The battle for control of an expected boom in Colombian demand is heating up as Avianca presses for a major expansion across the U.S. just weeks before Chile’s LAN Airlines formally unveils its own Colombian brand. Avianca’s proposal also comes as Copa Airlines, parent of Copa Colombia, confirms a 2012 growth plan that adds 20% to its current capacity over the 12-month period. Citing this year’s open-skies accord between Colombia and the U.S. (Aviation Daily, May 12), Avianca is seeking ...

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