The Colombian Airline – Avianca Airlines has recently announced that it will terminate service between Bogota, Colombia and Caracas, Venezuela as well as between Lima, Peru and Caracas, Venezuela.
This decision was reached after taking into consideration the current security conditions and the related risks. Furthermore, Avianca called out for some much-needed infrastructure requirements at the Caracas airport.
The service termination is effective August 16, 2017 and the sale of tickets to and from Caracas, Venezuela for dates after the termination date is effective immediately.
Passengers who currently hold confirmed reservations for August 16 or after, are requested to contact Avianca via the website for a full refund. If unable to process the request online, passengers should contact the airline at any of its customer service offices or airport counters.
Executive President Hernan Rincon lamented that after 60 years of continuous service to Venezuela they had to reach this decision but it was necessary on order to guarantee the security of the passengers and the airlines.
This is not new action for Venezuela as Aeroméxico, Air Canada, Alitalia, LATAM, Lufthansa and United Airlines have all suspended their services over the last few years.
It is increasingly getting difficult to get into and out of Venezuela and I predict it will only get harder and more expensive. After Avianca suspends their service, it will leave Air Europa, Air France, Iberia and TAP as the only international options to and from the country.