Several executives of bankrupt Dutch Antilles Express (DAE), which ceased operations last month, are reportedly setting up a successor company named Trupi Air.
According to a former DAE employee, Trupi's visible head is Frank Weise, who represented Venezuela's Aeropostal in the Dutch Antilles until 2012 and acted temporarily as DAE's general manager in 2011.
Little is known about the project, although the source points out that regulatory filings for an air operators certificate are "under preparation" and that the company hopes to start flying this year to several destinations in Venezuela, such as Caracas and Valencia, and to Central America. In Europe, "Portugal and Belgium could be among the most likely candidates to get Trupi Flights", the source says.
DAE ceased operations in late August after months of battling to recover vital Venezuelan traffic rights after Caracas withdraw all route authorities from the airline earlier this year "over safety concerns".
DAE operated a mini-hub on the island located less than 100km off the Venezuelan coast, drawing connecting traffic from the South American country into its Caribbean network. It competed with Venezuela's state-owned Conviasa, especially after the latter started receiving Embraer regional jets aimed at expending operations into the Caribbean region.