Washington orders suspension of all flights between US & Venezuela

Washington has suspended all US-based cargo and passenger air companies between the US and Venezuela, citing “safety and security” circumstances within the Latin American nation amid makes an attempt to oust the authorities in Caracas.

The transfer was introduced by the US Department of Transportation on Wednesday. The choice was made with “the approval of the Secretary of State” and in cooperation with the Homeland Security Department, the DOT stated in a statement.

From now on, all flights to and from Venezuela operated by each US air carriers and overseas firms are suspended attributable to circumstances across the nation’s airports “that threaten the safety or security of passengers, aircraft, or crew.”The choice is yet one more – largely symbolic – jab on the

Venezuelan authorities, for the reason that air service between the 2 nations was largely non-existent already. American Airlines was the final main US service to droop flights to and from Venezuela, again in March. Others have halted their flights over the previous two years.

The blanket ban on air service follows a choice of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), introduced earlier this month, which prohibited US-certified plane operators and pilots from flying beneath 26,000 toes (eight kilometers) over the territory of Venezuela, citing “safety and security” causes as nicely.

In January, the Trump administration acknowledged opposition politician Juan Guaido as “interim president” of Venezuela and known as for President Nicolas Maduro to resign. Repeated makes an attempt by Guaido to grab energy have failed, nonetheless, and his newest bid includes inviting the US Southern Command to invade Venezuela.