Avianca-Taca to boost capacity on several routes

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Latin American airline group Avianca-Taca is adding frequencies on several routes to the USA, Caribbean and South America from December, boosting capacity by 11% on these routes.

Havana, La Paz, Miami, New York, Orlando, Punta Cana, Rio de Janeiro and Santo Domingo will receive extra frequencies from Avianca-Taca's base in Bogota.

"With the expansion of the service from the Avianca hub in Bogota, we aim to offer better connectivity across the length and breadth of the continent," says Avianca-Taca's chief executive Fabio Villegas.

From 16 December, Avianca-Taca will add a third daily flight on its Bogota-Miami route. On Bogota-New York, it will begin offering 14 weekly flights from 17 December, up from 13 currently. It will also boost the frequency of its Bogota-Orlando route to a daily flight on the same day. Avianca-Taca operates four-times a week on the route, schedules in Innovata show.

In the Caribbean, the airline will operate four times weekly to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic from 18 December, up from three times. On 19 December, it will operate daily flights to Santo Domingo, instead of six-flights weekly.

From 22 December, it will operate four-times weekly between Bogota and Havana, up from three currently.

Avianca-Taca will serve Rio de Janeiro from Bogota daily from 17 December. It now operates five-times weekly on the route. On 18 December, it will operate daily to La Paz, up from five-times weekly currently.

The airline will compete against LAN Colombia and American Airlines on Bogota-Miami, against JetBlue and Delta Air Lines on Bogota-New York, against JetBlue on Bogota-Orlando, and against Cubana de Aviacion and Copa Airlines Colombia on Bogota-Havana. Avianca-Taca is the only carrier operating from Bogota to Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, Rio de Janeiro and La Paz.