Published On: Tue, Jun 20th, 2017

Lawsuit against airlines, including InselAir, traveling to Venezuela for extra charge at Miami airport

Insel-Air-MD80-FOTO-Insel-AirMIAMI - Five South Florida law firms have filed four lawsuits against Avior Airlines CA, Santa Barbara Airlines, InselAir and Arubaanse Luchtvaart Maatschappij NV (commercially known as Aruba Airlines) for breach of contract due to that additional charge paid by passengers departing from Miami Airport.

These airlines offer frequent routes or connections from Miami to Venezuelan cities. Santa Bárbara Airlines has two daily flights to Caracas and Avior Airlines offers one daily to Barcelona (Anzoátegui state). Although Aruba Airlines does not travel directly to Venezuela, it offers at least five routes a week to the capital of Aruba, where flights depart regularly to Maracaibo and Valencia.

The Curaçao airline InselAir had four flights a week from Miami to Port-au-Prince but in January 2017 the company had to reduce its fleet and discontinued operations until the start of the next high season.

The four lawsuits - one for each company - filed earlier this month in a federal court in Florida state that the airlines conducted "a program in which travelers with tickets in hand were required to pay that additional exit fee" not previously revealed at the Miami airport.

The Miami newspaper Nuevo Herald indicated in their article that they had contacted InselAir Communications and Market Manager Robert De Wolf who replied by e-mail stating they are "investigating the matter so it is too early to respond."

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