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RUTACA Airlines is a Venezuelan airline that offers scheduled and charter passenger flights, primarily around Venezuela. The airline is based at Simón Bolivar International Airport and Ciudad Bolivar Tomás de Heres Airport, from which it flies to several Venezuelan destinations from, as well as an international destination in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

RUTACA Airlines first began flying in 1974 and over time, built itself an extensive route network. However, due to the recent crisis in Venezuela, the airline has had to reduce its number its routes and the frequency that they fly dramatically.

To learn more about domestic services within Venezuela please visit our 'Domestic Flights in Venezuela' page.

Baggage Policy

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers are permitted to bring 1 piece of hand luggage weighing no more than 8kg and not exceeding the maximum dimensions of 55 x 20 x 40cm (height x depth x width).

Checked Baggage

Your checked baggage must not weigh more than 23kg and not exceed linear dimensions of 158cm (height + length + width).


Rutaca Airlines passengers must check in at the airport since the airline doesn't offer online check in.

Online Check-in

Online check-in isn't available on flights operated by Rutaca Airlines.

Airport Check-in

To check-in for their flight, passengers must check-in at the airport of departure. Once at the airport, passengers must present the relevant travel documents to one of the check-in agents and the airline check-in desk.

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Destinations that RUTACA Airlines flies to

RUTACA Airlines flies to a number of domestic destinations as well as to destinations in the Dominican Republic.

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Hub Airport

Simón Bolivar International Airport

Simón Bolivar International Airport is an international airport in Venezuela and the hub airport for RUTACA Airlines. Previously, the airline used Ciudad Bolivar Tomás de Heres Airport as its main hub. However, due to political and economic unrest in Venezuela, the airline was forced to dramatically reduce the number of routes flown from Tomas de Heres Airport and now, the majority of its flights come to or from Simón Bolivar International.

The airport is located in Vargas, Venezuela and is split into two separate terminals. One terminal is used exclusively for domestic routes, whereas the other is used for international.


RUTACA Airlines uses a Boeing-only fleet. The airline flies B737-200 and B737-300 models. It's complete fleet consists of:

  • 1 x Boeing 737-200
  • 3 x Boeing 737-300
  • 2 x McDonnell Douglas MD-83
  • 2 x McDonnell Douglas MD-88