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by jmmadrid
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Ryanair taking delivery of the 737-Max so late?
Replies: 16
Views: 3764

Re: Why is Ryanair taking delivery of the 737-Max so late?

O'Leary wasted a lot of time shopping around, he was probably not happy with the first dozen of quotes he received from Boeing, so while he was devising strategies to save some money, other airlines just came and bought the first available slots and paid Boeing what they were asking for. Some intere...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7306

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

What is the rationale behind that? Venezuelan economy is in shambles, public safety is at a minimum and they want to open a base there? Sounds more political than economical. We all agreed after a few posts that this was just politics and it's not going to happen, but we decided to leave politics a...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7306

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

Unless it has changed recently, Estelar flies once a week to SCL and twice/week to EZE with that HiFly 340. The same plane that goes to Madrid too. I believe that chilean authorities denied permission and the route is not operating. Not sure if they sorted that out. Anyway, ESTELAR would be no comp...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7306

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

It could be that Venezuela is offering them 5th freedom rights which would help fill those planes CCS-XXX-CCS. For example, there are currently no nonstop flights between CCS and SCL- a favourite destination for the venezuelan diaspora-. Passengers between these cities need to fly COPA via PTY and ...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7306

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

The thing is due to the issues in Venezuela the Venezuelan diaspora are not going back to the country even to visit remaining relatives (too dangerous). That is not the market to target for growth. Wrong. The diaspora can face many problems (illegal status, low paid jobs, lack of passport, etc) tha...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7306

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

mercure1 wrote:
TK makes money in markets other avoid - Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Iraq, etc.

They know how to make sweet lemonade from lemons, so don't see why they cant make the adversity in Venezuela to their advantage.


Especially when they have two dictatorial governments on their side!

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7306

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

Dismissing politics, do you think it makes business sense for TK to open a base in CCS having BOG and PTY as Star hubs? It could be that Venezuela is offering them 5th freedom rights which would help fill those planes CCS-XXX-CCS. For example, there are currently no nonstop flights between CCS and ...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Turkish to open base in CCS
Replies: 38
Views: 7306

Re: Turkish to open base in CCS

agree would make sense. 4 x weekly SCL-CCS-IST 3 x weekly HAV-CCS-IST 4 x weekly LIM-CCS-IST 3 x weekly UIO-CCS-IST CCS-IST twice daily? WOW that's ambitious! Could start with ONE daily flight, plus: 2 x weekly SCL-CCS-IST 3 x weekly LIM-CCS-IST 2 x weekly UIO-CCS-IST HAV could get its own dedicate...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Venezuelan aviation
Replies: 16
Views: 1513

Re: Venezuelan aviation

But a rapid research revealed that there's a substantial Venezuelan community on Canary Islands, mostly on Tenerife. And vice versa, there's still a substantial canarian community in Venezuela. Without a direct flight to Tenerife, folks need to fly all the way to Madrid and backtrack, adding at lea...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Venezuelan aviation
Replies: 16
Views: 1513

Re: Venezuelan aviation

Venezuela's financial problems will not disappear with the "end" of chavismo. The economy, even under a very efficient, business-friendly government, willl take years if not decades to recover. Venezuelan airlines are facing four big problems: 1) Lack of easy and legal access to foreign cu...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viseu (VSE) aerodrome turning an airport?
Replies: 24
Views: 1624

Re: Viseu (VSE) aerodrome turning an airport?

Navarra (Pamplona) is one of the wealthiest regions in Spain, with many local industries with interests in Europe and also a Volkswagen factory. Air Nostrum flies multiple times a day with CRJ. Exactly! Apples to pears.... In addition, Pamplona's metropolitan area population is more than 3 times th...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viseu (VSE) aerodrome turning an airport?
Replies: 24
Views: 1624

Re: Viseu (VSE) aerodrome turning an airport?

This airport will be good to operations LCC (FR, U2, VY, ZI, ...) and some flag carriers (AF, LH, BA, IB, KL, ..., and of course TP ) if the airport and tourism in Viseu starts to grow... VINCI ANA airports will concessionate it... You are being over optimistic and you are over estimating Viseu's t...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viseu (VSE) aerodrome turning an airport?
Replies: 24
Views: 1624

Re: Viseu (VSE) aerodrome turning an airport?

