U.S. orders suspension of flights between the U.S. and Venezuela

Venezuela's opposition leader and interim president Juan Guaido speaks during a press conference at his campaign office in Caracas on May 14

The order mentions the Federal Aviation Administration's ban on low flights over Venezuelan airspace, American Airlines' decision to suspend all flights due to security concerns and the suspension of U.S. Embassy operations in Caracas.

American Airlines, the primary carrier from Miami, suspended its flights to Venezuela in late March.

From now on, all flights to and from Venezuela operated by both U.S. air carriers and foreign companies are suspended due to conditions around the country's airports "that threaten the safety or security of passengers, aircraft, or crew".

Many global airlines had stopped flying to Venezuela anyway because of security concerns and disputes over money they say the government owes them. Others have halted their flights over the past two years. But domestic airlines, including Laser Airlines and Avior Airlines, had been offering services to Miami.

There are now no direct commercial flights from the USA to Venezuela.

Venezuelan National Guard forces prevented the press from entering parliament, Wednesday, May 15.

The National Assembly has come under increasing pressure from Maduro since the opposition appealed in vain for a military uprising on April 30. The assembly's vice-president, Edgar Zambrano, was arrested May 8.

On Tuesday, police sealed off the National Assembly, purportedly to search for any hidden explosives. The U.S. and more than 50 other countries contend his presidency is illegitimate and recognize Guaido as the interim president.

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