Avianca & Delta End Caracas (Venezuela) Flights

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Both Avianca and Delta Air Lines yesterday announced that they would follow other airlines and discontinue their services to Caracas (Venezuela).

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Avianca will end its daily services between Caracas and Bogota/Lima on August 16 and Delta will end its once weekly Atlanta – Caracas service on September 16.

Below you can find an excerpt from Bloomberg (access the entire piece here):

Avianca will stop its twice-daily flights between Caracas and Bogota as well as an almost daily flight to Lima on Aug. 16, the company said in a statement.

Venezuelans will now find it even harder to travel abroad, with the country practically cut off from the rest of Latin America on major carriers except for flights to Panama City operated by Copa Holdings SA. Outside of Latin America, American Airlines still flies from Caracas to Miami, while Air France, Iberia and Air Europa continue to service European destinations.

Conclusion

Airlines have billions of dollars funds from ticket sales trapped in Venezuela that they have not been able to repatriate (and never will – better write off those receivables to zero).

The country is in chaos and airlines have slowly cut off their services. United, LATAM, Aeromexico and Lufthansa have all ended their flights to Caracas in the past year.

I have been planning to visit Venezuela (the only county beside the Guyanas + Suriname) that I have not been in South America, but all Venezuelans that I know have strongly advised not to go before situation in the country calms down.

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  • Kenny Sun

    Hi John, I got two redeemed tickets, from UIO through BOG to CCS by AV8376 and AV66 on 26 Feb and 27 Feb 2018, one using United Mileage Plus and the other using Avianca LifeMiles. What should I do if the flight from BOG to CCS is cancelled next month?

    • Only Star Alliance options left are Copa and Turkish Airlines. Copa flies from Panama and Turkish from Istanbul via Havana.

      • Kenny Sun

        So I need to call United and Avianca to re-route my flight from UIO-BOG-CCS to UIO-PTY-CCS?

        • Kenny Sun

          After last night, all UIO-PTY-CCS seats for redemption are out now.

          • Not available? Wouldn’t surprise me. Not much capacity left to/from CCS.

  • Eduardo Morales Rodriguez

    Is a really sad news, as a biz traveller based in venezuela, each month it became harder to keep with international meeting schedules. Only 6 international routes left, and domestic routes are even harder to find.

    • Madrid, Panama and Miami. What else?

      Some Veneuelan airlines fly to Miami, right?

      • Eduardo Morales Rodriguez

        ALso Aruba, Curacao, Santo domindo DR And Punta Cana all serve by domestic airlines. Also port of spain serve by caribbean Airlines. Avior airlines (domestic) has also routes to Bogota, Medellin and Manaus. But domestic airlines have really limited avaliability and really low frecuency. Panama City and Miami are now our getaway hubs

        • Looks really dire and I am sure that both AA and CM price their flights accordingly.

          BTW do they still accept local cash for air ticket payments?

          • Eduardo Morales Rodriguez

            Only local airlines accept local currency. But only for a small porcent of the tickets, most are sell in american dollars

  • BenniHK

    how do the airlines get their funds out of Argentina? Don’t they have the same forex control?

    • There’s no longer difference between the official and blackmarket (dolar blue) rates. Not sure how the repatriation of funds work, however.

    • Eduardo Morales Rodriguez

      They have better politics. Some airlines have beeing trying to send funds backs for over 3 years