It would be considerably easier to construct a clean sheet airport. VSE's physical runway is 1,200m, with a constrained non ILS runway strip. Just to implement a 300m wide Cat 3/4 ILS runway strip in the current location would require all of the existing airfield's infrastructure to be flattened. T...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Norwegian axes Madrid-Palma de Mallorca
Replies: 3
Views: 1131

Re: Unconfirmed: Norwegian axes Madrid-Palma de Mallorca

Are you sure it's only a matter of yields? Their competitors on this route are Iberia Express (11 daily flights), Air Europa (6 daily flights), and Ryanair (3 daily flights), and all of them charge similar prices (of course it depends on the day and the particular flight). If you are an european low...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Norwegian axes Madrid-Palma de Mallorca
Replies: 3
Views: 1131

Unconfirmed: Norwegian axes Madrid-Palma de Mallorca

Has been a rumour over the last few months but now it seems official, flights are not bookable after October 27th. I know the most likely reason is financials, however as a frequent flyer of that route I can assure you all flights were full and yields were not bad at all for a 65 minute flight on a ...

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by jmmadrid
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is proper protocol for clearing vomit on aircraft?
Replies: 25
Views: 2089

Re: What is proper protocol for clearing vomit on aircraft?

My brother and my sister in law were flying AIR FRANCE to Paris for their honeymoon. Just before take off, a girl a few rows down vomited all her contents and then some. The crew were informed, in turn they informed the captain, and went back to the gate. Everybody got off, cleaning services came in...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL
Replies: 49
Views: 5500

Re: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL

It's difficult to put all Spaniards in the same box. For people from West Andalucia (Jerez, Sevilla), Algarve is a day or weekend trip. For madrileños, a trip to Algarve requires more logistics and a lot of driving, so it's not so popular. For people from Northern Spain and the Mediterranean coast, ...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL
Replies: 49
Views: 5500

Re: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL

MAD-MIA is by far the second largest market in the US from Madrid after New York. And Madrid is Miami's second busiest destination in Europe only after London. What we do not know is how many of those passengers would rather fly to FLL, if they were given the option. I guess we will soon find out. ...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico to take legal action against EK
Replies: 60
Views: 10105

Re: Aeromexico to take legal action against EK

Using 5th freedom rights in 2018 as a way to "steal" the market from Western legacies should not be permitted. I usually agree with you on most topics, but in this case I dispute your use of the word "steal". Airlines do not steal passengers from other airlines. The way it works...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air's DEN - CDG flight is already failing?
Replies: 49
Views: 11482

Re: Norwegian Air's DEN - CDG flight is already failing?

DEN-BCN? Really?
I'm all for out-of-the-box thinking and being innovative, create and develop new markets, etc, but this route IMHO is far fetched.

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by jmmadrid
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is BA's strategy to hold market share at slot congested Heathrow?
Replies: 30
Views: 4052

Re: What is BA's strategy to hold market share at slot congested Heathrow?

British Airways do not lose sleep over market share or number of passengers... all they care about is PROFIT. If they can make the same money flying a more efficient, smaller plane with passengers paying better fares, then as BA are concerned, the less "interesting" Economy class passenger...

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by jmmadrid
Thu May 31, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico to take legal action against EK
Replies: 60
Views: 10105

Re: Aeromexico to take legal action against EK

Just when we thought that Delta had a childish and unrealistic attitude towards the ME3, comes AEROMEXICO and trumps it. Barcelona-Mexico was unserved and nobody had shown any interest in it for many years. Emirates approached the Spanish government and requested it. The Spanish government, that is ...

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by jmmadrid
Sun May 27, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Service Dog gives birth to puppies at TPA!
Replies: 22
Views: 1896

Re: Service Dog gives birth to puppies at TPA!

What kind of "service dog" are these? Is their owner blind? I've never seen one blind person with TWO service dogs. If someone absolutely needs one (or two!) service dogs then I wonder if such short trips by plane -albeit an emergency- are a good idea. In some cases, an adult who doesn't n...

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by jmmadrid
Thu May 24, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA ends another African destination - June 2018
Replies: 57
Views: 10857

Re: BA ends another African destination - June 2018

To bad Gibraltar has such a short runway. with low loads LHR-GIB-LAD would have been interesting. Is it a joke? What is the connection between Gibraltar and Angola? What's the daily POW between these two places? With only a few exceptions, BA only fly nonstop from London to their destinations, they...

