Published On: Mon, Mar 12th, 2018

Government hopes for a normalization aerial connection with Venezuela

Curacao Government CenterWILLEMSTAD - The Government of Curaçao hopes for a normalization of the aerial connection between the island and Venezuela. This is why it is doing its utmost to accomplish this. Based on the measures taken by the government of Nicolas Maduro to block all connection, both maritime and aerial, between his country and the ABC islands, starting March 1, all airlines have ceased operations between Curaçao and Venezuela.

Also, on March 8, the Venezuelan civil aviation authority INAC, informed that for an indefinite period of time all commercial flights between Venezuela and Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire will be suspended. According to the aviation company Aruba Airlines, there are exceptions to this measure imposed by the Venezuelan government for this company to transport its citizens from Venezuela to Miami via Aruba. The exception is also valid for third destinations.

Curaçao does not have any airline that is currently operating to and from Venezuela. The Venezuelan airlines have ceased their operations because the route is not economically viable. There are too few passengers that can travel by Maduro’s decree. The last company that continued operations was AVIOR but they announced that on March 2, 2018, they would cease operations between the two destinations. Aruba has more connections with Venezuela and apparently, Aruba Airlines still sees the flights via its base as feasible.

The Curaçao Government, just like the other countries in the Kingdom, will continue its diplomatic efforts to normalize the situation. The objective is that the traffic, both maritime and aerial, between the two countries can continue.

For those who need to travel to Venezuela, the government advises against this if it is not an urgent matter. Those with a Dutch passport should contact the Embassy of the Kingdom in Caracas.

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