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Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 4:24 am

Taca announced via web page, television and newspaper, a permanent reduced fares for flights through Central America and to Mexico. It's not a promotion or a discount, according to the info. And beginning October 1st., 2004 the reservation department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Since the cost of a ticket for intra Central American flights were very expensive, they decided to reduce them up to 50%.

http://www.taca.com/eng/tcam/tcameasy.asp
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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 4:33 am

Fares available only via TACA Direct (TACA.COM, Call Center, Taca Center) - 7-day advance purchase
So this means that you can not buy them at your travel agency. They will probably also not be available in the CRS. So it´s a restricted fare more or less to locals. But why do they do that ? Because they are nice people ? Is there any competition they have to fear ? Low load ?
 
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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 4:39 am

Goos step in order to boost Internet booking, a not too used thing in Lat Am.
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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 5:28 am

Chiguire

According to the information the Corporation (Grupo Taca) earned $700 millions and reduced their costs in about $170 millions during the last year thanks to the measures taken during such period. That economical situation allows them to take this new "reductive" measure.

Your right. The fares are available only through internet (www.taca.com), call center, or Taca center (from anywhere they fly or have offices).

As you state is not available at your travel agency. [I personally don't use the travel agency more than a year ago, specially for the service charge that increase the cost of the ticket sometimes up to $50,00 (at least here in Costa Rica).]

The only restriction I saw in the newspaper add is a $50 penalty for reimbursment or changes of date, that are acceptable until the same day of the flight (and that means a reduce of 50% of such penalty charge since it was $100).

Are they competing? No doubts about that, but who cares if it is in the benefit of the passanger.
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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 5:36 am

Sorry about the text in spanish.

"Logra costos menores

Taca reduce a la mitad las tarifas al istmo y a México

Empresa espera más pasajeros y aumentará rutas

La corporación Taca anunció que desde ayer disminuyó hasta en un 50% las tarifas de sus boletos para las rutas en Centroamérica y México.

Además, anunció nuevas frecuencias pues sus autoridades esperan que la reducción de los precios incremente en un 24% la cantidad de viajeros que transporta anualmente en la región, que son unos 680.000.


Los proyectos se engloban dentro de un programa denominado “Centro América fácil”, el cual pretende aumentar los negocios y el turismo en la región.

De esa manera, el tiquete para la ruta entre San José y San Salvador cuesta desde ayer $199, un 47% menos que la tarifa anterior y entre Guatemala y San José bajó un 37%, a $169.


Fernando Naranjo, presidente de Taca Costa Rica, destacó que el principal interés de la empresa es contribuir con el desarrollo de la región y que la rebaja obedece a un esquema de reducción de costos que viene impulsando la empresa desde el 2003.

El presidente de la República, Abel Pacheco, aplaudió la iniciativa de Taca.

Aseguró que eso dará un mayor impulso a la región, principalmente por las oportunidades que generará el Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) con los Estados Unidos y el vigente entre Centroamérica y México.

Baja permanente

Enrique Beltranena, vicepresidente ejecutivo de Taca, destacó que la reducción es permanente y no es una oferta o promoción.

Indicó que durante el último año la empresa consolidó su presencia en todo el continente, por lo que, como parte de una nueva estrategia, decidió impulsar tarifas más cómodas.

“Reconocimos que el tráfico (los tiquetes) era caro –añadió–, por lo que actuamos”.

Expresó que para eso la empresa promovió una serie de cambios operativos con los que disminuyó sus costos en $170 millones en el último año y logró ingresos por $700 millones.

Baltrenena mencionó menores costos por mejoras en la puntualidad de los vuelos, lo cual merma el pago de “horas extras” a trabajadores y de hoteles a pasajeros.

El ahorro también ha sido posible por el cambio de areonaves, que permite un 42% de aumento en su capacidad de carga.



Tras varios planes piloto, como reducir tarifas –en el 2003– a $99 en días como el 15 de setiembre, Día de la Independencia de la región, la empresa reportó un incremento de viajeros del 35%.

En ese sentido, la corporación Taca reconoció que incrementará la cantidad de vuelos debido a que espera una mayor demanda de boletos.

