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New air options for Amazon anglers

Airline changes bring new flexibility in planning trips

With peacock bass trips, getting there is half the fun. The coming season finds several changes in air service to Manaus and Caracas.

In Brazil, TAM Airlines announced new daily service from Miami to Manaus starting June 1. Its flights from Miami continue onto Belem, opening up more convenient access to our other Amazon fisheries in northeastern Brazil. Copa Airlines of Panama has also initiated service via Panama City. As Copa "code shares" with Continental, this should mean time/cost savings from Houston and other selected U.S. cities.

The new arrivals mean there are now options to LAB, which has dominated the Miami-Manaus route for the past couple of years, but which has undergone an organizational shake up in recent months. Various peacock bass operators are currently revising their schedules to reflect these new logistical aspects.

In Venezuela, bureaucratic wrangling with the FAA over reciprical routes seems to have been resolved, so its likely we'll see more airlines providing service to Caracas from several U.S.cities.That should help bring fares down a bit, as well.

If you need help booking your flights for your next peacock bass fishing trip, Cindy is up to date with the latest developments.

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