USA suspends all flights to Venezuela amid political turmoil

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 16, 2019

From now on, all flights to and from Venezuela operated by both United States air carriers and foreign companies are suspended due to conditions around the country's airports "that threaten the safety or security of passengers, aircraft, or crew".

Amid continuing unrest in Venezuela, the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday suspended all flights between the U.S. and the troubled South American nation.

Tuesday's flights between Miami and Caracas on Venezuela's Laser Airlines included a stop in the Dominican Republic, according to the airline.

Venezuela suffers a prolonged political and humanitarian crisis.

Venezuela's Information Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao issued the order to suspend flights between the United States and Venezuela.

American Airlines was the last major USA carrier to suspend flights to and from Venezuela, back in March.

But numerous millions of Venezuelans who have fled the crisis in recent years use USA -based companies to ship goods to relatives in the country via cargo planes, and the measure prohibiting direct flights could raise costs, said Marcos Gomez, Amnesty International's Venezuela director. Unless President Donald Trump disaproves, it becomes effective in July.

Some Venezuelan airlines had been operating commercial flights to and from Miami, though those were already affected by the upheaval in the South American country, including after a failed call for a military uprising by the opposition on April 30.

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