Avianca revives plan for regional airline

Star Alliance airline carrier Avianca has announced it has revived plans to launch a regional carrier based in Bogata with a fleet of its ATR 72 turboprops, the company said.

Avianca said it has incorporated Regional Express Americas, a new company that will provide transportation and other services.

Regional Express Americas has applied to Colombian civil aviation authority Aerocivil to operate a number of domestic routes that Avianca currently operates.

According to an Aerocivil document, the regional airline plans to operate service from Bogota to Yopal, Florencia, Ibague, Manizales, Popayan and Villavicencio. It also plans to start service between Cali and Tumaco.

Avianca´s majority shareholder Synergy Aerospace has 10 ATR 72-600s on order, for delivery in 2019 and 2020, Flight Fleets Analyzer shows. Avianca Argentina, which is wholly owned by Synergy but is separate from the Avianca group, also has an order for 10 ATR 72-600s.