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Unfortunately, in 2010, LAB Airlines ceased flying operations. For flights to and from Bolivia, please search for Boliviana De Aviación flights Use the Search Form above or these Alternative Airlines listed below who fly similar routes to Lab Airlines.

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About LAB Airlines

LAB Airlines, also known as Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano, was the flag carrier airlines of Boliva from 1925 until it stopped all operations in 2010. LAB Airlines was headquartered in Cochabamba and used Jorge Wilstermann International Airport as its main hub, as well as Viru Viru International Airport. The airline was established in 1925 and was the second-oldest airline in South America after Avianca. LAB Airlines flew to many destinations in Bolivia and around Central and South America including La Paz, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Havana, Mexico City, Quito, Lima and Caracas. It also operated flights to the USA and Spain.

The airline first operated domestic routes in Bolivia from 1925. It then expanded its network and flew to international destinations from 1930. In 1941, LAB was taken over by the Bolivian government, becoming the country's national airline. In the 1990s, LAB Airlines had 1700 employees and served 36 destinations with its fleet of Boeing and Fokker aircraft.

In the late 2000s, LAB Airlines faced financial difficulties and had to terminate certain routes. In 2007, the government Bolivia decided to shut down the airline - it ultimately suspended operations in 2008 and had its airline licence revoked in 2010.

Former Destinations

LAB Airlines operated both domestic and international flights from Bolivia. Below is a table with all of the airline's destinations before it ceased operations.

Argentina Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Argentina Córdoba

Ingeniero Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport

Argentina Salta Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport
Argentina Tucumán Benjamín Matienzo International Airport
Bolivia Cochabamba Jorge Wilstermann International Airport
Bolivia La Paz El Alto International Airport
Bolivia Santa Cruz de la Sierra Viru Viru International Airport
Bolivia Sucre Juana Azurduy de Padilla International Airport
Bolivia Tarija Capitán Oriel Lea Plaza Airport
Bolivia Trinidad Teniente Jorge Henrich Arauz Airport
Brazil Manaus Eduardo Gomes International Airport
Brazil São Paulo Guarulhos Airport
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport
Chile Santiago de Chile Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport
Chile Arica Chacalluta International Airport
Colombia Bogotá El Dorado International Airport
Cuba Havana José Martí International Airport
Ecuador Guayaquil Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport
Ecuador Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Mexico Cancún Cancún International Airport
Mexico Mexico City Mexico City International Airport
Panama Panama City Tocumen International Airport
Paraguay Asuncion Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
Peru Cusco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
Peru Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport
Spain Madrid Madrid Barajas Airport
United States Miami Miami International Airport
United States Washington D.C. Washington Dulles International Airport
Uruguay Montevideo Carrasco International Airport
Venezuela Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport

Baggage Allowance

LAB Airlines allowed both cabin baggage and checked baggage on its flights.

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers flying with LAB Airlines were permitted one piece of carry-on baggage. This carry-on bag could not weigh more than 5 kg (11 lbs) and not exceed the maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20 cm (22 x 16 x 8 in). This was to make sure it could fit into the overhead locker or underneath the seat in front of the passenger.

Checked Baggage

For domestic flights in Bolivia, passengers were allowed to bring a piece of checked baggage not weighing more than 23 kg (50 lbs). The maximum weight for checked baggage on international flights could vary depending on fare type and route.

Check-In Information

Online Check-In

While the airline was operating, it did offer online check-in for its passengers. Online check-in was available via the airline's website.

Airport Check-In

Airport check-in was available for LAB Airlines flights. Passengers could visit the dedicated check-in counters at the airport and provide travel documents and checked baggage.

For domestic flights in Bolivia, it was recommended to arrive at the airport at least 1-2 hours before departure. For international flights, passengers were advised to arrive at the airport at least 2-3 hours before takeoff.

In-flight Entertainment

LAB Airlines offered in-flight entertainment on some of its flights. This included movies, TV shows, music channels, games, audio books and magazines. The availability of this in-flight entertainment would have been limited and only on certain aircraft.

Meal Options

LAB Airlines provided onboard meals and snacks on its flights - the options available would've varied depending on the route and flight duration.

Frequent Flyer Program

LAB Airlines did offer a frequent flyer program that allowed its passengers to earn miles for their flights and redeem various benefits and rewards.

Airline Alliances

LAB Airlines was not a member of any particular airline alliance.


Before it ceased operations, LAB Airlines operates it domestic and international flights with the following aircraft in its fleet:

  • Boeing 737-300
  • Boeing 727-100
  • Boeing 727-200
  • Boeing 757-200
  • Fokker F28 Fellowship

Hub Airport

Jorge Wilstermann International Airport

Jorge Wilstermann International Airport is an international airport that serves Cochabamba in Bolivia. It is a high elevation airport, sitting at just over 2500 metres above sea level.

The airport used to be a hub for LAB Airlines, however, the airline ceased operations in 2008/2010. Currently, only 3 airlines fly to/from this airport - these are Amaszonas, Boliviana de Aviación and EcoJet.