CAL cancels Venezuela flights

(CNS) – Caribbean Airlines (CAL) on Monday said that it had cancelled all flights to Venezuela on Monday following an electricity blackout that has hit the South American country where the opposition is seeking to force President Nicolas Maduro out of office.

In a brief statement, CAL said it had taken the decision “due to no electricity or back-up electricity supply at the Simon Bolivar International Airport”

It said that its flights BW 300 (Trinidad to Venezuela) and BW 301 (Venezuela to Trinidad) for Monday “are cancelled” and that “the affected passengers will be accommodated on other services”.

The airline gave no indication as to how long it would cancel its flights to the South American country.

The Trinidad and Tobago government has long indicated that it would not interfere in the internal affairs of Venezuela and has adopted the position of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping of non-interference and urging dialogue in the ongoing political and economic turmoil in that country.