The cancellations were the result of the airline being compelled to return 18 aircraft to leasing companies, reportedly leaving Avianca Brazil with just seven planes.
In a statement, the airline said it is “taking all necessary measures to guarantee the continuity of our business and in view of a possible reduction in our fleet, in order to minimize the impact for both our operations and our passengers, we have decided to proceed as follows: immediate sale closure of various flights; and cancellation of flights.”
On April 1, Avianca Brazil discontinued two prominent international routes from Sao Paulo to Miami and New York.
A list of cancelled flights — some of which were scheduled to depart this week — is available on the airline’s website.
Avianca Brazil is a separate corporate entity from Colombia-based Avianca Holdings SA, which operates flights under the Avianca name from hubs in Bogota and Lima, Peru. Both airlines have the same owners, however.