Avianca announces suspension of its Barbados service

Citing “operational limitations”, the Colombian airline Avianca Monday announced the immediate suspension of its service between Bogota and Barbados.

In a statement, the company also said it had scheduled a transfer flight to accommodate those passengers left stranded in Barbados.

“Avianca requests travellers on the island to contact their local travel agency or to visit the airline’s service points at the Grantley Adams International Airport to reserve their tickets,” a press release issued by the company on Monday afternoon said.

It explained that the flight from Bogota to Barbados would leave at 2 p.m. (3 p.m. Barbados time) with the return flight scheduled to leave here at 7:50 p.m.

“Due to operational limitations, Avianca decided to suspend flights between Bogota and Barbados indefinitely,” the company said, while assuring that all efforts would be made to serve travellers with reservations on cancelled flights and to provide them with a solution.

“Avianca regrets the impact that the suspension of operations may have on customers and thanks [them for their] understanding to this measure aimed at preserving safety and security,” the airline added.

Just last week, the airline announced it would be suspending flights to Venezuela from August 16, but later changed the date to last Thursday, leaving passengers scrambling for new arrangements.

The move by one of Latin America’s largest airlines came on the same day that the Donald Trump administration in Washington announced sanctions against 13 Venezuelan senior officials, and the opposition scheduled what turned out to be a flop of a “4

German Efromovich

8-hour strike”.

 

German Efromovich, the company’s chairman and main shareholder, has known links to the region’s right-wing elites including Argentina’s Mauricio Macri and Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe.

In fact, according to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, Argentina’s judiciary is currently investigating Efromovich and Macri for a business deal involving presumed illicit association, and fraud against the public administration, among other things.

However, as in the case with Barbados, the company cited “security and operational limitations” as the reason for its Caracas suspension.

Source: (PR)

20 Responses to Avianca announces suspension of its Barbados service

  1. Alexander A. Antomarchi-Yearwood
    Alexander A. Antomarchi-Yearwood July 31, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Gol from Brazil suspended, Delta flight from Atlanta suspended, Avianca flight from Colombia suspended…..Who’s next? At this rate we’ll have to leave Barbados on a boat.

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    • Ivana Cardinale August 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      You didn’t read the article? Everything that happens in this world is Maduro’s fault or Putin. No one assumes their loss, or responsibility. Even if you get divorced is Maduro’s o Putin’s fault.

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  2. Bradg August 1, 2017 at 5:59 am

    It comes down to economics. If the numbers don’t make sense you have to stop.

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  3. The truth August 1, 2017 at 8:12 am

    It is not economics. It is the unstable situation in Venezuela. For safety they are not flying over that country

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    • Ivana Cardinale August 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Safety? Venezuela banned Avianca for flying over the Venezuelan airspace. You can’t read this in this whole article.

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  4. BG August 1, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Yes. It has nothing to do with economics and everything to do with the volatile situation in Venezuela which is on the verge of becoming a dictatorship and descending into civil war. The Barbados-Bogotá flights are always at the least half full to full and recently every flight has been packed. Avianca has cancelled all flights to Caracas and is avoiding flying over Venezuela as a whole. Avianca has made it quite clear in its Colombian bulletin that its reasons have everything to do with ‘safety and security.’

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  5. Mirna Hughes August 1, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Ignoring the situation in Venezuela will not stop affecting the rest of countries in the Caribe. This may just be the beginning. Also, the Venezuelan embassy is working hard on Barbados government to join PetroCaribe, hopefully this will not happened.

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  6. Ivana Cardinale August 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Lies of Avianca. The flight of Avianca to Barbados has been a direct flight from Colombia, that has nothing to do with Venezuela. The truth here is that, Avianca planes go and comes almost EMPTY. The Avianca flights Colombia-Barbados have been subsidized by the “two governments” but are always almost empty, so, Avianca is flying to Barbados just for fun? Barbados is in economic recession, so, who is paying for those empty flights? Avianca? that now is facing a scandal in Argentina? The world has to know that Alvaro Uribe is the biggest drug cartel in Colombia and the chief of the paramilitary forces, created by his father. He was the 82nd man most wanted by the FBI due to his connections with Pablo Escobar. Uribe was Escobar right hand. Was one of his lawyers and support for the trafficking through airports managed by Uribe, who negotiated with Bush his freedom in exchange for subservience. So, whoever is doing business with Alvaro Uribe, is doing business with the biggest drug cartel of Colombia.

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    • The truth August 1, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      You are as aggressive in your comments or even far more aggressive than any Venezuelan who pays tribute to dictator Madura.
      Hope you are enjoying the good food in Barbados that you cannot get in what is left of your country.

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    • Russell Turk August 1, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      The cancellation has everything to do with Venezuela! The flight uses Venezuelan airspace, for which the Venezuelan authorities said they could not “guarantee safety” to any Avianca aircraft flying through it. I am a Bajan living in Colombia and have taken this flight four times since it started; EVERY flight I took was full to capacity! Ademas, le pregunto; ¿qué tiene que ver con Uribe?

