Venezuela's LaMia gets first Avro RJ 85, changes base to Porlamar

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The Venezuelan startup carrier LaMia has taken delivery of the first ex-Cityjet Avro RJ 85 while it decided to move its headquarters from Merida in the Andean region to Porlamar, in the Caribbean Margarita Island.

A source at the Margarita tourism bureau says that the airline has already confirmed its move to the island and the launch of operations in February 2014.

Routes will be operated with a fleet of four ARJ 85 jets from Porlamar to several domestic destinations and Boa Vista in Nothern Brazil. A second base is planned to be established in Puerto Ordaz.

LaMia operated briefly using a ATR 72 wet-leased from Spain's Swift Air, but suspended operations in 2010. Since then, rumours about a relaunch with the ex-Cityjet ARJ 85 aircraft have resurfaced regularly, but with the arrival of the first aircraft and the move to Porlamar, the launch of operations now seems imminent.