Aruba's Tiara reduces flights with financial woes

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Aruba's Tiara Air has significantly scaled back its operations as the airline faces financial troubles.

The carrier has suspended operations on most of its routes, and is serving only Maracaibo and Las Piedras in Venezuela, says Aruba's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

The DCA's manager of air traffic services, Louis Reed, tells Flightglobal that the airline is in financial trouble but was not able to provide more details immediately. Repeated attempts by Flightglobal to reach Tiara Air officials were not successful.

Tiara Air has a fleet of four aircraft, Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows. These comprise a Boeing 737, a Bombardier Learjet 35 and a Bombardier Short 360.

Industry sources in Aruba tell Flightglobal the carrier is currently operating only the 737 on its reduced flights.

Tiara Air had operated to Bonaire, Curacao, Riochacha (Colombia), Caracas and Fort Lauderdale before it scaled back its operations. The airline was launched in 2006 by entrepreneur Alejandro Muyale.