Air Canada Suspends Flights to Venezuela – for now


 Air Canada announced yesterday that they are temporarily suspending operations to Caracas Venezuela due to the continuing civil unrest in that country.  The statement says:

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.

Whether Air Canada will be able to resume their flights would be in doubt as the government of Nicolas Maduro has said in the past that any airline that reduced their operations in Venezuela would face “severe measures”.  The President has been quoted as saying:

The company that leaves the country will not return while we hold power.

Passengers who left for Caracas on the 15th and 16th will be brought home by other airlines and Air Canada is offering full refunds to anyone with future reservations.

(details from Air Canada and BBC)