Cartagena and Medellín are the new destinations served by Avianca Airlines from Ecuador.
There will be four weekly frequencies between the latter Colombian city and Mariscal Sucre starting March 26, 2023.
Operations between Guayaquil and Cartagena will begin two days later with three weekly flights.
Guayaquil and Medellín will be connected on the same date with the same number of flights.
A320 and A319 aircraft will be used, with a capacity of 180 and 120 passengers, respectively.
“We see that inbound and outbound tourism is increasing again, so we propose to connect Ecuadorians with more direct flights, this time to the interior of Colombia,” said Maria Beatriz Gonzalez, Commercial Manager of Avianca.
On March 26, 2023, Latam will launch direct flights between Guayaquil and Bogota.
It will be a daily flight with an A319 for 144 passengers.
The same company will increase its flights between the capitals of Ecuador and Colombia.
The offer will increase from nine to 14 flights per week.
IBERIA OFFERS NINE FLIGHTS
The Spanish airline will offer six weekly flights to Quito and three more to Guayaquil.
Ecuador joins Brazil as the only countries in Latin America with direct flights to two cities.
Iberia has consolidated the increases, initially intended for the winter season, and made them permanent for 2023.
The goal is to increase connectivity further and achieve daily service to Quito, explained Beatriz Guillén, global sales director.
THE OFFER FOR THE UNITED STATES
JetBlue is expected to launch a second daily flight between Guayaquil and New York’s JFK Airport on April 6, 2023.
This will use an Airbus A321neo with a capacity of 200 passengers.
Avianca will also fly to the same US city from Quito. The service will begin on June 1, 2023.
United Airlines will begin service between Quito and Houston with a Boeing 737 Max 8, designed to carry 166 passengers and operate Monday through Sunday.
INCREASED DEMAND IN ECUADOR
The General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) reported that 582,714 passengers traveled to and from Ecuador in January of this year.
Of these, 336,805 were international.
During the same period in 2022, 376,442 passengers were carried.
Of these, 245,305 were on international routes.
In January 2023, the routes with the highest demand were Quito-Guayaquil-Quito, Quito-Guayaquil-Baltra, and Quito-Cuenca-Quito.
Overseas routes were to Panama, Bogota, and Miami.