Avianca ups flight frequencies to Lima

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Latin American airline group Avianca has boosted the capacity on its flights from Medellin and Cali in Colombia to Lima in Peru.

The carrier now operates daily between Medellin and Lima, up from six times weekly. It will fly six times a week between Cali and Lima, up from five previously. With the increase in flight frequencies, the capacity on Medellin-Lima and Cali-Lima has increased 40% and 47% respectively, says the Star Alliance carrier.

Avianca says the number of passengers travelling between Colombia and Peru grew 11% in 2012, which justifies the demand for the additional flights. In a statement, Avianca's chief executive Fabio Villegas says the new flights will boost intra-regional connectivity.

The new flights take the total number of flights operated by Avianca between Colombia and Peru to 41 weekly.

Avianca is the only carrier operating on both routes, schedules in Innovata show. The flights are operated by Taca Peru, which is part of the Avianca group.