EYE ON LATIN AMERICA
Turkish Airlines adds two Latin American destination, Brazil hotels slump...
Turkish adds two more destinations in Latin America
Turkish Airlines has expanded in Latin America with the launch of two more destinations. The new service will see Turkish fly from Istanbul to Caracas, Venezuela’s capital. The outbound flight will operate via Cuba's capital Havana, while the return service will run direct back from Caracas to Istanbul. Havana and Caracas becomes Turkish Airlines' fifth and sixth destinations in Latin America.
Brazil hotels continue to struggle
Brazil hotel sector continued to experience declining revPAR in November. According to STR's latest data, the country suffered declining occupancy (-7.8% to 55.5%) and average daily rate (-8.9% to BRL275.11, approx. US$85) during the month, resulting in a double-digit revPAR decline (-16.0% to BRL152.82). In A combination of economic woes and rising room supply is impacting performance.
Royal Caribbean gets green light for Cuban cruises
Royal Caribbean International has been granted permission to operate its first ever cruises to Cuba. The company now says it is planning to announce its first Cuban itineraries, sailing from Florida, in the near future. The Royal Caribbean and Azamara cruise brands will both sail to Cuba. Meanwhile, Carnival's Fathom brand has been approved to operate six additional voyages to Cuba.
Avianca welcomes Boeing’s 500th Dreamliner
Colombia’s Avianca has taken delivery of the 500th Dreamliner aircraft ever produced by Boeing. The new 787-8 becomes the ninth Dreamliner in the Colombian national carrier's fleet, with outstanding orders for a further six. The aircraft comes equipped with 250 seats in two classes - 28 in business class and 222 in economy. Avianca also has outstanding orders for 10 Airbus A350 aircraft.