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March 26, 2019

Air Travel: AA Ends Venezuela Flights

A number of new flight updates lead this week's air travel news in the meetings and events industry.

American Becomes Last Major U.S. Carrier to End Venezuela Flights


This week American Airlines suspended all flights to and from Venezuela, which means that the country is no longer served by a major U.S. carrier. 

Late last Thursday the Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents pilots that work for American, called on its members to refuse to fly to Venezuela after the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory regarding the destination. On Friday, American decided to end its Venezuela service, which included twice daily flights to Caracas and once daily flights to Maracaibo

“American has temporarily suspended our operation into Caracas and Maracaibo,” the airline said in a statement provided to International Meetings Review. “Our Corporate Security team has a collaborative partnership with union leaders and we will continue to do so to evaluate the situation in Venezuela. The safety and security of our team members and customers is always number one and American will not operate to countries we don’t consider safe.”

American had been the last major U.S. airline to fly to Venezuela, according to CNBC. Both United Airlines and Delta canceled their Venezuela service in 2017. The South American nation is suffering a humanitarian crisis, and in January its president, Nicolas Maduro, cut ties with the United States after the administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s president. 

Norwegian, American Confirm Post-737 MAX Operations

In other flight news, this week carriers continued to revamp operations after the grounding of Boeing's 737 Max 8 and aircraft. 

American resumed its Antigua and Barbuda service to and from Miami and New York on 737-800 aircraft, a separate series from the 737 Maxes. Low-cost transatlantic carrier Norwegian, meanwhile, confirmed it will operate flights from the United States to Cork and Shannon, as well as its new route from Hamilton, Canada, to Dublin between March 31 and April 10.


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