Aserca Airlines C.A. (Aero Servicios Carabobo) was an airline based in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela. It operated domestic and regional scheduled services to destinations in the Caribbean, Central America and the USA. Its main base was Arturo Michelena International Airport, Valencia, with a hub at Simón Bolívar International Airport, Caracas.
|Hubs||Simón Bolívar International Airport|
|Company slogan||Por todo lo alto |
(All over the sky)
|Headquarters||Valencia, Carabobo State, Venezuela|
The airline was established in 1968 and started operations in 1991 with small aircraft for private transport. In 1992 it entered the domestic scheduled market with a leased Douglas DC-9-30. Aserca's operations were centred on Valencia, but it managed to develop Caracas as a hub after 1994 which, combined with the demise of flag carrier Viasa in 1997, made Aserca experience a significant growth in its market share, expanding its network to Bogotá, Lima and Miami (no longer in service) via Aruba. Between 1998 and 2000 Aserca had a controlling interest in Air Aruba. In 2008, Aserca took a majority stake in fellow Venezuelan carrier SBA Airlines (formerly Santa Bárbara Airlines). A proposed merger was in discussion.
In June 2013, Venezuela's National Institute of Civil Aviation (Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil - INAC) announced that it will prohibit operations of classic aircraft types like the Douglas DC-9, Boeing 727 and Boeing 737-200 in Venezuela from November 1, 2013. Aserca Airlines could obtain a special dispensation from INAC allowing the airline to operate its remaining two DC-9 until July 1, 2014. Aserca has chosen to replace its DC-9 with two ex-Aeromexico MD-87 that went to Miami Opa-locka Airport awaiting delivery.
Aserca Airlines served the following destination at the time of its demise:
|Aruba||Oranjestad||Queen Beatrix International Airport|
|Curaçao||Willemstad||Curaçao International Airport|
|Dominican Republic||Santo Domingo||Las Américas International Airport|
|Venezuela||Barquisimeto||Jacinto Lara International Airport|
|Venezuela||Caracas||Simón Bolívar International Airport||Hub|
|Venezuela||Las Piedras||Josefa Camejo International Airport|
|Venezuela||Maracaibo||La Chinita International Airport|
|Venezuela||Maturín||José Tadeo Monagas International Airport|
|Venezuela||Puerto Ordaz||Manuel Carlos Piar Guayana Airport|
Fleet at airline's demiseEdit
The Aserca Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft (as of October 2014):
|McDonnell Douglas MD-82||5||152|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-83||6||152||2 leased to SBA Airlines|
Over the years, Aserca Airlines has operated the following aircraft types:
|McDonnell Douglas MD-80|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-90|
- eluniversal.com - Aserca Airlines cierra operaciones en Venezuela (Spanish) 24 March 2018
- ch-aviation.com - Ascera Airlines retrieved 24 March 2018
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. pp. 77–78.
- Aserca Airlines Fleet Details and History