CARACAS, Venezuela–After announcing this week the devaluation of its currency (the Bolivar), the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is practically isolated. The Venezuelan travel agencies have stopped selling airline tickets after some international carriers like Air Europa, Iberia, Air France, Lufthansa, TAP-Portugal, TAME, COPA, United and American Airlines also decided to suspend ticket sales. The Venezuelan Government has a debt of up to 2800 million Euros with all the international airlines operating to the socialist country. This week governement officials met with Air Europa executives, hoping to find a solution in order to pay the debt with the airline, up to 130 million Euros, but it seems both parts couldn’t reach an agreement. The economist Francisco Faraco has defined the situation as “The Bankruptcy of the Venezuelan State”. Its believed that more airlines will suspend sales and most probably operations to Venezuelan airports in the near future.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador–CEPA (Comision Ejecutiva Portuaria Autonoma) presented today the Master Plan that will start in 2014 and should keep El Salvador’s Comalapa International Airport as an efficient terminal until 2032. The project will have two phases and will have a total cost of 500 million dollars. Once the upgrading and remodeling of the terminal, Comalapa International Airport should be able to handle 6.6 million passengers per year. The airport located close to the Pacific Coast is Avianca Airlines’ main connecting hub in Central America. Flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Washington-Dulles, Newark, New York-JFK, Chicago and Toronto operate to Comalapa International and connect to Central and South America. The airport is serviced by American Airlines, United Airlines, DELTA, Spirit Airlines, AeroMexico, COPA Airlines, Iberia Airlines and will also become the headquarters for the Salvadorian start-up VECA Airways.
MADRID,Spain–October 15th. Iberia Airlines launched its new image and livery. Since 1978 the airline had used its prior image, a white fuselage, three accent stripes (red,orange and yellow) and the stylized “IB” in the tail. The new corporate image is modern and it is expected to reflect the new Iberia (with British Airways both carriers are owned by International Airlines Group). In 2013 Iberia suspeded its services to Havana and San Juan. The airline operates from Madrid to Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boston, New York-JFK, Mexico City, Guatemala City, San Salvador, San Jose, Panama City and the most important cities of South America.
HAVANA, Cuba. — In April 1949 the Spanish flag carrier IBERIA started flights between Madrid and the Cuban capital Havana. Sixty four years later the airline will have on April 1st, 2013 its last flight to the island nation. The end of an era. For the Spanish carrier Cuba and the Dominican Republic are non-profitable destinations, reasons for the suspension of the air service. IBERIA operated daily flights from Madrid/Barajas International Airport to Havana with wide-bodied Airbus A-340-600s. The traffic between Spain and Cuba is huge but now it will have to be attended by the twice weekly flights of Cubana de Aviacion and the daily operation of Air Europa.