Star Alliance, of which Scandinavian Airlines is a founding member, says it has “cemented its presence in Latin America”, adding close to 50 new airports to the network, by accepting Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines. Avianca and TACA have operated as a group since 2009 but maintain their separate brand identities.
With these carriers now part of the Star Alliance network, passengers from within and outside the region will be able to connect more easily through the Copa Airlines hubs in Panama City (Panama) and Bogota (Colombia) and the Avianca and TACA Airlines hubs in Bogota, San Salvador (El Salvador), Lima (Peru) and San Jose (Costa Rica).
With the home bases of the airlines being located in one of the fastest growing regions in the world, the alliance says that they are “ideal markets for expanding” its products. The Star Alliance network is now comprised of 27 members offering more than 21,500 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.