American Airlines temporarily suspends its flights to Caracas and Maracaibo

American Airlines Group has decided to temporarily suspend its operations for Caracas and Maracaibo, Venezuela, after the US State Department issued a travel alert.

The State Department cites civil unrest, poor sanitary conditions and arbitrary arrests of US citizens in Venezuela as the grounds for its recommendation of March 12.

“Our corporate security team collaborates with all our union leaders and we will continue to do so to assess the situation in Venezuela,” the airline said in a statement, adding that American will not operate in countries it does not consider safe.

The United States Association of Allied Pilots has recommended today to American Airlines pilots not to travel to Venezuela, a request based on the US Department of State alert issued this week that urges its citizens not to travel to the country Latin American for the lack of security.

“Do not accept any trip to Venezuela,” the union’s statement requested. Several airlines have suspended their trips to the country due to security concerns and disputes over the money the Venezuelan government says these companies owe. For example, United Airlines stopped flying to Venezuela in 2017.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also announced on Thursday that all US diplomatic personnel left in Venezuela had already left the Caribbean nation, according to orders received from the White House.