Veneuzuela's state-owned flag carrier Conviasa plans to increase frequencies and add destinations in Europe after it was removed from the list of carriers banned from European airspace.
A spokesperson at Venezuela's Ministry of Tourism says that the ban cost Conviasa "several hundred thousand dollars" every month as it opted to maintain its only European route, to Madrid, with different wet lease operators, most recently Portugal's Orbest and Air Italy.
He says that the airline will resume flights to Madrid with its own Airbus A340-200 "immediately", adding one weekly frequency to the existing twice weekly flights. He also confirms Milan as a "probable" new destination, adding that Lisbon is also a possibility.
"Negotiations are underway with Aeroflot to incorporate Moscow [to Conviasa's network]," he says. However, he could not confirm if the operating carrier of the potential code share alliance would be Aeroflot or Conviasa.
Conviasa plans to expand its international presence with the incorporation of Airbus A330 jets, an announcement which was made during Veneuzuelan president Nicolas Maduro's recent visit to France.