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- TAME - Linea Aérea del Ecuador
Av. Amazonas N24-260
- Main hub
- Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport
- Business model
- Full Service Carrier
- Domestic | International
- Association Membership
- Codeshare Partners
- Copa Airlines
Commencing operations in Dec-1962, Transportes Aereos Militares Ecuatorianos (TAME) is the flag carrier of Ecuador. TAME is a full-service carrier that provides domestic and international services to countries throughout South America and the Caribbean. TAME also operates to the US. In addition to its scheduled services, the carrier provides select charter services to destinations such as the Galapagos Islands, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The carrier is based at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport with a secondary hub at Guayaquil Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport. TAME is a state-owned enterprise, formerly operated by the Ecuadorean Air Force but now controlled by the civilian government. The carrier operates a mixed fleet of Airbus, Embraer and ATR equipment.
Location of TAME main hub (Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport)
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JetBlue continues to leverage positions of strength in the Florida market when it debuts new flights to Mexico City in late 2015 and service to Quito, Ecuador in early 2016. The airline will largely face foreign competitors in those markets, which means it can tap its point-of-sale strength in both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando for US-based travellers.
The new service to Mexico City helps JetBlue fill a gap in its growing network from Florida to Central and South America and to the Caribbean. Ecuador is a popular and growing tourist destination from the US, so it seems reasonable that JetBlue has the potential to post a solid performance in the market.
JetBlue is also continuing to flesh out its domestic service from Florida in 2015 with new planned service from Orlando to Baltimore and from Fort Lauderdale to Philadelphia, increasing its competitive overlap with Southwest and US Airways. All of the new service reflects JetBlue’s intent to bolster its network in Florida as both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando serve key roles in its network.
Fort Lauderdale International airport capped off a successful 2014 by growing total passenger numbers 4.6% including a 26% jump in international passengers. Five international airlines launched new service to Fort Lauderdale in 2014, reflecting its attractiveness as a reasonably priced airport catering to the South Florida market.
The airport sits in a unique position of being a focus city for a large US hybrid airline, JetBlue, and the headquarters and top base for the country’s largest ULCC Spirit Airlines. Fort Lauderdale also has representation from ULCCs Allegiant and Frontier and counts Southwest Airlines as its second largest airline measured by ASKs deployed.
With overall US domestic demand holding steady, Fort Lauderdale’s prospects for 2015 remain strong, underpinned by a new runway that opened in late 2014 that should both allow for less congestion and future growth. But the airport also faces some challenges with its growth, namely bottlenecks in customs processing.
Ecuador’s largest domestic carrier TAME is pursuing ambitious international expansion which will result in its international network growing from two to nine destinations in less than a year. TAME has added five new international destinations over the last six months, including Sao Paulo on 07-Jan-2013, and is planning to add Buenos Aires and New York by mid-2013. New York will be served with A330s as TAME becomes only the sixth airline group in Latin America to operate widebody aircraft.
The expansion is risky as TAME competes in its home market against Latin America’s largest airline groups – LAN and TAM parent LATAM and Avianca-TACA. The LAN-TAM and Avianca-TACA mergers have made it very difficult for small independent carriers to survive in Latin America, particularly those not following regional carrier models. TAME in recent years has been primarily a regional carrier, operating domestic routes below the radar screens of the big airline groups, but its current expansion puts the government-owned carrier into a much different and more competitive sector.
The major beneficiaries of this week’s frenetic (public relations) activity just outside Paris live half a world away. They are Asia’s emerging travellers – the millions that have never stepped inside an aircraft, but for whom air travel is becoming attainable. That opportunity took a major step forward as Asian carriers – many of whom the world had never heard of a decade or even five years ago – stepped up in front of the world’s media to order narrowbodies for the mass markets they see blossoming at home.
Two governments – those of Ecuador and Panama – announced in Jul-09 that they would convert military bases into commercial airport facilities. The Ecuadorean government sees the potential for a new regional hub at what was the US military’s narcotics surveillance base at Manta Eloy Alfaro International Airport while in Panama the government is keen to attract European tourists through the disused Howard Air Force base.