QUITO, Ecuador–Ecuadorian flag carrier TAME has informed that in April, it will start Quito-Fort Lauderdale-Quito flights. This will be the second U.S. gateway for TAME (the airline already operates to New York-JFK). Fernando Guerrero, the General Manager of the airline is revamping its schedule, hoping to convert Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport in a connecting hub. The flights from Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Lima will easily connect in Quito to New York-JFK, Fort Lauderdale and Havana, Cuba. The airline also analyzes if to suspend its flights to Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport for six months as load factors are around 50%. Also TAME has a code sharing agreement with the Panamanian airline COPA Airlines. Guerrero is planning to adjust TAME’s actual structure to the growth the airline has had in the last years, becoming the most important carrier of the country. At the moment more international routes are just in planning analysis like Quito-San Jose, Costa Rica. Last May Avianca’s TACA Airlines suspended its operations connecting the Ecuadorian capital with San Jose opening the opportunity for TAME’s operation to the Costa Rican capital.
ORANJESTAAD, Aruba–The Aruban airline, Tiara Air recently filed for an automatic stay which will prevent creditors and collectors from trying to collect debts from the ailing air company. Tiara Air N.V., operating as Tiara Air Aruba, is an airline headquartered and based on the grounds of Aruba, in the Dutch Caribbean, which began operations in 2006. The airline currently operates scheduled flights to Bonaire, Colombia, Curacao, Fort Lauderdale and Caracas, Maracaibo and Punto Fijo in Venezuela. The airline operates a fleet consisting of the Shorts 360 and one Boeing 737-300 aircraft for passenger operations, with a Learjet 35 for ambulance and private operations. The airline has been camping with financial trouble for a while now. The government headed by Prime Minister Mike Eman has recently approved a bridge loan from a special emergency fund to keep the airline operating while waiting for the Venezuelan Commission for the Administration of Currency Exchange (CADIVI). CADIVI is one of the main causes of financial problems for various airlines in the Caribbean region, including the Curacao airline Insel Air. According to CADIVI reports, Venezuela owes Tiara Air about 40 million dollars.The automatic stay will give the company the required space to adjust its operations and to reduce its flights to Venezuela. The airline announced that it will increase its operations to Curacao, Bonaire and Colombia. The airline had expansion plans into Panama and Costa Rica, but at the moment new routes are not considered. The Netherlands Antilles have lost several national airlines: ALM Antillean Airlines (Antilliaanse Luchtvaart Maatschappij) that ceased operations in 2001, Air Aruba that ceased operations in 2000 and Dutch Antilles Express ceased in 2013.