Avianca launches codeshare with Italian ITA Airways

  • ITA Airways Airbus A330 in the sky
    ITA Airways

    IATA/ICAO code:
    AZ/ITE

    Airline type:
    Full service carrier

    Hub(s):
    Rome Fiumicino Airport

    Year of foundation:
    2020

    Alliance:
    SkyTeam

    CEO:
    Fabio Lazzerini

    Country:
    Italy
  • Avianca Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N792AV (2)
    Avianca

    IATA/ICAO code:
    AV/AVA

    Airline type:
    Full service carrier

    Hub(s):
    El Dorado International Airport, El Salvador International Airport

    Year of foundation:
    1919

    Alliance:
    star alliance

    Air group:
    Avianca Group

    CEO:
    Adrian Neuhauser

    Country:
    Colombia

On Thursday, Avianca and ITA Airways announced the launch of a new codeshare agreement between the two companies, guaranteeing connections via London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) and Miami International Airport (MIA), two hubs where the two carriers coincide.


The new partnership

Avianca and Italian airline ITA Airways have announced the launch of a codeshare agreement allowing customers to travel between Bogota (BOG), Cali (CLO), Medellín (MDE) and Rome (FCO) or vice versa, in via London or Miami with a single ticket on flights marketed and operated jointly by the two operators.

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This new codeshare agreement will begin on October 31. Passengers on the South American airline will be able to make return connections between Bogota and Rome via London. Similarly, customers of the Italian airline will be able to make a round trip from Rome to several Colombian cities connecting in Miami. In addition, once in Colombia, they will be able to fly on one of the 125 routes that Avianca currently offers to 24 countries, mainly in America.

In the past, one of Avianca’s branches (the defunct Avianca Brasil) had a codeshare agreement with ITA Airways’ ancestor, Alitalia. Avianca currently has codeshare agreements with 20 airlines (including ITA Airways), according to the company’s website. Avianca is also a member of the Star Alliance.

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Enhanced connectivity

Codeshare agreements allow airlines to offer many more destinations than they actually serve. Passengers benefit from an additional offer with a greater choice of destinations. When two carriers share a code, it also facilitates booking, check-in, baggage management, travel and planning. Julio Ordóñez, Director of Alliances at Avianca, said:

“At Avianca, we continue to promote international connectivity, offering our customers multiple travel options to fly to major destinations around the world in an easy and efficient way.”

He added that with this codeshare, the South American airline plans to transport, together with ITA Airways, nearly 1,000 additional passengers between Colombia and Rome per year, boosting tourism and business between the two countries. “With this codeshare, we are offering another option to further improve connectivity between Latin America and Europe.”

For his part, Andreas Benassi, head of network, fleet and alliances at ITA Airways, said that this collaboration with Avianca will allow the company to take its passengers to Colombia thanks to connecting flights with Bogota. “With this new agreement, ITA Airways’ codeshare agreements increase to 30, a very significant achievement achieved by the airline in just 12 months.” he added.

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ITA Airways Connectivity

Over the past year, ITA Airways has experienced strong growth. The Italian airline currently has a fleet of 76 aircraft, including eight Airbus A330-200s, six A350-900s and one Boeing 777-200(ER) for long-haul flights. ITA Airways currently flies to six destinations in the Americas. It flies to Boston (BOS, six times a week), Buenos Aires (EZE, once a day), São Paulo (GRU, once a day), New York (JFK, three flights a day), Los Angeles (LAX, once a day), and Miami (MIA, once a day). In Europe, ITA Airways flies to 38 destinations. The airline operates around four daily flights to London Heathrow, serving two routes, departing from Rome and Milan.

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