Venezuela’s state-run airline grows 85% in pandemic; posts positive 2020 results

While airlines elsewhere have received billions in government bailouts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, Conviasa has gotten state support of a different kind - a monopoly on flights to and from Venezuela.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Conviasa, as the state-run airline is known, says that its operations jumped 85% in 2020, making it one of the few airlines in the world to post any growth after the pandemic wiped out air travel.

The airline, which is banned from flying to the US as part of that country’s wide-ranging sanctions against the Maduro regime, now has regular flights to five countries. Three of them are led by Maduro’s political allies - Bolivia, Iran and Mexico - and there are plans to add a Moscow connection soon.

Conviasa also now services high . . .

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