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United Airlines Says “Goodbye” To Caracas, Venezuela

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United Airlines Says “Goodbye” To Caracas, Venezuela

United Airlines Says “Goodbye” To Caracas, Venezuela
June 30
14:31 2017

MIAMI – Sometimes Fridays aren’t fun, and sunny days aren’t always as shiny as they seem. This was today’s state of affairs, as United Airlines finally said ‘goodbye’ to Caracas, Venezuela.

As it was announced a month ago by the carrier, they ended the service because it was “not meeting our financial expectations”. Clearly, the ‘financial expectations’ are summed up in a package that makes it difficult for airlines to maintain Venezuelan service; it includes the country’s bad administration, a remaining debt to the aviation industry from the government and the fear sustained in the lack of security.

Claps and tears of sadness accompanied United’s last departure at the Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS), the Venezuelan flag was exhibited by the pilots from the Boeing 737-800 cockpit to say goodbye, and the flight attendants assured passengers, with tears in their eyes, they “will see each other again”.

United’s progressive farewell started three years ago when they were forced to reduce their daily flight to a four-weekly flight. At the beginning of the summer season, the airline went back to daily frequency, but since April 4th, due to the lack of security in Caracas, the flight from Houston made technical stops in Aruba to change crews, so they wouldn’t have to overnight in the Venezuelan city.

You may be asking yourself: Why do Venezuelans make such a drama out of this? Easy. They have the ongoing feeling that their main international gateway is closing down day after day. They feel trapped in their own country and even though there are Venezuelans that want to stay and fight their liberty, they are scared that if it is not achieved, there’s no way out of the rude dictatorship they are living in.

Flight attendant saying to passengers “We will see each other again… We will see each other again…”

It’s hard for them to see how everyone is running away from their country; this is not the first last departure they’ve experienced. Several international carriers, including Air Canada, Alitalia, Lufthansa, LATAM, GOL and Insel Air ceased flights to Venezuela. Others, such as American Airlines and Delta, have decreased their operations, and Aerolineas Argentinas took extra measures to keep their crew safe during their layovers in Caracas.

Hundreds of Venezuelans expressed their grief on Social Media. With emotive messages, such as “We’ll see each other again in democracy” they exposed the sadness, impotence, and rage to see, once more, their “Land Of Grace” wrapped in big disgrace.

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Online Executive Editor. Journalist and Certified Radio Host. Studying for a Specialization in Public Opinion and Political Communications. Even though I love politics I've found myself fascinated by the Aviation World. I'm also passionate by economy, strategic communications, my family, my country, and dogs. mc@airwaysmag.com

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  1. bsablesak@comcast.net
    bsablesak@comcast.net June 30, 17:44

    Awesome coverage, Maria. Thank You. I am a UAL Captain based in EWR and I am in tears as I type this. I flew many, many times to CCS as a CAL, UAL, and even EAL Captain way back in the day. Now that I am based in EWR I haven’t been there in a while and it wasn’t much fun the last couple of years due to the political climate. Hopefully things will change for the better & UAL will be back in CCS soon. Again, Thank You for the awesome article. 🙂

  2. ibhalla
    ibhalla July 02, 23:54

    What do you fly? Thanks.

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