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    • Plane spotter August 2, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Clearly you have no idea about what happens in air travel.. How can it be lies from avianca… Avianca cancelled all of it’s flights going into Venezuela.. As a retaliation.. Venezuela banned avianca from flying through it’s air space.. Since you didn’t know let me inform you.. the flight from Columbia to Barbados has to pass through Venezuela’s air space.. So even if it’s a direct flight… Has nothing to do with it… Next.. The only time avianca had empty loads were in the beginning.. Flights have been full from and to Columbia..I would suggest to you.. Before you make a public post leading the public to believe the nonsense you are filling them with.. Get your facts straight.. For the record.. All of the avianca flights which use to fly over Barbados air space then into Venezuela’s also had to take another route.. which is going via San Juan.. get your facts straight first..

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  7. Robbie-John Creole August 1, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Colombia and other South American countries have introduced sanctions on Venezuelan Government – Maduro and his cronies.

    Because of this the rights to fly in their airspace have been denied.

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    • Russell Turk August 1, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Colombia has NOT imposed any sanctions on Venezuela.

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  8. Sinclair August 1, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Ivana, as a self-proclaimed proud Chavista and employee of the Venezuelan embassy in Barbados, you see it as your job to defend Maduro and his cronies even as the country descends into econcomic, social and political chaos. However, it behoves you, first, to at least try to be logical — what does Putin or salacious but unfounded allegations concerning the former President of Colombia Uribe have to do with Avianca’s decision to suspend flights to Barbados? Second, the facts speak for themselves: Avianca’s flights from Barbados to Bogota have been doing very well and this summer in particular they have been packed to the brim. I should know as I am regular passenger on these flights. Many residents in and visitors to the Caribbean have been using the flight precisely because it is one of the few available gateways to Latin America. There is, in short, no financial reason to cancel these flights. The reason Avianca has suspended its flights to Barbados has everything to with Venezuela: the flight to and from Barbados passes over Venezuelan territory and in the wake of Avianca’s decision to suspend flights to Caracas because of the deteriorating conditions, far less near anarchy, there, the Venezuelan government has denied Avianca use of its airspace. That’s what Avianca means when they say they have been forced to suspend these flights due to ‘operational conditions.’ Third, history teaches us that it is never wise in the short or long term to try to defend the indefensible. Over the years, Nazis and Stalinists alike, as well as countless others of a similar totalitarian mindset, have tried to justify the terrible human cost, the millions enslaved and killed, which was the price of their respective, allegedly emancipatory, ideologies. Where are the political systems which they attempted to defend now? On the junkheap of history. Don’t you think that it behoves us all to to at least try to be rational, honest and factual, rather than unthinkingly regurgitate nonsensical propaganda? Maybe that’s the way to avoid the economic, social and political tragedy that Venezuela today epitomises in the eyes of most of Latin America and the world and to create societies where true social justice reigns, rather than corrupt, demagogic, one-party dictatorships with all their pretty and petty and vacuous talk about defending the interests of the ‘people’ who are today far worse off than they were before.

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    • John Licorish August 2, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Well said/written.

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  9. PCast August 1, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Ivana Cardinales. Your comment is completely ridiculous! Did you ever take this flight or are you just coming up with uninformed “facts”? The flight was not by any means always or possibly ever at full capacity but having taken the flight and having had countless family members and friends from both Barbados and Colombia I can say that plenty of travelers took advantage of this flight. Off course this fligh cancelation has everything to do with this moron Venezuelans are unfortunate enough to have to call president. Case and point, weeks ago an Avianca flight just flying through Venezuelan airspace was accosted, intimidate and threatened before beong escorted out of national airspace by Venezuelan fighter jets! And why in the world would you bring up Uribe??? Not sure if you watch the news but he has not been president for nearly eight years!!! This flight cancelation will have a big impact on Bajans looking for new destinations and South Americans living in Barbados and those who have been coming to visit regularly and or had plans to come just like many of my friends and family members. Hopefully this gets resolved but I highly doubt it. So we will be stuck spending an entire day to travel to and from Colombia instead of just a few hours.

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  10. Anton August 1, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I can quite understand why AVIANCA would suspend service to/from Barbados but I cannot understand why DELTA is suspending service because they seem to be doing well as they were only operating once weekly on Saturdays with a very high load factor. Delta seems to be very inconsistent as this is not the first time they have suspended service to Barbados

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  11. Alex Alleyne August 2, 2017 at 8:29 am

    The minister of Tourism is just like the AG, he refuse to come to the public and explain the situation. The DELTA flight from ATLANTA to BARBADOS was a very good flight for people in the South USA and everything should have been made to keep it going.
    Now you have to battle with that ZOO call MIA in Florida.

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  12. John Licorish August 2, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Sadly, this suspension of flights is having a direct effect on me. I’d purchased a ticket to travel to Bogota on Saturday, 5th.August. I must now get there via Miami. Thankfully, Avianca spared me the additional expense ( Bds. $476.00 ) and have arranged for my flight to Mia. on AA at no extra cost. I however, will have to finance an overnight in Mia ( hotel costs Bds.$ 190 plus tax)
    I’ve visited Venezuela three times since 2010 and am not surprise at what’s happening there now. Indeed, I predicted that the social-political situation would have deteriorated after the death of Hugo Chavez in 2013. I just didn’t expect things to have moved at such a pace as we’re currently seeing.
    To Miss.Cardinale and other devotees of Chavez/Maduro, I say, “There’s none so blind as he/she who would not see.”

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  13. Priscielle August 18, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Sad, I don’t have many options to go to Brazil now.

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