También anunció que los centros de reservas laboran desde ayer los siete días de la semana, las 24 horas, y que planea abrir tres nuevos en los próximos ocho meses.

Beltranena afirmó que el aumento de los combustibles los tiene muy preocupados; sin embargo, las fuerte reducción de costos les permite bajar las tarifas y mantenerse en el mercado."

www.nacion.co.cr.
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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 5:49 am

According to the information the Corporation (Grupo Taca) earned $700 millions and reduced their costs in about $170 millions during the last year
Great to hear that TACAA320.
I wish we had such a succesfull airline here in Venezuela... But maybe Aeropostal with all it´s plans in Central America is able to make a little more competition Big grin
Is there anything new in SJO about their "Alas de Centroamerica" ?
 
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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 6:29 am

"Is there anything new in SJO about their "Alas de Centroamerica" ?"

Chiguirre

Unfortunatelly nothing. I recently saw one a/c in MIA and another one in CCS.

Do you know if they have a web site operating now?

May I have the URL?

Thanks,
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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 6:34 am

Unfortunatelly nothing. I recently saw one a/c in MIA and another one in CCS
You mean an Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela a/c ?
Do you know if they have a web site operating now?
Not yet. Pero estoy pendiente...
 
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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 6:38 am

Another traditional airline playing to be low-cost, a common move these days...

If it means for better options for passengers and for TACA to remain competitive and have good loads, well good job then, just hope that their warm and well-known friendly, efficient service does not go down with the prices too...

I guess that inflight service will be reduced significantly too, huh TACAA320?


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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 6:38 am

Sorry.

I´m confussed with Aerohonduras.

By the way, they have great fares.
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Chiguire
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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 6:49 am

Another traditional airline playing to be low-cost, a common move these days...
I hope they are not. They have made a profit and should keep what they are. Cutting comissions and trying to increase sales through the internet and call centers does not mean to be low cost. As soon as they don´t chage 7 to 10 US$ for a Sandwich as Iberia does...
 
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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 7:07 am

"I guess that inflight service will be reduced significantly too, huh TACAA320?"


Well... They are trying to do their best. And they are trying harder.


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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 8:05 am

Aside from the existing O&D traffic between Central America and MEX/CUN, could this be a move to try to steal from CM and Mexican and South American carriers some passengers flying between South America and Mexico?
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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 8:18 am

But why do they do that ? Because they are nice people ? Is there any competition they have to fear ? Low load ?

I guess it is competition, according to news, Tikal Jets will start flying from GUA to the rest of Central America before the year ends and their fares are quite low (source Prensa Libre, Siglo XXI, and elPeriodico; Guatemalan news papers.) I guess WU could be considered an lcc as well as AeroHonduras.

"I guess that inflight service will be reduced significantly

Well now if you wish to eat, you have to pay $3 to $5 for i; I read on their page that they will start the program Aeromenú. http://news.taca.com/esp01-db-00291.htm
nice and spacious airports in need of new airlines and flights... GUA or FRS anyone?... anyone at all?
 
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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 8:26 am


EddieDude,

Be sure that being CM and TA number one competition in the region for each other, they'll keep on eye on the other as long as they can. That fierce competition has definitely been key for optimizing both airlines' service standards.

Copa's name has been sounding a lot lately. They are being pretty aggresive in order to reach their short term objective to fly at least twice daily to most of their premium destinations, like EZE and GRU. Added to that, the company is now extremely interested in being a client of the EMB190, this to intensify frequencies on the regional level in favour of a better HUB OF THE AMERICAS product, which has already been succesful enough (especially from connections South America - North America and viceversa).

TACA has built a strong network throughout the Americas and be sure that all these moves are focused to give Copa the best competition they can.

Both are great airlines.


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RE: Taca Lowers It Fares

Wed Oct 06, 2004 8:27 am

Two more questions.

Is TACA Perú also going to reduce some of its fares?

What is the scope of the codeshare between TACA Perú and AM? Only MEX-LIM flights? Now that CINTRA has strengthened its ties with LA, will the codeshare between TACA Perú and AM be terminated?
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