Venezuela will once again receive commercial flights from the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Turkey in December, after seven consecutive months of a ban on air operations, President Nicolás Maduro promised this Thursday (10/15/2020).
“By December we will have flights from the Dominican Republic, it is already established, we will have flights from Mexico (…), we will have the direct flight from Turkey,” one of his international allies, said the president during a virtual meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum .
Maduro did not provide details about those flights or when others will be reactivated. Until next November 12, a commercial flight restriction in Venezuela due to the COVID-19 pandemic is in force, a ban that has been in force since March.
Venezuela, a country of 30 million inhabitants, registers 85,005 infections and 714 deaths, according to official figures. Organizations such as Human Rights Watch, however, question the official balance sheets as not very credible.
“We are improving in the fight against the pandemic and by December 6 we will be in a better situation,” Maduro said, inviting members of the leftist bloc to the December parliamentary elections, questioned by the United States and the European Union and that they will be boycotted by the main opposition parties.
Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela, in a file image.
Reopening of tourist spaces
The day before, the Chavista leader ordered to “gradually reopen” the country’s tourist spaces from December under biosecurity protocols against COVID-19, after a “sustained trend” of decreasing infections.
After more than a semester of inactivity, the Venezuelan Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (AVAVIT) warned “the imminent bankruptcy and closure of definitive operations of travel and tourism agencies nationwide,” according to a statement released on Tuesday.
This, the AVAVIT document continued, brought with it “the impact of 15,000 direct jobs and 60,000 indirect jobs for the travel agency subsector.”
Before the pandemic, which reached a country that is moving towards its seventh consecutive year of recession and the highest inflation in the world, air activity had plummeted due to a massive exodus of airlines due to state debts amounting to 3.8 billion dollars, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
This is due to lack of foreign exchange to repatriate profits within the framework of an exchange control applied since 2003.
However, companies such as Air France, Iberia and Turkish Airlines maintained flights to destinations such as Paris, Madrid or Istanbul, while others such as Wingo flew to Bogotá.
mg (afp, El Nacional)
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