Caracas Flights Suspended

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  1. tcook052
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    http://www.aircanada.com/en/news/trav_adv/140317.html

    March 17, 2014
    Due to on-going civil unrest in Venezuela, Air Canada can no longer ensure the safety of its operation and has suspended flights to Caracas until further notice.

    The last flight departed Toronto on Saturday March 15 and Caracas on Sunday March 16, 2014.

    Customers holding tickets to or from Caracas and who have not commenced their travel may obtain refunds. Customers who have commenced their travel may be re-booked at no additional charge on other airlines or obtain a refund of the unused portion of their ticket. Customers who purchased their tickets through travel agents should contact their travel agent for assistance.

    Air Canada’s reservations and ticketing office in Caracas remains open to assist customers who booked directly with Air Canada in Venezuela. To contact Air Canada in Venezuela, please visit aircanada.com for further information.

    Air Canada and travel agents have begun notifying affected customers in order to re-book them on other airlines to complete their travel via alternate routings (for example, via Bogota, Miami or Houston), or offer refunds on unused portions of tickets.

    Air Canada will continue to monitor the situation and will evaluate the re-introduction of flights with the objective of resuming operations on the route once Air Canada is satisfied that the situation in Venezuela has stabilized.

    Prior to the suspension of flights, Air Canada was operating three return flights weekly between Toronto and Caracas. As no flights were scheduled on Monday March 17 in either direction, the first cancelled flights are the departure from Toronto to Caracas on Tuesday evening March 18, and the departure from Caracas to Toronto on Wednesday morning March 19.
     
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    Thanks for the update.
     
  3. tcook052
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    A wise move. If Maduro is threatening even AV, never mind gringo airlines like AC, then it's time to pull the plug on CCS.
     
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    The Globe and Mail claims the issue is money, not civil unrest. Apparently there's a moratorium on transferring money out of Venezuela and so AC and other airlines are owed millions that they can't get out of the country. Story is behind a paywall, so I can't link to it.
     
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    I'd bet it's both the money issue and the civil unrest. I read (can't remember where, it was a while ago) that several airlines (including AC) had stopped selling tickets on flights to/from Venezuela because of not being able to get their money out of the country. They were probably leaning in this direction anyway, and the civil unrest was the straw that broke the camel's back.
     
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    AC announced in late January that it was suspending its ticket sales within Venezuela but not anywhere else.
     
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    Yes, most likely. Currency transactions are tightly controlled and the official exchange rate is fairly ruinous when money can be transferred out. Here's an accessible article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/today...ds-venezuela-flights-on-civil-unrest/6601209/.
     
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