Luisde8cd From Venezuela, joined Aug 2004, 2516 posts, RR: 34 Posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1502 times:
Two days ago I was walking from my parked car to my classroom at my university and saw this large turboprop plane flying low overhead. I was surprised to see that kind of large plane over my university, because I usually see choppers and small GA props/jets that are headed to Aeropuerto Caracas. After some thinking I concluded that it must had been an ATR42, because that's the largest turboprop plane flown in Venezuela.
Well, looks like I was right. According to Santa Barbara's website, they've moved most of their CCS domestic flights to Aeropuerto Caracas. The highlights here are that they offer free bus service between Santa Barbara's main ticket office and Aeropuerto Caracas. I was wondering if they did that because they couldn't checkin their pax in Aeropuerto Caracas, so I called them and asked if I could go direct to the airport and I was told: "Yes you can go direct to the airport, but this information hasn't been confirmed 100%, we should have the complete info by Monday."
Weird, they post the news on their website but their staff doesn't have the complete info. Nevertheless, the website says that they will start those flight on Feb 1st.
Another highlight is that Aeropuerto Caracas will get ITS FIRST INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL FLIGHT! The flight will go to AUA and make a stop in Las Piedras. Also this will be the largest aircraft operating to/from Aeropuerto Caracas.
Very good news for Aeropuerto Caracas. I believe that if these flights along with Avior's are succesful, we might still see some of them after the highway access is restored to CCS.
Saludos desde Caracas,
Viasa we miss you!. Good times will return after Chavez is gone!
Charlipr From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2005, 340 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1419 times:
Quoting Lamedianaranja (Reply 4): Yes it does. Passengers get on in Caracas and deboard in Aruba. Flying from one country to another on one aircraft and one flightnumber, which I suppose is the case, makes it an international flight
When I did this flight in July of 2005, obiviously from CCS-AUA through LSP I had de de-plane in LSP, pay the international departure fee, then go through Customs/Immigration in LSP, then board again for the flight to AUA. The flight number remains the same, but the Caracas-Las Piedras segment is still a domestic flight. I have done the trip myself?? Have you done it??
You seem to doubt me but yes I have taken a similar flight: CCS-LSP-CUR on Avensa. This was on December 31, couple of years ago, to catch the KL plane to AMS as no direct flight that day CCS-AMS by either VA (preferred carrier) or KL.
We left from the international terminal, so just the usual hassle and we didn't get off in Las Piedras.
Very memorable trip as first we celebrated the New Year halfway over the Atlantic with champagne on the upperdeck and then ended up in DUS due to fog.
A couple of years ago!!! I did it last year and what I wrote seems to be the procedure now. In fact, I saw a couple of other airlines do the sames thing, so it is just not Santa Barbara doing it. I do not doubt what you are saying, but I did do the trip and the CCS-LSP was a domestic flight even thought my final destination was AUA. If fact, go ahead and call Santa Barbara call center and asked them about the Caracas-AUA flight through Las Piedras and they will confirm what I have written above all this time.