Today I have found this article in Colombian newspaper "El Tiempo" I will try to translate it (not the whole article)
Airlines; march hearing will decide new politics
Five Foreign Airlines Want To Land In Colombia
If Universal and Estelar do not accelarate their flying process some of their routes will be re-assign to other operators. Fenix is ready for take off.
This year the air market will heat on not only with the sale of Avianca to a foreign operator but also with the entrance of five foreing airlines that are requesting take off clearance.
Europe is on fashion and europeans companies are the most advanced. Spanish company "Air Madrid" wants the Madrid-Bogota-Cartagena-Madrid route. Air Europa bets to travel Madrid-Cartagena-Madrid.
Another airline that is moving on the process is Aerolineas Argentinas who wants to compite with Avianca on the Bogota-Buenos Aires-Bogota route.
Air Canada is also in the row to land on Colombian airfields they want to take passengers to/from Bogota and Toronto three times in a week.
Finally the requests ends with LanPeru, LanChile's partner, to fly Lima-Bogotá-Caracas and Lima-Quito-Bogota.
These five companies are in the row before the Civil Aeronautic Authority. The main requirement for their processes are the bilteral agreements between the Aeronautic authorities of Colombia and the countries they are from.
In the European case the issue is far advanced, but with Argentina, the agreement will only be reviewed by the end of february. Aerolineas Argentinas asked for 14 frecuencies, right now, Avianca has 6, that means that the number of flights will be encreased and divided by 2.
With Canada there is no agreement and with LanPeru the issue has to be with the use of leased planes with crew.
After having completed the request process at the Civil Aeronautic Authority, the five airlines had to go through a hearing scheduled to take place by the end of march........
I have not heard about Air Canada's intentions to fly to Colombia, that is new, I do not know if the route is profitable, I really don't think there is not enogh demand, however, if they are asking for it there should be a reason. It is great to see that there is a lot of interest in Colombia, I just hope Avianca will remain. (And also hope that BA
starts non-stop flights with B777)
By the way, which plane do you think Air Canada will use on that Bogota-Toronto route?
Greetings from Bogota
Bogotá: 2600 Metros Más Cerca De Las Estrellas; Vamos por los XVII Juegos Nacionales!!!!!!!!!