Colombia's flag carrier Avianca and Spanish Rail operator Renfe have signed an agreement under which Renfe will provide Avianca passengers direct connections on a single ticket to 15 cities in Spain.
The agreement, which was announced during the Madrid Tourism show Fitur, will provide Avianca passengers with additional domestic connectivity in Spain. So far, Avianca and Iberia have maintained a bilateral codeshare alliance providing regional connections for both carriers in Bogota and Madrid. However, the relationship may be toned down since Avianca joined the Star Alliance.
Under the agreement between Avianca and Renfe, the latter will provide direct connections to Avianca flights at Barcelona and Madrid.
Avianca's president Fabio Villegas welcomes the intermodal alliance, saying that "this agreement will increase significantly the connectivity options of Avianca customers travelling between Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and Spain. This opens the doors to a new travel experience on board the most sophisticated and modern equipment both on board our aircraft and on board the high speed trains".
Renfe recently opened a new rail link to Madrid's Barajas airport, in addition to the existing metro line, which currently provides fast train services to Madrid's main stations, including the Atocha high speed railway terminal. Barcelona also has direct rail access and both airports will become directly part of Spain's high speed train network in the near future.