Well, following the news, CCS situation is going worst every minute. Not only the airport's situation is bad, but people is starting to go crazy. Every day, thousands of workers go from La Guaira to Caracas and viceverse to work, and now, due to the bridge's situation, this has reduced dramatically.(Link to the preview discussion on here) Transportation has gotten pretty difficult, not only because of the scarse ways to go through, but because of the high pricing transporters are asking for. From CCS to Caracas, Taxis are asking about Bs.150$ and Private Buses about $200. Then, there are the 'privileged' ways...Helicopters from La Carlota to CCS, who ask $300 a person for the 20min trip...
Anyhow, today rumors popped up and things are about to change for a while. The biggest rumor is that all Widebodies flights are going to be diverted to Base El Libertador (SVBL) in Maracay. This base has never been used for comercial flights before, but now, ALAV (Venezuela Airlines Association), sustained a meeting today and seems that have taken the decision of diverting all flights coming from Europe, since the Airlines have complained about the low pax loadings on their flights.
Furthermore, this decision was also taken because the Alternate Way (Carretera Vieja) that goes down to La Guaira is about to be closed for normal cars. It seems that only buses are going to be able to go through the day, and trucks at night. Therefore, normal cars will have to take the other alternate way wich will take about 3 to 4 hours to do it.
It is still being studied the possible opening of La Carlota airport to estabilidh air bridge flights from CCS and flights to VLN and BLA, but neighbours and many other organizations disagree with it, since the closing was for 'security issues'.
In adition to this, flights from Aeropuerto Caracas have been estabilished to CCS, PMV, BLA and VLN, in order to reduce pax movements at CCS.
Airlines have helped each other through meetings with ALAV, and agreed to set timetables to all important airports in Venezuela. Here they are:
Charallave-Barcelona: 7:30 am, 10:20 am, 1:05 pm, 3:50 pm.
Barcelona-Charallave: 8:45 am, 11:40 am, 2:20 pm, 5:05 pm
Caracas-Valencia: 8:00 am, 12:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 8:00 pm
Valencia-Caracas: 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm
Valencia-Miami: 7:00 am y 9:30 am
Miami-Valencia: 5:00 pm y 7:30 pm (hora de Miami).
Caracas-Valencia: 11:30 am, 5:00 pm, 9:30 pm
Valencia-Caracas: 7:00 am, 12:30 pm, 6:00 pm
- Santa Barbara:
Caracas-Miami a las 7:30 de la mañana, hora Caracas
Miami-Caracas a las 11:10 de la mañana, hora Miami
Caracas-Miami a las 5:30 de la tarde, hora Caracas
Miami-Caracas a las 9:15 de la noche, hora Miami
Well, this is not good at all. Many people are loosing their jobs because of this problem, and they can't do anything about it.
The building of the new highway is estimated to be done in mid february, so until then, this problem won't be solved.
This coming weeks many things are about to happen to the aviation sector in Venezuela.
As usual, I look at the bright side, and I just figured out that Base Liberatdor's runway has a road on the top of it, and if Widebodies will go there..... I'll have my own SXM in Maracay!