Today, Star Alliance welcomed AviancaTACA Airlines and Copa Airlines to its membership.
This move will cement the company’s presence in Latin America and add close to 50 new airports to the network.
Passengers within and outside the region will be able to connect through the Copa Airlines hubs in Panama City, Panama and Bogota, Colombia; and the AviancaTACA Airlines hubs in Bogota, Colombia; San Salvador, El Salvador; Lima, Peru; and San Jose, Costa Rica. Star Alliance founding member, Air Canada, operates non-stop flights from its Toronto hub to Bogota, Colombia; Lima, Peru; and San Jose, Costa Rica.
In addition, AviancaTACA Airlines and Copa Airlines customers will gain access to the global Star Alliance benefits. They can use their existing frequent flyer memberships to collect and redeem miles on all member carriers.
Customers with higher status privileges in the LifeMiles program of AviancaTACA Airlines, or in Copa Airlines' Mileage Plus program, will be entitled to Star Alliance Gold benefits, which offer priority services across the whole network, including extra baggage allowance, priority baggage delivery and access to over 990 lounges world-wide. Holders of Frequent Flyer cards of the other Star Alliance member carriers will be offered the Star Alliance Frequent Flyer benefits when travelling on the AviancaTACA Airlines and Copa Airlines network.
As of today, the Star Alliance network is comprised of 27 members, offering more than 21,500 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.