USA suspends all commercial flights to Venezuela, citing unrest

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo approved the suspension and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao implemented it.

Conditions in Venezuela "threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew", the department said.

USA authorities will suspend all passenger and cargo flights from the country to Venezuela, citing unrest in the Latin American country, reported dpa news. Repeated attempts by Guaido to seize power have failed, however, and his latest bid involves inviting the US Southern Command to invade Venezuela.

Most U.S. -based airlines already stopped flying to Venezuela because of security concerns in and around its airports.

It applies to the rights of both US and foreign air carriers and both passenger and cargo flights.

American Airlines Group Inc, previously the largest carrier providing service between the United States and Venezuela, in March said it was indefinitely suspending its flights to Venezuela.

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Venezuela suffers a prolonged political and humanitarian crisis.

In April, the Federal Aviation Administration banned pilots from flying below 26,000 feet in Venezuelan airspace.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump last week expanded its Venezuela sanctions to the defense and security services sectors to pressure President Nicolas Maduro.

Assembly leader Juan Guaido and other legislators gave speeches denouncing Maduro's government, which has accused them of conspiring with the United States to stage a coup.

Norway was among European Union countries that have not endorsed opposition leader Juan Guaido as the Venezuelan interim president.

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