WASHINGTON—U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary Elaine Chao ordered an immediate suspension May 15 of all passenger and cargo operations between U.S. and Venezuelan airports, citing “deteriorating conditions” in Venezuela that “threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft and crew.” The order follows a May 1 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) banning most U.S.-certified aircraft operators and pilots from flying below 26,000 ft. over the country. ...


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