Welcome to my trip report on Avianca!
Avianca is the 2nd oldest airline in the world (currently at 103 years old) and is one of the members of the Star Alliance. This airline has a rich history and is also another airline in my list that I want to try. My original plan was to fly with Avianca either from the U.S or Europe to South America but after reading lots of complaints about the airline, I decided to just do a one-stop flight on the domestic route and that's how important, social media is. I could have given more business to the airline if they have not cut cost or downgrade the airline to a service similar to ULCC (Ultra Low Cost Carrier).
When I booked with the airline, just like LATAM, I couldn't book directly through the airline as my credit cards couldn't work, so I booked through a 3rd party once again. The airfare that I paid for apparently was the lowest airfare and for a short 30 minutes flight on BOG-MDE route, it cost me around U.S$72 for the cheapest airfare, the XS only includes 1 personal item which must fit under the seat and that's it. If I choose the more expensive options, I would be paying about $90 or even $100 for M and L options. Since, I was just carrying a small backpack, it makes sense for me to go for the XS option as I would be flying this airline on a one way flight to MDE and return back to BOG with Wingo.
XS = Lowest Price
S = Basic Travel
M = More Comfort
L = More Flexiblity
I like the website as its clean and easy to use. One of the most user-friendly websites among the South American airlines, certainly better than LATAM.
History of Avianca
Avianca means 'Airways of the American Continent', is the national airline of Colombia started operation in December 1919. The initial name of this airline was SCADTA. This airline's headquarters is based in Bogota and main hub at EL Dorado International Airport (Bogota). Avianca group works similar to LATAM group which consists of many different airlines operating under the same branding. The subsidiaries of this company is Avianca, Avianca Cargo, Avianca Costa Rica, Avianca Ecuador, Avianca EL Salvador, Avianca Express and Avianca Guatemala. This company has its ups and downs and even though it celebrated its 100th years recently, it took a lot of hard work and brave decisions to ensure this company continue to survive. In 2020, Avianca filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and had to undergo a lot of changes to ensure the survival. One of the decisions was to liquidated its subsidiary Avianca Peru, the other most important thing it did was to standarise the fleet by implementing cost-reduction plans such as revamp its cabin products, standardizing the fleet to just 2 types, Airbus A320 and Boeing 787. The name was also changed to Avianca Group but its headquarters remained in Bogota. Finally at the end of 2021, this group successfully exited the Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Photos of Bogota
I booked Uber and waited for the driver to turn up.
About Bogota Airport
El Dorado Internationa Airport is the biggest airport in Colombia, based in Bogota. This airport started operation in 1959 and currently has 2 terminals. The terminal 1 is used by Easyfly and Satena while for the terminal 2 is used for international operation and domestic flights by other airlines. Both terminals are easily transferred by a free satellite shuttle bus. This airport is home for the following airlines: Avianca, Avianca Cargo, Avianca Express, Wingo, Easyfly, LATAM Cargo Colombia, LATAM Colombia and Satena and operates 2 runway, runway 14L/32R and 14R/32L. This is the 2nd busiest airport in South America in terms of passenger traffic and as for the cargo traffic, it is the busiest in the continent.
Photos of Bogota Airport
I am pleasantly surprised with the airport's ambience and this is one of the nicer airports I visited in South America. There are lots of shops and restaurants to check out at the land side in terminal 2. Free WiFi is available but you need to register in order to use and after a period of time, you need to re-login in and that is troublesome.
Plus Seats (With the Red marking)