American Airlines Halts Flights to Venezuela

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American Airlines has stopped all flights to Venezuela. This comes after the pilots’ union urged its members to boycott any trips to the country. “Do not accept any trips to Venezuela,” Allied Pilots Association President Captain Dan Carey, according to Reuters.

I am shocked this did not happen sooner, especially after the State Department’s travel advisory update on Venezuela in January. American Airlines was the lone carrier from the United States with service to Venezuela. United Airlines stopped service almost two years ago.The travel advisory is now a Level 4 or Do Not Travel. The advisory reads in part:

Do not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.

On March 11, 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced the temporary suspension of operations of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas and the withdrawal of diplomatic personnel from Venezuela. The U.S. Embassy in Caracas is not providing any consular services. U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Venezuela should depart Venezuela.

The last embassy personnel left the country on Thursday.


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