Transcarga application for Venezuela-US flights re
Transcarga International Airways attempt to circumnavigate a US ban on flights to and from Venezuela has been rejected.
On May 5, the US Department of Transportation (DoT) issued an order banning all US and foreign carriers from providing services to and from the South American country, at the request of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), on security grounds.
In June, Transcarga applied to run its charter flights to the US via intermediary airports where it could screen cargo and meet US security requirements in order to avoid the ban.
It had hoped to fly three times per week from Caracas to Miami via Panama City, Santo Domingo or Bogota.
The airline said that denial of the exemption would put its very existence as a privately-owned Venezuelan carrier at risk.
However, the DoT denied the request and said that the ban was not just down to concerns about cargo screening.
It quoted several other factors given by the DHS in a letter: Reports of civil unrest around airports; the inability of the Transportation Security Administration to gain access to airports to conduct security assessments; the current “economic and political crisis”; the cancellation of flights to the country by three US carriers; the publication of do not travel advisories and suspension of embassy operations; the FAA’s ban on flight operations by US carriers below certain altitudes in the country; and the risk of actions been taken against American citizens and interests.
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