Conviasa to launch seven international routes in 2011

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Venezuela's state owned flag carrier Conviasa in 2011 plans to inaugurate service to six new Latin American destinations and a new intercontinental flight to Moscow.

According to the Venezuelan Ministry of Transport, Conviasa will launch on 30 April a daily, Boeing 737-300-operated flight from Caracas to Bogota, Colombia. This follows a substantial improvement of the bilateral relations between both countries during the recent months.

Last year Venezuela revoked the traffic rights of most routes to Colombia in the middle of political tensions between both countries. At that moment, both Copa Colombia and Aires abandoned the Venezuelan market, leaving only Avianca operating a limited network of flights between both countries.

From June to October, Conviasa plans to introduce new routes to Quito, Ecuador; Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Managua, Nicaragua; Cancun, Mexico; and Manaus in Brazil. No information is provided about the aircraft to be used or if the expansion will require the acquisition of additional aircraft.

Conviasa also plans to introduce a new, Airbus A340 operated route from Caracas to Moscow "before the end of the year".