Caribbean carrier InselAir will temporarily drop Quito from its network later this year, as it seeks to reduce costs while facing financial difficulties.
The Curacao-based airline says it will stop serving Quito during the low season from 12 January until 19 June. It will resume Quito flights in the peak travel season with nonstop service from Curacao. InselAir was operating to the Ecuadorian capital from both Curacao and Aruba, where it operates a sister carrier.
InselAir is the only carrier operating to Quito from Aruba and Curacao, FlightGlobal schedules data show.
Separately, InselAir says it will suspend service between Miami and Port au Prince, as well as between Curacao and Valencia in Venezuela. It plans to resume the flights during the high travel season. InselAir will also suspend flights between Curacao and Havana in February, and will resume flights in March.
American Airlines and Air France operate nonstop between Miami and Port au Prince. JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines and American also fly to Port au Prince from Fort Lauderdale. InselAir's exit from Curacao-Valencia will leave Venezuelan carriers Avior Airlines and Rutaca serving the route.
The airline says it hopes to achieve cost savings of ANG2 million ($1.13 million) monthly by the end of February, and adds that it is "well on its way" to attaining this.
InselAir has about $100 million trapped in Venezuela, which owes global airlines billions of dollars in revenue.
Source: Cirium Dashboard