Venezuela: After Failing to Get Authorization, Estelar Airlines Cancels Scheduled…

On December 27, 2022, the Venezuelan Aviation Authority issued a statement confirming that Estelar Airlines was not authorized to fly to Bogota. In September last year, the National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC) added Colombia on its list of countries authorized for regular passenger operations to Venezuela. The Venezuelan airline…

State-Owned SATENA is the First Colombian Airline to Fly to…

On November 9 Satena became the first Colombian airline to land again in Venezuela after the pandemic. The state-owned airline and Turpial Airlines were the first airlines to operate non-stop services between the two nations after a suspension of more than two years. Flight 9R 8920 was operated in an…

Venezuela Is Close to Recover its Prepandemic Transatlantic Network

In recent weeks, the transatlantic market in Venezuela has been steadily reactivated with the resumption of operations by multiple airlines. The country will offer 12,464 seats per week in December, representing a 95 percent recovery from pre-pandemic levels. Almost all international carriers operating to the Atlantic have resumed operations, except for…

Venezuela’s Conviasa Sets Plan to Reach China, Iran, Russia

Sunday, Feb. 7 marked a year since the United States banned Conviasa from entering the United States. On that occasion, the United States Department of the Treasury informed the airline that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) included 40 Conviasa airplanes on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons…

Turpial Airlines Provides Its Aircraft with ADS-B System

Venezuelan carrier Turpial Airlines has updated the first of three Boeing 737-400s implementing the ADS-B system as part of its objective to provide the best quality, safety and technology to its passengers. According to Aviacionaldia, Turpial Airlines is the first Venezuelan airline to comply with this requirement, having successfully completed…

Chasing the Blue Whale: An AvGeeks’ 10-Day Journey to Spot…

It's quarter to 1 a.m. on a cold winter night in Buenos Aires with temperatures around 37 degrees. Three lights appear in the pitch-black sky and grow brighter as they approach, perfectly aligned with Runway 11 at Ezeiza International Airport. It is hard to see any detail of the approaching…

Iran’s Mahan Air Operates Flight to Venezuela, Seeks Permanent Connection

Just after 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 8, an unusual visitor arrived at Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas, Venezuela. A Mahan Air Airbus A340-600 landed in the Venezuelan capital after a 15-hour flight from Tehran, Iran. A rare routing for the Iranian carrier, the flight was not bringing Iranian…

Emptying Skies: Tracing International Connectivity in Venezuela

With American Airlines pulling out of Venezuela last week following increased political and social unrest, conceding with the retirement of U.S. diplomatic forces from the country, international outbound connectivity from Venezuela has been halted with very few carriers operating flights out of the country. As an attempt to show how…

American Airlines Suspends Service to Venezuela

Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines has announced that it will be suspending service to Venezuela due to rising security concerns and unrest in the nation. American was the remaining major U.S. carrier that was still offering service to the Latin American nation. The decision to suspend the service came after…