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Copa Airlines suspends flights to Venezuela

Panama-based air carrier, Copa Airlines has announced that its flights to and from Venezuela have been suspended. The company said that as a result of the suspension, which is expected to last 90 days, Guyanese passengers who have scheduled flights to and from Venezuela in the next 90 days will be reimbursed, without penalties, for unused tickets.

The decision was made to suspend air service to the nation after the Venezuelan Government passed a resolution to suspend all commercial and diplomatic relations with the country.

An option is also available for passengers to change their flight destinations without cost.

While most air carriers have backed out the increasingly isolated nation, Copa remains one of the last international corporations to still operate in Venezuela.

Copa Airlines’ full statement:

“Panama City, Panama April 5, 2018 – Copa Airlines {NYSE: CPA} announces that the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela ordered, by resolution published in Official Gazette No. 6369, dated April 5, 2018, the suspension of the economic, commercial and financial relationship with subjects of the Republic of Panama, which includes the suspension of Copa Airlines’ flights to Venezuela for a period of 90 days with possible renewal.

In order to assist passengers who have scheduled flights to and from Venezuela in the next 90 days, Copa Airlines offers a reimbursement option, without penalties, of the total value of unused airline tickets. Passengers who may have initiated their flight are eligible to receive reimbursement without penalties for the unused route.

Additionally, passengers who prefer to change their final destination may do so without cost by April 20, must travel before July 4, and are subject to seat availability and the following criteria:

  • Passengers flying between North America and Mexico and Venezuela may change their final destination to any of the airline’s destinations in Panama, Central America, the Caribbean, Guyana, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.

 

  • Passengers flying between Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile and Venezuela may change their final destination to any of the airline’s destinations in Panama, Central America, the Caribbean, Guyana, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Miami.

 

  • Passengers flying between Central America, Panama, the Caribbean, Guyana, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Venezuela may change their final destination to of the airline’s destinations in Panama, Central America, the Caribbean, Guyana, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Miami.

Due to the volume of passengers affected by this measure, the reimbursement process may take longer than usual. Copa apologizes for the inconveniences that may arise from these external events affecting the airline.

Copa Airlines reaffirms its commitment to the safety and well-being of its passengers, so it will take all steps that are within its reach to provide assistance to its passengers and reduce the impact that this measure has had on their trips.”

 

 

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