The Veneuzela market has been slacking, but is picking up. American Airlines will finally be back to five daily MIA
flights, in addition to daily MIA
-MAR service, mid-June.
service was announced 10 September 2001 with a 15 December 2001 start. Then it was pushed back to 15 June '02, then 15 December '02, and then on hold indefinitley because Venezuela traffic plummeted. It is increasing again, slowly, and I do think you will see AA
However, it should be noted that while Ft. Lauderdale's Venezuelan population is the second largest in the United States, it is not comparable in size to Miami's. Though Ft. Lauderdale offers an easier, less congested alternative, even to those who live in the Miami area. And those that need to get to Orlando...trust me, they'll connect on one of AA
's four daily MIA
flights, not fly into FLL
to drive another four hours (and considering MIA
are only 18 miles apart, you do not save that much driving time to Orlando). Ft. Lauderdale finally did get thier Latin American connection with Aces this past December. Loads started off okay, around 50%, but are doing better now as the service is becoming more and more advertised (mostly by word-of-mouth). Aces does plan on adding Ft. Lauderdale-Medellin service in the near future. Medellin is a major Colombian business destination, in some respects even more so than Bogota, thanks to it's oil industry.