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Clarification on Direct Commercial Flights between the US and Venezuela

In recent news, the government of President Joe Biden has refuted reports suggesting the resumption of direct commercial flights between the United States and Venezuela. This announcement comes as a clarification on the recent developments surrounding the airspace situation between the two countries.

The FAA's Flight Ban Removal: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently lifted the flight ban, allowing U.S. civilian operators to use Venezuelan airspace if necessary, primarily for safe diversions and to avoid hazardous weather conditions typical in the region. However, it is important to note that this action does not authorize commercial flights to and from Venezuela.

A spokesperson from the U.S. Department of State responded to the reports, stating that the removal of the FAA's Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) is independent and separate from the existing orders from the Department of Transportation. These existing orders currently prohibit passenger and cargo air transportation between any Venezuelan airport and the United States, including connections through third countries, by both U.S. and foreign airlines.

The statement issued by the Department of State aims to clarify any misconceptions regarding the recent airspace developments between the U.S. and Venezuela. While U.S. operators can now access Venezuelan airspace for specific purposes, commercial flights between the two countries remain restricted due to the ongoing prohibitions.

It is essential to accurately understand the recent updates on direct commercial flights between the United States and Venezuela. The removal of the FAA's flight ban pertains to the use of Venezuelan airspace for diversion and safety purposes only, and it does not permit commercial operations. The existing orders from the Department of Transportation continue to prohibit passenger and cargo transportation between the two countries.

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