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LASER Airlines, legally and officially Línea Aérea de Servicio Ejecutivo Regional, CA, is an airline based in Caracas, Venezuela.[1] It operates scheduled and passenger charter services within Venezuela, the Caribbean, and South America. Its main base is Simón Bolívar International Airport, Caracas.[2]

History

The airline was established in 1993 and started operations in 1994.[3] At the beginning, the company had only one Douglas DC-9-14 passenger plane, and only the following year purchased a Boeing 727-200, and began to expand domestic and international destinations, becoming one of Venezuela’s main airlines .

After the outbreak of the Venezuelan crisis in 2014, due to the embargo sanctions imposed by the United States, some of LASER’s international routes were changed to origin and end at the American International Airport in Dominican Republic to ensure that relevant routes continue to operate.

LASER Airlines began to fly to Miami in alliance with World Atlantic Airlines, which has been a partner since November 2016, an alliance was established through which the Miami-Caracas flight was created on a daily basis. A second frequency was added to this frequency by partnering with Swift Air to offer greater comfort to passengers on both frequencies, it was possible to expand the baggage allowance and operate 2 classes. Both are operated with equipment of Boeing 737s, thus dissolving the alliance with World Atlantic Airlines.

Subsequently, due to the decision taken by the United States Government, on May 15, 2019, commercial and cargo flights to Venezuela from the United States were suspended indefinitely. Due to this, LASER Airlines creates a connection center at the Las Americas International Airport in the Dominican Republic, adding an additional frequency to this destination, leaving 2 daily frequencies and with the possibility of connecting to Miami, maintaining the alliance with Swift Air.

On December 1, 2019, LASER was forced to cancel its Caracas-Guayaquil route due to complex migratory demands by the Government of Ecuador for Venezuelans; But a few weeks later, it announced a new route to Caracas-Bogotá with a daily frequency that began operating on February 10, 2020.

Lately they have been in talks with the authorities of Peru, Chile and Argentina to open a route to these South American nations.

Destinations

As of September 2020, LASER operates services to the following domestic and international scheduled destinations:[4]

Country City Airport Ref/Notes
Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport
Colombia Bogota El Dorado International Airport Terminated
Curaçao Willemstad Curaçao International Airport
Dominican Republic Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport Seasonal
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport
Panama Panama Tocumen International Airport
United States Miami Miami International Airport Terminated
Venezuela Barcelona General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport
Venezuela Barquisimeto Jacinto Lara International Airport
Venezuela Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport Hub
Venezuela El Vigía Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonzo Airport
Venezuela La Fría [3] At the beginning, the company had only one Douglas DC-9-14 passenger plane, and only the following year purchased a Boeing 727-200, and began to expand domestic and international destinations, becoming one of Venezuela’s main airlines .

After the outbreak of the Venezuelan crisis in 2014, due to the embargo sanctions imposed by the United States, some of LASER’s international routes were changed to origin and end at the American International Airport in Dominican Republic to ensure that relevant routes continue to operate.

LASER Airlines began to fly to Miami in alliance with World Atlantic Airlines, which has been a partner since November 2016, an alliance was established through which the Miami-Caracas flight was created on a daily basis. A second frequency was added to this frequency by partnering with Swift Air to offer greater comfort to passengers on both frequencies, it was possible to expand the baggage allowance and operate 2 classes. Both are operated with equipment of Boeing 737s, thus dissolving the alliance with World Atlantic Airlines.

Subsequently, due to the decision taken by the United States Government, on May 15, 2019, commercial and cargo flights to Venezuela from the United States were suspended indefinitely. Due to this, LASER Airlines creates a connection center at the Dominican Republic to ensure that relevant routes continue to operate.

LASER Airlines began to fly to Miami in alliance with World Atlantic Airlines, which has been a partner since November 2016, an alliance was established through which the Miami-Caracas flight was created on a daily basis. A second frequency was added to this frequency by partnering with Swift Air to offer greater comfort to passengers on both frequencies, it was possible to expand the baggage allowance and operate 2 classes. Both are operated with equipment of Boeing 737s, thus dissolving the alliance with World Atlantic Airlines.

Subsequently, due to the decision taken by the United States Government, on May 15, 2019, commercial and cargo flights to Venezuela from the United States were suspended indefinitely. Due to this, LASER Airlines creates a connection center at the Las Americas International Airport in the Dominican Republic, adding an additional frequency to this destination, leaving 2 daily frequencies and with the possibility of connecting to Miami, maintaining the alliance with Swift Air.

On December 1, 2019, LASER was forced to cancel its Caracas-Guayaquil route due to complex migratory demands by the Government of Ecuador for Venezuelans; But a few weeks later, it announced a new route to Caracas-Bogotá with a daily frequency that began operating on February 10, 2020.

Lately they have been in talks with the authorities of Peru, Chile and Argentina to open a route to these South American nations.

As of September 2020, LASER operates services to the following domestic and international scheduled destinations:[4]

Country City Airport Ref/Notes
Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport
Colombia Bogota El Dorado International Airport Terminated
Curaçao Willemstad Curaçao International Airport
Dominican Republic Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport Seasonal
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport
Panama Panama Tocumen International Airport
United Sta

As of November 2020, the LASER Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[5]

LASER Airlines fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
McDonnell Douglas MD-81 4 163
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 6 165
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 2 172
Total 12

Former Fleet

LASER Airlines had in the past operated the following aircraft:

LASER Airlines former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 727-200 4 1995 2000
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-10 1 1994 2007
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 6 1999 2016

References

  1. ^ "Ubicanos - Laser Airlines". Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 105.
  3. ^
LASER Airlines former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 727-200 4 1995 2000
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-10 1 1994 2007
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 6 1999 2016

References