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International airlines will resume routes to Venezuela

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International airlines are ready to resume flights to Venezuela years after many pulled out of the country due to huge financial losses and coronavirus restrictions.

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At least five airlines have signaled they plan to start, or resume, flights to the capital Caracas by the end of the year, according to the Venezuelan Airline Association, including airlines air France, Iberia Air Y Avianca Group International from Colombia.

Latin American low-cost airlines Wingo Y Sky Airlinesalso expressed interest, according to the president of the association, Humberto Figuera.

International airlines closely follow the news related to the economic recovery in Venezuela, and see an opportunity in that, he said. leudo gonzalezpresident of the largest private tourism association in Venezuela, Conseturismo.

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Most expectations are placed on resuming direct connections with Colombia, which, according to Gonzalezwould give a great boost to the growth that Venezuelan tourism has had so far this year.

Avianca, which suspended flights to Venezuela five years ago, plans to resume service between Colombia and Venezuela at the end of the year. Those plans, however, depend on approval from regulators and guarantees on safety standards in Caracas, according to a company representative in Bogotá.

aviation regulators Venezuela they have been slow to ease COVID-19 restrictions, authorizing connections to only a handful of international destinations, even as traffic elsewhere in Latin America has largely recovered to near pre-pandemic levels.

The renewed interest from airlines comes as Venezuela emerges from a multi-year economic recession during which several carriers halted flights to the country, unable to turn a profit on their routes. Currently, fewer than 10 companies serve Venezuela, compared to more than 30 a decade ago.

On an international trip to meet with allies this week, President Nicolás Maduro said weekly direct flights between Venezuela The US and Iran would resume for the first time in a decade and direct service between Caracas and Algiers would soon be launched. It did not specify which airline would fly those routes, but the government had earlier said that the state-owned airline Conviasa would fly to Tehran.

Last month, Qatar Airlines began looking for Venezuelan cabin crew, according to an announcement posted on its website. US airlines are still unable to fly to Venezuela due to Treasury Department sanctions.

Source: Gestion

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