Conviasa will not be able to fly to Colombia due to OFAC sanctions

OFAC included Conviasa on the list of legal entities sanctioned for having links with the government of Nicolás Maduro. On February 7, 2020, the sanctions were extended to about 40 aircraft operated by the airline. The State Department then justified the sanctions because the Maduro administration relies on the airline “to transport corrupt regime officials around the world to galvanize support for its anti-democratic efforts.”


The Venezuelan state airline Conviasa will not be able to fly to Colombia from September 26as the authorities of both countries had planned, due to its inclusion on the sanctions list of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), a dependency of the United States Department of State.

This was confirmed by sources, who did not identify, from the Colombian Ministry of Transport to Radius snail. In addition, it was reported that the Governments of Colombia and Venezuela are taking steps to define which private Venezuelan airline will be able to make the first flight during the reopening of the border.

OFAC included Conviasa on the list of legal entities sanctioned for having links with the government of Nicolás Maduro. On February 7, 2020 sanctions were extended to about 40 planes operated by the airline.

The State Department then justified the sanctions because the Maduro administration relies on the airline “to transport corrupt regime officials around the world to galvanize support for its anti-democratic efforts.”

At the beginning of the week, during his visit to Venezuela, the Colombian Minister of Transportation, Guillermo Reyes, assured that the first Venezuelan airline that would connect the two countries on Monday, September 26, would be Conviasa, with a flight on the Caracas-Valencia-Bogotá route. , which would arrive “in the morning hours”.

Even Conviasa had already announced the sale of tickets, which had a price range of between 551 dollars to 723 dollars.

From Colombia, Wingo, a subsidiary of Copa, will operate the Bogotá-Caracas and Caracas-Bogotá route, using the El Dorado and Maiquetía airports. It is estimated that the first flight will take off on October 4.

In this way, Colombia would join Argentina and Chile, countries that have banned Conviasa flights after the scandal over the seizure of the Iranian-Venezuelan plane in Buenos Aires.


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