Venezuela extended the ban on commercial flights due to the new pandemic of coronavirus for another 30 days, until August 12, maintaining the restrictions that began to apply in March, the aeronautical authority said.
The National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC) announced the “extension of the restriction of air operations in the national territory for 30 days”, in a statement released on Sunday night.
“Operations in a state of emergency, cargo and mail flights, technical landings, humanitarian flights, repatriation or flights authorized by the United Nations and commercial and cargo flights are exempt,” he added.
The measure is part of the “state of alarm” declared by the Venezuelan government on March 13 before the new coronavirus.
This type of state of emergency, which gives Socialist President Nicolás Maduro special powers and provides a legal basis for a quarantine in place since March, was also extended last Friday for another 30 days.
There are 9,465 infected with covid-19 and 89 killed by the virus in this country of 30 million inhabitants, according to official data, questioned by organizations such as Human Rights Watch.
Before the pandemic, air activity in Venezuela collapsed due to a massive exodus of airlines because of state debts in the amount of $ 3.8 billion, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
This is due to the lack of foreign exchange to repatriate profits under an exchange control in force since 2003.
However, companies like Air France, Iberia and Turkish Airlines maintained flights to destinations like Paris, Madrid or Istanbul, while others like Wingo offered service to Bogota.