Written by: Maria Corina Roldan and Enrique Perrella.
MIAMI – Venezuelan carrier Avior Airlines (9V) will add three new flights from Caracas (CCS) to Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), and Bogotá (BOG).
Interestingly, the Barcelona, Venezuela (BLA) based carrier already operates daily flights to MIA with an Airbus A340-300. Even though this flight is fed from the airline’s domestic network into BLA, the addition of a CCS-MIA and CCS-FLL routes might change the dynamics and profitability of this segment.
Gibson Preziuso, the airline’s Commercial Vice President, stated that Avior intends to add about 2,000 more seats per week to these destinations from CCS, especially now that several international carriers have stopped flying to Venezuela.
Currently, flights to South Florida from CCS are operated by American Airlines (AA), Laser (QL), and Santa Barbara (S3) only. With Avior’s new links to MIA, the market will see an addition of approximately 140 seats per day to MIA/FLL.
World Atlantic Changes Partner
According to Avior’s CEO, Juan Bracamonte, FLL and MIA flights will be operated by World Atlantic (K8), starting on October 9 and 10, respectively.
This is not the first time World Atlantic partners with a Venezuelan carrier. Laser Airlines (QL) lined up with the charter airline for their CCS – MIA route in 2016. However, this alliance didn’t last long. Laser’s route between CCS and MIA is currently operated by Swift Air (WQ) and World Atlantic will begin partnering with Avior.
Miami and Fort Lauderdale?
Avior’s move to serve two competing, neighboring airports with very different yield structures is both bold and risky. American Airlines tried serving the CCS-FLL route in the early 2000s, but terminated it rapidly due to high yields and poor loads. However, today, a growing Venezuelan diaspora in the vicinities of FLL may play against Avior’s favor.
Moreover, Avior claims that all flights to MIA and FLL will connect to its other domestic (Maracaibo, Valencia and Puerto Ordaz) and international (Guayaquil, Lima, and Manaus) destinations.
Fort Lauderdale’s four-time-a-week service will depart from CCS at 09:00, returning back at 14:00 all in local times.
Miami, on the other hand, will depart from CCS on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 09:00. returning back at 14:00.
It remains to be seen how the new MIA and FLL routes play against the current BLA-MIA service on the airline’s A340-300, given that most of the airline’s traffic originates in CCS and is routed via its hub in BLA.
The daily service between Caracas and Bogotá is set to begin on October 3. According to the carrier, the departing flight from Caracas is scheduled at 06:30.
Avior, growing steady
Avior Airlines started operations in 1994, initially using a five-seat Cessna Skymaster for charter flights on domestic touristic destinations places like Margarita Island and Canaima (Angel Falls).
Today, the airline has a fleet of 27 aircraft: one Airbus A340-300, five Boeing 737-200s, 12 Boeing 737-400s, and six Fokker 50s operated by Avior Regional.