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by jmmadrid
Fri May 18, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico resumes Barcelona service
Replies: 76
Views: 9772

Re: Aeromexico resumes Barcelona service

http://www.dineroenimagen.com/carlos-velazquez/emirates-precedente-preocupante-para-la-industria-aerea/99229 Sorry is in Spanish, from a prominent Tourist writer in a newspaper, MEX government granted 5th freedom to EMIRATES.......Hello Mexico Goodness me! That wonderful and prominent journalist cl...

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by jmmadrid
Thu May 17, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico resumes Barcelona service
Replies: 76
Views: 9772

Re: Aeromexico resumes Barcelona service

The timings for this flight are going to be interesting. BCN already has 2 daily flights that connect to the small hours bank and the 8am bank in Dubai. My understanding is that the former is the most important one, so if EK want MEX to connect to this one, the flight should leave MEX around 19:00 a...

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by jmmadrid
Thu May 17, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIr Europa will increase flights to COR & ASU to daily
Replies: 7
Views: 1028

Re: AIr Europa will increase flights to COR & ASU to daily

IB DID fly to Córdoba three times per week back in 2010 but it failed miserably.
Maybe the market was not mature enough?
Maybe it was the Airbus 340's fault?

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by jmmadrid
Thu May 17, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico resumes Barcelona service
Replies: 76
Views: 9772

Re: Aeromexico resumes Barcelona service

So AM is a dog in the manger? I hope this clears the way for EK to fly this route.
It's frustrating there's so little official information available about what is going on.

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by jmmadrid
Fri May 11, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico resumes Barcelona service
Replies: 76
Views: 9772

Re: Aeromexico resumes Barcelona service

That is one great commercial. I hope more companies (not just airlines) follow with a similar approach.

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by jmmadrid
Mon May 07, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: Etihad going to announce to cancel & defer aircraft.
Replies: 164
Views: 38156

Re: RUMOUR: Etihad going to announce to cancel & defer aircraft.

They need to do some serious soul-searching and figure out what they can do better/differently than EK and QR. The O&D from AbuDhabi is much smaller than Dubai's. Competitive disadvantage number one. Without a myriad of 380s, they cannot achieve EK's critical mass and CASM. Competitive disadvant...

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by jmmadrid
Sun May 06, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: Etihad going to announce to cancel & defer aircraft.
Replies: 164
Views: 38156

Re: RUMOUR: Etihad going to announce to cancel & defer aircraft.

JAAlbert wrote:
What was the thought process of Etihad ordering so many aircraft? I assume some are for replacement, but that still leaves quite a few aircraft. Did the airline have unrealistic expectations or have market conditions changed for them since ordering the planes?


Mine is bigger than yours?

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by jmmadrid
Sun May 06, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAN, MIA to Punta Cana to SCL
Replies: 7
Views: 824

Re: LAN, MIA to Punta Cana to SCL

It's all about the bilaterals. Due to its geographic location, Chile has many 5th freedom rights/flights from the USA that come from the times when they had to stop somewhere between USA and Chile. They no longer need the technical stops at intermediate points, but I guess some of them still make co...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack
Replies: 177
Views: 20827

Re: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack

Last time I flew to the US, I was carrying a small box of chocolates in my backpack. I declared it and the agent just wanted to confirm it was a box of chocolate and nothing else. She didn't even ask to see it. She said chocolates are fine. I didn't see any dogs by the way.

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by jmmadrid
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia lays off its EZE staff
Replies: 37
Views: 6748

Re: Iberia lays off its EZE staff

This is a common trend in Spain since the crisis started in 2008, and it affects many industries, not just Aviation. Their logic is simple: Why hire people on permanent contracts with good salaries when "the same" can be achieved hiring people for a couple of months, with no benefits, for ...

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by jmmadrid
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join
Replies: 65
Views: 5587

Re: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join

Some time ago there was a post about the possibility of ELAL creating or promoting a 4th alliance. It would suit many indies from Europe and Asia. The whole thing sounded like Sci-fi and I'm not sure if it was meant to be more than a joke.

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by jmmadrid
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY cancel PER
Replies: 45
Views: 10407

Re: EY cancel PER

What's going on with Birmingham?
"Only" served by QR and EK, however both airlines losing a significant number of passengers.

