Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Avianca flights halted over safety concerns

Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy.

Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy.

On Friday, 28 July, Avianca Holdings SA announced that it will be temporarily suspending flights requiring passage over Venezuelan airspace.

The Bogotá – Barbados – Bogotá service is one of several that will be affected as the Colombian airline prioritizes passenger safety. An official statement from Avianca said:

“Due to operational limitations, Avianca decided to suspend flights between Bogota and Barbados indefinitely. The airline makes all efforts to serve travellers with reservation on cancelled flights and provide them a satisfactory solution.

"Avianca regrets the impact that the suspension of operations may have on customers and thanks the understanding to this measure aimed at preserving safety and security.”

Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Hon. Richard Sealy, expressed his confidence in a positive resolution.

“Of course we all understand Avianca’s decision to suspend flights. During the course of the past two years Barbados has enjoyed a healthy working relationship with the airline, and our partnership has seen fruitful returns.

"This partnership has served to provide a platform for several new opportunities in the emerging Latin America market. We are therefore working closely with Avianca to come up with viable solutions."

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