BOGOTA, Colombia–“Avianca has decided effective July start flights between Bogota and London non-stop, as part of the new push of our commercial and political relations between the two nations”, informed Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. This will be the first Colombian airline to start flights between El Dorado International Airport and Heathrow Airport in the U.K. The airline already operates wide bodied Airbus A-330 from Bogota to Madrid and Barcelona in Spain. Avianca will be receiving four Boeing 787 Dreamliner by September 2014, long haul aircraft that will dedicated for the European routes, indicated Fabio Villegas. Frankfurt and Paris are also being considered by the second biggest airline in Latin America. The flights to London will start in July using the wide bodied Airbus A-330. The flight will be fed by Avianca flights from Central America, Mexico, Caribbean and South America into El Dorado for connections to the U.K. London-Heathrow will become an important connecting point for Avianca with other Star Alliance airlines and one in particular, Air India that should become a full member by the end of 2014. The growth of commerce between Latin America and India has been important in the recent years. Another European airline, TAP Portugal announced future services to Bogota (Avianca’s main hub) and Panama City (COPA Airlines main hub) from Lisbon.
MADRID, Spain. — Bolivian flag carrier Boliviana de Aviacion (BoA) is the latest Latin American airline that operates flights to Madrid-Barajas International Airport. Boliviana operates an Airbus A-330-223 (CS-TQW) that once was flown by Vietnam Airlines. The airline operates three times a week flights between Santa Cruz Viru Viru International Airport and Madrid. Boliviana de Aviacion joins now the other Latin American carriers Avianca, Aeromexico, Aerolineas Argentinas, Conviasa, Cubana and LAN with flights to Spain.