American Airlines has temporarily suspended its service to Venezuela, after its pilot association encouraged American pilots to turn down flight assignments to the crisis-ridden country.
Service to both Caracas and Maracaibo has been briefly suspended, says the Oneworld carrier.
“Our corporate security group has a collective partnership with all of our union leaders and we will keep on doing as such to assess the circumstance in Venezuela,” says an American representative.
“The wellbeing and security of our team members and clients is constantly number one and American will not operate to countries we don’t consider safe.”
American’s turn to suspend Venezuela service follows a call by its pilot association, the Allied Pilots Association, for American pilots to turn down assignments to Venezuela because of security concerns.
“Until further notice, in the event that you are planned, allocated, or reassigned a blending into Venezuela, reject the task by calling your central pilot or IOC obligation pilot,” says a note from the APA. The association refers to the US State Department travel cautioning on Venezuela, which has been hit by civil unrest and crime in recent years.
American serves Caracas from Miami twice every day, and Maracaibo from Miami day by day, FlightGlobal plans information appear.
The Fort Worth-based transporter has kept on serving Venezuela even as a few outside bearers suspended support of the nation, in spite of the fact that it has altogether decreased its flights to Venezuela.
Other remote bearers that keep on serving Venezuela incorporate Air France, Copa Airlines and Iberia, FlightGlobal plans information appear.
Beside security concerns, Venezuela has yet to repatriate billions of dollars in revenue owed to foreign airlines.