The European Union just banned it from flying to Europe and the Caribbean. The reason? Not complying with “operational procedures.” The decision is not permanent, but getting blacklisted is not conducive to building a solid brand.
Right before this happened, the passengers of a Maiquetia-Madrid flight had to wait 30 hours in the region’s worst airport because of a “technical failure.” They finally left, but not without making a stink about their ordeal. Another flight to Buenos Aires was delayed for the same reason. Just when things couldn’t get worse, the airline workers decided to hold a little protest of their own. The reason – their difficult situation, as the number of available planes is just 2 or 3 for all their operations.
Conviasa took three years to set up shop after it was announced in 2001. The situation is critical after the tragic accident of Flight 2350 in 2010, which crashed near Ciudad Guayana. After the accident, all ATR 42 planes were grounded, and several domestic and foreign destinations were eliminated.
Lest you think this is caused by who its shareholder is, Conviasa’s case is not isolated. Venezuelan civil aviation is on yellow alert, according to experts. Days ago, an Aserca plane had to make an emergency landing. The aging fleet and lack of spare parts has made the experience of flying into an ordeal.