(Reuters) – American Airlines Group Inc pilots should not fly to Venezuela, an influential pilots union said on Friday, following a travel advisory issued by the U.S. State Department this week.
The department cited civil unrest, poor health and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens in Venezuela for issuing the advisory here on March 12.
“Do not accept any trips to Venezuela,” the Allied Pilots Association said in a statement.
A number of airlines have stopped their flights to the country because of security concerns and disputes over money they say the government owes them.
AA is one of the few international airlines that still services Venezuela for those flying to the US. And this is not a big surprise afer a crew from AirEuropa was robbed at gunpoint last weekend and shots were fired on their way to the hotel . The company is deciding if it suspends all flights to the country after that event. Some of the foreign airlines will not allow crews to remain overnight in country and send them to an airport in another country.
Another chapter in the sinking of Venezuela.