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by jmmadrid
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 93
Views: 9928

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

The problem with Robespierre's thinking is that not everyone is cut to be or wants to be a hero. Some folks want to live a normal life and offer their children a better future - and I'd argue the latter are the majority. I'm sure you meant: Not everyone has the cojones to be a hero. Big tongues to ...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian released worst forever monthly RASK 0,26 NOK
Replies: 113
Views: 18906

Re: Norwegian released worst forever monthly RASK 0,26 NOK

NOrwegian is a bitterly hated and divisive entity. Hated mostly among competitors and their employees and friends. That doesn't matter. Most passengers do not feel sympathy for the very high-paid staff of legacy airlines. Many posters seem to express waves of protectionism and mercantilism here. A ...

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by jmmadrid
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 93
Views: 9928

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

IMHO, it will be no surprise if during the time CM is expected not to fly to Venezuela, some Venezuelans charter 7P to fly PAC-CCS-PAC and let the passengers figure out how to transfer between PAC and PTY. That solution would not be very practical because venezuelans need a visa to enter Panamá. Th...

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by jmmadrid
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe to Africa discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 6211

Re: Europe to Africa discussion

Does anyone else think the A321LR will be a key factor in bypassing the ME3/1 on EU/Africa Long thin where WB too much? BA AF LH TP IB would have ideal hubs to reach Africa with the right sized equipment. Why IB have not already developed a comprehensive West Africa network from Madrid, using 319s ...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 93
Views: 9928

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

Jmmadrid, I agree with dcajet here. Venezuela has so many facets that make life unbearable, apart from the persecution and street crime. When your kids have nothing to eat, it's really hard to have the cojones or the patience to stay. I understand both sides, what I criticise is the hypocrisy and t...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 93
Views: 9928

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

The problem with Robespierre's thinking is that not everyone is cut to be or wants to be a hero. Some folks want to live a normal life and offer their children a better future - and I'd argue the latter are the majority. I'm sure you meant: Not everyone has the cojones to be a hero. Big tongues to ...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 93
Views: 9928

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

This may be a way for them to stop the flow of people fleeing the country. Maduro and the revolution in general actually want as much of the higher/middle class out of Venezuela as possible. Then they can do as they wish, not that anything is stopping them lately - never seen such a pathetic opposi...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 93
Views: 9928

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

No, the route from Maracaibo to the Colombian town of Maicao is extremely dangerous. It is a route I would never take. Prefer San Antonio/Cúcuta any day. I did that trip a couple of months back: Maracaibo-San Antonio, walk the border bridge to Cúcuta, and to Santa Marta from there. 36 hours in a bu...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 93
Views: 9928

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

High time for CM or Wingo to start CUC-PTY (or even better, CUC-EZE, -LIM and -SCL if bilaterals so permit) . I understand your point, and you are right, it will not happen, but not because of the time scale of the problem (because transient, it is not), but rather because that would be a Latin Ame...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 93
Views: 9928

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

High time for CM or Wingo to start CUC-PTY (or even better, CUC-EZE, -LIM and -SCL if bilaterals so permit) . While it sounds like a good idea, I believe that it would require a lot of effort and investment to address a problem that nobody knows how long will last. The most likely flight would be C...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 93
Views: 9928

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

Also, many venezuelans who live abroad travel to their country often to visit their families. I have a Venezuelan friend based in Montreal with a brother in Argentina. The family no longer gathers in Venezuela, they just gather in Argentina instead. Not worth entering it if you don't need to. Utter...

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by jmmadrid
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government
Replies: 93
Views: 9928

Re: COPA ops in Venezuela suspended by the Maduro government

I'm surprised anyone still flies to CCS or Venezuela. If there was a place in the Americas that should become a no-fly zone, it should be Venezuela, to put pressure to force Nicolas Maduro out. It seems the real business is to fly people OUT of Venezuela. Most flights are full. Also, many venezuela...

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by jmmadrid
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian PVD-Guadeloupe/Martinique Service .. ??
Replies: 17
Views: 3323

Re: Norwegian PVD-Guadeloupe/Martinique Service .. ??

Most of these routes from the USA to FDF and PTP are seasonal, just for the northern winter, and will very likely return in late October. I have a family member who works for Norwegian and was based in FDF for 5 months. She said the loads were good and the company is happy with these routes. Obvious...

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by jmmadrid
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Andes to fly from AEP to the Falklands Islands
Replies: 23
Views: 4432

Re: Andes to fly from AEP to the Falklands Islands

Personally, as the son of a decorated for gallantry Falklands veteran, I wish the dead and the veterans would be left to quietly remember, grieve and forgive without the dickheads causing issues. I believe this is the right approach. BOTH parties (key word: BOTH) should forgive, and I would add for...

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