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Posted: Oct 11 2017, 07:50 AM
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Venezuela, another step closer to being cut off from the world
An anti-government activist fires an improvised handgun made from an iron tube during clashes with security forces in Caracas in July 2017.
WITH its spectacular Caribbean coastline, vibrant cities and world famous Angel Falls, Venezuela should be a dream holiday spot.
Lately, it’s been anything but. Extreme violence, corruption, poverty and a currency meltdown have turned Venezuela — formerly South America’s wealthiest nation — into a dysfunctional, dangerous mess, where only the most intrepid of backpackers dare venture.
Now it’s has been dealt a fresh blow, and one that could wipe it off the travel map for good.
Dozens of airlines have stopped flying in and out of the troubled South American nation due to concerns over violence and political uncertainty.
Just days after it emerged the Venezuelan bolivar was so worthless people had started trading with ham, Argentine Airlines announced it was suspending flights to the capital Caracas, citing “operational reasons”.
The Venezuelan capital Caracas has been rocked by deadly clashes between security forces and protesters rallying against president Nicolas Maduro. Picture: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino
The Venezuelan capital Caracas has been rocked by deadly clashes between security forces and protesters rallying against president Nicolas Maduro. Picture: Reuters/Ueslei MarcelinoSource:Supplied
It followed similar moves by US airlines United and Delta, Germany’s Lufthansa, Air Canada, Aeromexico, Alitalia and Colombian airline Avianca, among a swathe of other carriers.
That leaves only a small handful of airlines still flying people in and out of Venezuela, providing the country’s last, tenuous links to the rest of the world.
But even those airlines are showing signs of worry. While Panama carrier Copa Airlines denied it would abandon its Venezuelan route, it said it still wouldn’t let its crew stay overnight in Venezuelan cities, AFP reported.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Venezuela was becoming increasingly isolated.
Venezuela’s Angel Falls is one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls but as more and more airlines cut services to the country, fewer people are going to see it.
Venezuela’s Angel Falls is one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls but as more and more airlines cut services to the country, fewer people are going to see it.Source:Supplied
“The situation has become increasingly difficult, most of IATA’s members have left Venezuela,” the association’s vice president Peter Cerda said.
“There are only six or seven carriers left operating a very low flight frequency.
“Venezuela is becoming disconnected. It’s practically disconnected from the rest of the world, above all by air, and we can’t see any solution in the short term.”
Unpaid government contracts have also deterred airlines from servicing Venezuela, the BBC reports.
Another beautiful country ruined by scheming despots. I guess associating with Iran and North Korea has its drawbacks.
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