RUTACA Airlines

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Rutas Aéreas Compañía Anónima
Rutaca Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1974
Hubs Tomás de Heres Airport
Fleet size 9
Destinations 5
Company slogan Crece Volando
(grows whilst flying)
Parent company Rutas Aéreas C.A.
Headquarters Ciudad Bolívar, Bolivar, Venezuela
Website Rutaca

Rutaca (Rutas Aéreas C.A.) is an airline based in Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela.[1]


Rutaca Boeing 737-200 in the 2014 livery at Del Caribe "Santiago Mariño" International Airport (October 2014)

Rutaca was established and began operations in 1974. It currently operates scheduled and charter services throughout the country.

The airline's operations suffered gravely during the 2017 Venezuelan constitutional crisis, including suspending flights between key routes such as Puerto Ordaz-Caracas.[2]


Country City Airport Refs/Notes
Curaçao Willemstad Curaçao International Airport
Trinidad & Tobago Port of Spain Piarco International Airport
United States Miami Miami International Airport Operated by Xtra Airways
Venezuela Barcelona General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport
Venezuela Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport Hub
Venezuela Ciudad Bolívar Tomás de Heres Airport Hub
Venezuela Porlamar Santiago Mariño Caribbean International Airport
Venezuela Puerto Ordaz Manuel Carlos Piar Guayana Airport
Venezuela Santo Domingo Mayor Buenaventura Vivas Airport

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 25 January 2001, RUTACA Airlines Flight 225, a Rutaca Douglas DC-3 aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, killing all 20 passengers and four crew members.[3]
  • On 16 October 2008, a Rutaca Boeing 737-200, registered YV162T, landed on runway 28R at Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS) following a domestic flight from Puerto Ordaz (PZO). After touchdown the airplane swerved to the left. The nose came to rest on the runway embankment.[4]
  • On 15 February 2009, a Rutaca Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, registered YV1950, overran the runway at Guasdualito-Vare Maria Airport (GDO) following a domestic flight from San Fernando de Apure (SFD). The airplane sustained damage to the propeller and underside of the fuselage.[5]
  • On 27 July 2010, a Rutaca Boeing 737-200, registered YV169T, made an emergency landing at Ciudad Guayana (CGU) international airport following a domestic flight from Ciudad Bolivar after problems in engine 1.


The RUTACA Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft (as of November 2017) [6]

Rutaca Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
Boeing 737-200 2 99
Total 2 0


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