American Airlines temporarily suspended flights to and from Venezuela on Friday, March 15, as widespread political unrest and a humanitarian crisis continue in the country. The move to suspend service to Caracas and Maracaibo comes after the airline's pilot union instructed pilots to refuse to fly to the country following a US Department of State travel advisory issued Tuesday, March 12, which advised individuals to refrain from traveling to Venezuela.
American Airlines was the last major US airline to provide service to and from Venezuela. The decision is expected to further isolate Venezuela from international travel and business over the near term.
Venezuela is experiencing an ongoing crisis spurred by President Nicolás Maduro's inauguration to a second term as president on January 10 following last year's contested election, prompting the National Assembly to declare a national emergency. At least 50 foreign governments, including the US, Canada, and Brazil, among others, have since recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the interim head of state. Guaidó has reportedly coordinated several deliveries of humanitarian aid from neighboring states which have been blocked by the Maduro regime.
Individuals in or planning travel to Venezuela are advised to monitor developments to the situation, confirm travel reservations, and adhere to instructions issued by their home governments.
The security situation in Venezuela remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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