US Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary Elaine Chao on May 15 ordered an immediate suspension of all passenger and cargo operations between US and Venezuelan airports, citing “deteriorating conditions” in the country that “threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft and crew.” The order follows a May 1 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) banning most US-certified aircraft operators and pilots from flying below 26,000 ft. over the country. The new order will ...

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