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3/15, 5:28 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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American Airlines halts flights to and from Venezuela

American Airlines suspended on Friday all its flights to and from Venezuela, amid a serious political and constitutional crisis that has engulfed the Latin American country in the past weeks.

“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 said in a statement. The company was the last major US airline to offer flights from Miami to Venezuelan cities of Caracas and Maracaibo.

The airliner's decision comes following a statement by the US pilot union earlier in the day, which advised its members to avoid flying to the country. In addition, the US State Department told US citizens to leave Venezuela after it pulled back its diplomats from the country.

Breaking the News / FH