Air Canada announced that it is suspending all flights to Venezuela indefinately due to unstable situation in the South American country.
“Due to on-going civil unrest in Venezuela, Air Canada can no longer ensure the safety of its operation and has suspended flights to Caracas until further notice,” the airline said in a statement posted on its website.
“Air Canada will continue to monitor the situation and will evaluate the re-introduction of flights with the objective of resuming operations on the route once Air Canada is satisfied that the situation in Venezuela has stabilized.” The last Air Canada flight from Toronto to Caracas flew on March 15.
Air Canada has become the second airline that halted flights to Venezuela after Colombian Avianca Holdings SA.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro promised that he will take tough measures against foreign carriers that reduce flights to Venezuela and that “any airline that leaves won’t be allowed back while he is in power.”
International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned of the possibility of a number of airlines cutting service to Venezuela as a result of a dispute between Venezuelan authorities and various foreign airlines over the debt of $3.7 billion.