Citing insecurity, Washington bars all air travel between U.S. and Venezuela

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela, citing reports of unrest and violence around airports in the South American country.

In a letter to the Transportation Department requesting the halt, the Department of Homeland Security said “conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew traveling to or from that country.”

In March, American Airlines — the last major U.S. carrier with regular flights to the oil-rich country — suspended operations there citing insecurity

Air Canada stopped flying to and from Venezuela in 2014, citing “civil unrest.”