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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Colombia

Ok guys I went to purchased the ticket and in this time I considered American Airline ; the cheapest one in December

and take a look almost no seat to fly after the 20 of December to USA.

I do not recommend AVIANCA The Air Line is under some problems with the Pilot's Union and Management; until it do not settle

do not use AVIANCA ..



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I see a lot of empty seats on that flight. Also I never had problems with Avianca, a friend of mine works for them.

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American has instituted a new seating charge. Although it may not look as if all the seats are gone, if you pay for seat upgrade, you will see plenty of seats available, and you are guaranteed that seat.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Colombia
Sep 14, 2013
Avianca cancels 160 flights due to pilots ‘strike’posted by Charlie de Rivaz

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Colombia’s largest airline Avianca has cancelled 160 flights, scheduled to leave between Friday and Wednesday, because of their pilots’ “strike”.

The airline’s pilots are refusing to work overtime in an an action called “operacion cero trabajo suplementario” (“operation no overtime”), after Avianca’s alleged intransigence over salary increases.

MORE: Pilots of Colombia’s largest airline start ‘operation no overtime’ after pay dispute

“The airline has adjusted its itnieraries for the days between Friday 13 and Wednesday September 18,” Avianca announced. “We have cancelled an aniticpated 160 flights corresponding to 3% of the weekly operation of the company.”

To mitigate the effects of the protest Avianca announced that they have made their flight schedule more flexible, increasing time between flights, they will be allowing customers to fly with other airlines when their flights has been cancelled, as well as removing the charge on changing or cancelling flights for affected customers.

This last measure only applies for those flights operated by Avianca itself, and not for other companies in the airline’s group like Taca, Aerogal and Tampa Cargo, whose pilots are not taking part in the protest.

“Our most basic objective is to keep everything running as best we can while we look for a resolution to the current problems between the administration and the pilots,” Avianca said on Thursday.

The airline’s pilots are expected to meet next Tuesday with government officials, including Vice President Angelino Garzon, as well as with Avianca’s owner Germán Efromovich.

Eframovich has been accused by the pilots union Acdac of going back on his word. The pilots say that in 2003, after Eframovich bought the company, they agreed to work longer hours (90 per month, instead of 75) to move the airline forward, with the benefits coming later. But Acdac say they are still waiting for those long-promised benefits.

Key to their demands is a salary increase that they say will put them in the same pay bracket as pilots at other major airlines.

“It’s not possible that a pilot with 18 years of experience from Aerolineas Argentinas, LAN and Avianca Peru earns $10,000 per month, one from Aeromexico $16,000, while in Colombia the Avianca pilots earn half that,” said Acdac’s president, Jaime Hernandez.

As a result of the delays some passengers in the Caribbean city of Cartagena had to wait 6 hours on Friday to fly to Bogota, acoording to newspaper El Espectador.
Colombia’s Ministry of Work has asked Avianca’s pilots to “return to working normally.”

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Colombia

I just came back from Colombia last week....I flew Avianca. The problem with the pilots seems to be only affecting the domestic operations of the airline as my flights from Bogota to Barranquilla and back were delayed over 3 - 4 hours. Pretty much all the flights within Colombia were delayed. My flights from New York to Bogota and back were all on-time and didn't see any issues in the international terminal in Bogota on other international flights

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I am in Colombia now for 6 weeks with my wife. I usually fly Copa from DC (through Panama) to Bogota. Usually the pricing is competitive. Highly recommend, it is a good airline.

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Filed: Country: Colombia

I ditto COPA. Always tried others but come back to Copa.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Colombia

Wife and stepdaughter were stuck down there in the Bogota airport for three days when their one Delta flight was canceled. This was two weeks ago. Every other airline leaving there was full to capacity. And Delta put them on a standby basis. Then after that another flight was canceled, leaving over 500 people stranded.

Did everything I could here to get them home, for each flight, they had to stand in line for five hours and hope at seat was vacant. And had to start early to be near first in line. Delta did put them up in a hotel, but they had to show up at 5:00 AM and 7:00PM with their baggage for that standby line. People whose flight was not canceled had priority. They did this six times until they were finally confirmed. Maybe my call to Delta talking to an executive helped that after waiting on the phone for three hours to talk to a human. Was also busy trying to find alternative flights.

But did arrive in Milwaukee at midnight, was there to greet them, never thought I would see them again, then with a four hour drive to get home in -22*F weather, least the roads were clear.

They also needed 45,000 Pesos each to leave that crazy place, airport tax, think that should be covered with the ticket fare since it increased by a factor of three since we first met.

Enjoy your flight. I normally travel with them, but for reasons, was impossible for me to travel, good thing, would have probably murdered someone.

Was very concerned they would be stripped searched when coming back from Colombia for drugs, but would never do that when I was with them. But for whatever reason, didn't do this, this time.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India

I am in Colombia now for 6 weeks with my wife. I usually fly Copa from DC (through Panama) to Bogota. Usually the pricing is competitive. Highly recommend, it is a good airline.

Congrats ! on Case complete. Is it ok to request from you how you were able to get supervisor review because I see lot of VJ members having a long wait even after replying to checklists.

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06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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