July 10, 2014
The state airline Consorcio Venezolano de Industrias Aeronáuticas y Servicios Aéreos, Conviasa, will start flights to Italy soon, to cover the national demand for tickets, the Minister for Water and Air Transport, Luis Graterol, reported on Tuesday.
“Conviasa has already submitted all the requests to the aeronautical authority at the Chancellery level to fly to Italy,” said Graterol in an interview for the Mesa Informativa program, broadcast by Venezolana de Televisión.
He explained that Conviasa will offer seven flights a week: five to Rome, the capital of Italy, and two to Milan.
He explained that with this new route the national government will cover the demand left by the Alitalia airline, which ceased its operations in the country.
Italian airline Alitalia said it had suspended its flights to the Venezuelan capital because the route was no longer profitable, AFP said.
In a statement, Alitalia states that “due to the critical situation of the exchange rate that is maintained in Venezuela and that makes these flights unprofitable, the company decided to temporarily suspend the Rome-Caracas route as of June 2” .
To cover the new route, “President Maduro authorized the acquisition of two Airbus 330-300 aircraft, it is the latest in aeronautical technology,” added Graterol.
YVKE World / AVN / AFP
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