|Founded||October 2, 1980 (as AIRES) |
December 3, 2011 (as LAN Colombia)
May 5, 2016 (as LATAM Colombia)
|Hubs||El Dorado International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||LATAM Pass|
|Alliance||Oneworld (2013-2020; affiliate)|
|Parent company||LATAM Airlines Group|
|Key people||Santiago Alvarez (CEO)|
Aerovías de Integración Regional S.A. (Acronym: AIRES, lit. airs), d/b/a LATAM Airlines Colombia, and formerly known as LAN Colombia, is a Colombian airline. It is the second-largest air carrier in Colombia. It operates scheduled regional domestic passenger services, as well as a domestic cargo service. Its main hub is El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá.
The airline was founded on October 2, 1980, starting operations in February 23, 1981 with a few small planes, until they acquired some Embraer 110 Bandeirante and Fairchild F27. In 1990, the airline registered a 9% decrease in passenger transport.
However, with the rise of AeroRepública in 1992, it meant that they had a new competitor in the Colombia market. The airline made small expansions, mostly adding service to the neighboring countries of Venezuela and Ecuador.
In November 1998, the airline began its coverage in the Caribbean Region, opening a base of operations in Barranquilla, from where flights began to: Cartagena, Santa Marta, Valledupar, Corozal among other cities in the north of the country.
On December 13, 2000, the airline began its internationalization with the opening of the Barranquilla-Oranjestad, Aruba route, flying twice a week, later it began operations to Willemstad, Curaçao.
In 2004, the company made a corporate image change, as well as the change in the stationery, said investment had a cost of close to 1,000 million pesos.
In 2009, with the beginning of the trunk routes, a new era began and thus rubbed shoulders with Avianca and Copa Airlines Colombia, and this was done by incorporating Jet aircraft and breaking the tariff scheme by becoming a low-cost airline.
On October 28, 2010, it was announced that 98% of the shares in the previous airline AIRES had been acquired by Chilean carrier LAN Airlines. On November 26, 2010 LAN Airlines announced that it completed the purchase of 98.9% of AIRES shares, assuming its total debt and including it in the LAN holding company as another subsidiary of the group. On December 3, 2011, AIRES was renamed and started operations as LAN Colombia, becoming a member of the aeronautical holding LATAM Airlines Group.
It became an affiliate member of the Oneworld alliance on October 1, 2013, but left on May 1, 2020.
Main article: List of LATAM Colombia destinations
As of March 2022[update], LATAM Colombia's fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Airbus A319-100||5||—||—||144||144||Operated by LATAM Chile|
The airline previously operated the following aircraft:
|Boeing 767-300ER||3||2012||2017||Operated by LAN Airlines|
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q100||4||1994||2009|
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q200||12||2003||2015|
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q300||4||1994||2011|
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q400||4||2010||2014||Purchased from Jeju Air|
|Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante||6||1981||2001|