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All commercial passenger and cargo flights between U.S. and Venezuela suspended indefinitely

Posted: 2:24 PM, May 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-15 21:24:15Z
All commercial passenger and cargo flights between U.S. and Venezuela suspended indefinitely

The Department of Homeland Security has suspended all flights between the U.S. and Venezuela.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan determined that conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew, requiring an immediate suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela.

The Secretary of State has approved flight suspension and the Secretary of Transportation has implemented the determination.

The move is based on ongoing political instability and increased tensions in the country, and associated inadvertent risk to flight operations, a press release said.

According to DHS, if and when the conditions in Venezuela change, and if in the public interest, the Secretaries will revisit this determination. Until then, the flight suspension will remain in effect indefinitely.