US Halts All Flights to Venezuela

US Halts All Flights to Venezuela

US Halts All Flights to Venezuela

Washington has suspended all US-based cargo and passenger air services between the U.S. and Venezuela, citing "safety and security" conditions in the Latin American country amid attempts to oust the government in Caracas.

The move was ordered by the US Department of Transportation on Wednesday, saying unrest appeared to be taking place around airports and threatened the safety of crews. American Airlines was the last major United States carrier to suspend flights to and from Venezuela, back in March.

Many worldwide airlines had stopped flying to Venezuela anyway because of security concerns and disputes over money they say the government owes them. An Avior representative did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"This determination is based on the ongoing political instability and increased tensions in Venezuela and associated inadvertent risk to flight operations", Homeland Security said.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao issued the order to suspend flights between the United States and Venezuela. Unless President Donald Trump disaproves, it becomes effective in July.