WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The United States has suspended all commercial and cargo flights to Venezuela on Wednesday for safety reasons.
- Homeland Security issued a statement saying: “Conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew.”
- There is an ongoing crisis in the South American nation as Venezuelans, the military and police have continued to clash in the streets in nationwide protests.
On Wednesday, the Trump administration suspended all commercial passenger and cargo flights to Venezuela due to the worsening social unrest and political turmoil occurring in the country.
In a DHS statement, Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of Homeland Security said that “conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew.” The suspension was approved by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao implemented it.
“This determination is based on the ongoing political instability and increased tensions in Venezuela and associated inadvertent risk to flight operations,” according to the statement.