Can Conviasa solve the airline crisis in Venezuela?
“Whoever leaves does not come back,” President Nicolás Maduro often says of airlines that have reduced or suspended their flights to and from Venezuela in recent months.
«For that, we have Conviasa,» the president said on several occasions, referring to the Venezuelan national airline.
November 28 marks the 10th anniversary of the first flight of Conviasa, a company founded by then-president, the late Hugo Chávez, with the promise of making it Venezuela’s flag carrier.
But today, Conviasa is synonymous with ineffectiveness for many Venezuelans: complaints about its delays, failures and poor service are a constant.
The government insists that the airline will not only grow, but also that it can meet the reduced supply of tickets in Venezuela.