MIAMI — Silver Airways and Avianca have announced yesterday a new interline ticketing alliance which will favor the connectivity between the networks of both carriers.
According to the agreement, travelers will be able to book a single ticket in combining destinations, thus benefiting from a single check-in stop when transferring between both carriers. However, it is unclear whether the agreement will allow LifeMiles members -Avianca’s loyalty program- to earn points on Silver Airways flights.
“Introducing a well-respected and award-winning brand like Avianca to our growing portfolio of trusted airline alliances enables us to seamlessly bring even more popular destinations within reach of customers for both airlines, and gives travelers the opportunity to easily connect between our networks,” said Silver Airways President and CEO Sami Teittinen.
This new interline relationship -the tenth for Silver Airways and the first inked with a Latin American carrier- provide travelers from Florida the access to over 50 cities served by Avianca throughout Central and South America, while Latin American travelers may reach Silver Airways’ destinations in Florida and the Bahamas. “Our new agreement with Avianca once again demonstrates Silver Airways’ continuing commitment to support our partner airlines’ route networks with expanded intra-Florida and Bahamas flying,” added Teittinen.
This agreement will allow Avianca to offer further connectivity in Florida to an ever growing Latin American expatriate community, offering a better coverage than its direct competitor Copa Airlines. Currently, Copa offers four destinations in Florida (Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando and Tampa) while Avianca reaches three (Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando). Meanwhile, Silver Airways seem to rely on JetBlue, and now on Avianca, to expand its business opportunities to Latin America and the Caribbean, a region with a steady growth in the air travel market, taking advantage of its base in Ft. Lauderdale International Airport.