LAN Colombia will grow 2014 systemwide capacity by up to 10%, says its chief executive Hernan Pasman.
The airline will likely add up to two Airbus A320s next year, he tells Flightglobal. LAN Colombia is in the process of modernising its fleet, and will replace its last six Boeing 737s with A320s by end-March. It will then operate 13 A320s, which are mostly used on its domestic flights.
Pasman says the carrier will grow domestic capacity by 5% to 10% through the addition of new frequencies. The airline expects to grow international capacity more and could announce a new destination in 2014 in Latin America or the Caribbean, he adds.
LAN Colombia was formerly known as Aires before it was acquired by Chile's LAN in November 2010 and rebranded. Aires was a loss-making airline when it was purchased by LAN.
Pasman declines to specify when LAN Colombia will be profitable on its own as a LAN affiliate, but says the airline is "clearly on the path to profitability".
"LAN Colombia is not an issue for [parent company] LATAM," he adds.