Maduro bans Aerolíneas Argentinas planes from entering Venezuelan airspace

Maduro bans Aerolíneas Argentinas planes from entering Venezuelan airspace

An unexpected development in the relationship with Caracas has resulted in the Maduro regime banning Aerolíneas Argentinas from flying over Venezuelan airspace. This ban has led to commercial routes needing to be diverted by the national flag company, especially those flights aimed at Punta Cana. Flights to destinations like Miami and New York have also been affected, as well as private planes with Argentine registration.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has lodged complaints with the Chavista regime and summoned Maduro’s ambassador in Buenos Aires, Stella Lugo, regarding this issue. Despite these actions, flights over Venezuelan airspace remain prohibited. There is a belief that this ban is in retaliation for the delivery of Emtrasur Cargo’s Boeing to the United States, which was subject to sanctions related to Venezuela and Iran.

Aerolíneas Argentinas is considering appealing to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to resolve this matter. The company is working closely with government officials to address the situation and is exploring alternative routes to affected destinations. The tensions around the Emtrasur Cargo plane incident have strained relations between Argentina and Venezuela.

The Emtrasur Cargo plane, a Boeing 747-300, was detained in Argentina at the request of the US justice system due to alleged connections to terrorism. Maduro accused Argentina and the US of hijacking the plane, leading to further disputes between the two countries. The issue was raised at a recent summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), where Argentina’s stance on the matter drew criticism from Maduro and Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Efforts are being made to resolve the conflict between Argentina and Venezuela, with the situation remaining tense due to the ongoing restrictions on Aerolíneas Argentinas flights over Venezuelan airspace.

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