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US suspends flights to Venezuela

22 May 2019
Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido near the runway at Simón Bolívar International Airport, Caracas. The US has suspended airline flights to and from Venezuela until further notice. Source: Cristian Hernandez/AFP/Getty Images

Passenger and cargo services between the US and Venezuela have been suspended on the orders of the US federal government.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said on 15 May that conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew, requiring the immediate suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights.

In co-ordination with the Department of State and the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security will continue to monitor the situation in Venezuela. If conditions in the South American country change, and if it is deemed in the public interest, the flight suspension may be lifted. Until then, it will remain in effect indefinitely.

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