Aerolineas Argentinas, the only company that offers direct flights from Buenos Aires to Venezuela, announced this Wednesday the suspension of the sale of tickets to Caracas indefinitely.
“We are not selling tickets because the outlook does not seem very clear and we do not want to continue adding passengers who may not be able to travel,” a company spokeswoman told Reuters.
Meanwhile, Argentine flag airline sources told Agencia Efe that the measure will be extended until “security is guaranteed” , and that it will be evaluated week by week because “it is a very important market” .
Aerolineas Argentinas is the 11th company to stop flying to Venezuela in recent months due to the serious political, social and economic crisis affecting the country.
The other airlines are Avianca (from Bogota), Delta Air Lines (Atlanta, USA), United Airlines (Houston, USA), Dynamic Airways (Ft. Lauderdale, USA), LATAM Aeromexico (Mexico City), Lufthansa (Frankfurt, Germany), Alitalia (Rome) and Air Canada (Toronto, Canada).
The decision of Aerolineas Argentinas was made public after it canceled two weekly flights in a row, on August 5 and 12.
On Wednesday, the foreign ministers of 12 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean, including Argentina, signed the “Declaration of Lima” on Tuesday, in which they consider that Venezuela “is no longer a democracy.”