Venezuela has been doing erratic things recently as a nation with their President Hugo Chavez, but the most recent one has aviation experts shaking their heads. On Thursday, Francisco Plaz, President of the National Aviation Institute, informed Delta and Continental that they were not welcome to fly into Venezuela starting March 1st, 2006.
Speaking late Thursday, Plaz said that the measure, which also will restrict American Airlines flights, was taken because the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency had established a similar ban on commercial jets registered in Venezuela 10 years ago due to safety violations.
The ban would take effect on March 1, Plaz told the local Globovision television channel.
Delta Airlines currently services a daily route from Simon Bolivar International Airport to Atlanta while Continental Airlines has daily flights to Houston and weekly flights to New York. American Airlines services daily routes to Puerto Rico and Miami.
A spokesperson for the Venezuelan Association of Airlines, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press the three U.S.-based airlines received notification of the ban on Thursday.