Avianca stops its services in Venezuela

Published on : Friday, July 28, 2017

Hero_aviancaAvianca Airlines, a national airline from Columbia, owned by Synergy Group, will suspend the flights to Venezuela, next month, by joining the other major carriers that have cut off the accessibility to this South American nation.



Avianca airlines will discontinue its service, the twice-daily flights between Caracas and Bogota as well as an almost daily flight to Lima on August 16.



The company said in an official statement, that the Government of Venezuela needs to improve the airport infrastructure and adapt to international security standards.



Avianca suspended its service after serving more than 60 years of continuous service to Venezuela, said the Chief executive officer Hernan Rincon said.



The people of Venezuela will suffer from the airlines hassle after the withdrawal of Avianca. It is now harder to travel abroad especially in the American nation. Some of the flights are even now also connected to Panama City operated by Copa Holdings SA. Outside of Latin America, American Airlines still flies from Caracas to Miami, while Air France, Iberia and Air Europa continue to service European destinations.



Avianca concentrates its operation to 108 locations, including daily flights to and from Miami and Fort Lauderdale.



United Airlines, whose flights to Caracas had been popular with oil executives in Texas and Venezuelans living in the U.S., stopped service to Caracas this month citing low demand.



The recent withdrawals of the aviation industry from Venezuela join a long list that includes Chile’s Latam Airlines, which suspended its Caracas service from Brazil, Chile, and Peru last year. Aeromexico also ended flights between Venezuela and Mexico City in 2016, while Deutsche Lufthansa dropped its flights from Frankfurt.



The air carrier companies have asked the U.S. Department of Transportation for antitrust immunity so they could discuss the ways to recover $3.8 billion trapped in the country because of its strict currency controls and other tighten regulations approved by the government of Venezuela. This system totally stopped the repatriation of ticket sales that was previously conducted in the local currency.



Venezuela is now witnessing the national anarchy and the protests against the reformation of the Bolivian Constitution deteriorated the sociopolitical structure, which led the death of more than 100 dead. The crisis also made a mass exodus of Venezuelans.



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