leisure destination in Central America has two international airports, Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) that services the capital city and Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste, the gateway to the “Golden Coast” of Costa Rica. It is expected that SWA will announce the services for the high season of 2013-2014.

Low Cost Carrier Southwest Airlines is expected to start services to Costa Rica with Boeing 737-500.
Low Cost Carrier Southwest Airlines is expected to start services to Costa Rica with Boeing 737-500.

The End of Yerex’s Airline

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TACA adopted a new livery in 2008. The airline will be finally merged into AVIANCA in 2013.
TACA adopted a new livery in 2008. The airline will be finally merged into AVIANCA in 2013.

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador.  After eighty two years in service in just a couple of months (possibly by the end of May), TACA Airlines (once TACA Airways, TACA International Airlines and GRUPO TACA) will dissapear into the entrails of Colombian flag carrier AVIANCA. In 2009 both airlines created the AviancaTACA Holding Company. For several months airline experts believed the airline would have operated as Air France/KLM, mantaining their individual images, logos, liveries and hubs. But in 2012 the company’s CEO Fabio Villegas informed the TACA branding was being dropped and that the marketing sole name was going to be AVIANCA. It is also expected the end of the use of IATA codes like “TA”, “LR” and “GU” for simply “AV”. TACA was founded in 1931 in Honduras by the New Zealander Lowell Yerex. He later sold the airline to TWA, the latter sold it to Waterman Steamship Company of New Orleans and finally in the 1950s the airline was bought by the Salvadorean Kriete family. Indeed 2013 is the end of an era, Yerex once great airline.

The Ecuadorian Expansion

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QUITO, Ecuador. — The Ecuadorian flag carrier TAME (Transportes Aereos Militares del Ecuador) is expanding it’s route strudure within South America. The airline now operates flights from Quito and Guayaquil to Bogota, Caracas, Panama and Sao Paulo. Rafael Farias, TAME’s General Manager has informed the airline has plans to start flight operations to Mexico City, San Jose and to New York-JFK with an Airbus A-330 wide body aircraft. After AeroGal (Aerolineas Galapagos) suspended services to the U.S., the Ecuadorian government has been trying to restore the air links between Quito and Guayaquil with New York and Miami.

TAME's Airbus A-320 at Quito International Airport.
TAME’s Airbus A-320 at Quito International Airport.