Venezuela se queda aislada

People wait at the counters of Panama's Copa Airlines at Caracas' international airport on April 6, 2018 after Venezuela suspended the company's flights in an escalating diplomatic row. Panama on April 5 ordered Venezuela's ambassador out and recalled its own envoy to the country as Caracas imposed sanctions on senior Panamanian officials and suspended flights in an escalating diplomatic row. At issue is Panama's alignment with other Latin American countries as well as the European Union, Canada and the United States that have taken measures against President Nicolas Maduro's and his government on the grounds that he is undemocratically tightening his hold on power. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA
Pasajeros ante el mostrador vacío de Copa Airlines en el aeropuerto internacional Simón Bolívar en Maiquetía / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA

 

Otro caos se suma a los que ya viven a diario los venezolanos, con la falta de alimentos y medicamentos. La decisión del gobierno de Nicolás Maduro de suspender por tres meses las operaciones aéreas de Copa Airlines, empresa que  atendía el 36% de la conexión hacia América Latina y el Caribe, deja  aislado al país, publica La Prensa.

Por Katiuska Hernández

Según cálculos de la Asociación Internacional de Transporte Aéreo, la conectividad de Venezuela ha caído en más de 60% y en el último lustro se han ido del país  17 aerolíneas.

El año pasado suspendieron operaciones Avianca, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Dynamic Airways y Aerolíneas Argentinas; antes se habían despedido de Venezuela,  Air Canada, Alitalia, GOL, Tiara Air, Lufthansa, Aeroméxico e Insel Air, Latam Airlines y ahora forzada a salir Copa, temporalmente.

Cientos de pasajeros varados en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía reaccionaron con indignación. Francisco Fernández, un ejecutivo de 53 años,  que debía viajar a Argentina vía Panamá para operarse de la vista, dijo a la AFP que  la medida “afecta a la gente, no al Gobierno de Panamá”.

“Esto es un golpe casi mortal para la conectividad del venezolano”, afirmó a AP  Julio Arnaldes, director de la Asociación Venezolana de Mayoristas y Empresas  del Turismo.

Delcy Rodríguez, presidenta de la oficialista Asamblea Constituyente, defendió la medida como respuesta a la “agresión” que significaron las sanciones que impuso Panamá el 29 de marzo contra Maduro y otros 55 funcionarios.

Copa movía aproximadamente 5 mil 500 personas en  unos 40 vuelos semanales hacia  Caracas, Maracaibo y Valencia.  Ahora la única conexión con el istmo es a través de cuatro aerolíneas venezolanas que ofrecen 20 vuelos semanales. Voceros de Laser Airlines dijeron  a La Prensa que mantienen sus operaciones diarias entre Caracas y Panamá. Avior, Turpial Airlines y La Venezolana siguen operando.

Andreina Chacín, venezolana residente en Panamá y activista por los derechos humanos, denunció que el gobierno de Maduro tiene secuestrado al pueblo.

Siga leyendo en La Prensa

A screen of Panama's Copa Airlines announces a flight has been cancelled at Caracas' international airport on April 6, 2018 after Venezuela suspended flights of the company in an escalating diplomatic row. Panama on April 5 ordered Venezuela's ambassador out and recalled its own envoy to the country as Caracas imposed sanctions on senior Panamanian officials and suspended flights in an escalating diplomatic row. At issue is Panama's alignment with other Latin American countries as well as the European Union, Canada and the United States that have taken measures against President Nicolas Maduro's and his government on the grounds that he is undemocratically tightening his hold on power. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA
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People queue at counters of Panama's Copa Airlines at Caracas' international airport on April 6, 2018 after Venezuela suspended the company's flights in an escalating diplomatic row. Panama on April 5 ordered Venezuela's ambassador out and recalled its own envoy to the country as Caracas imposed sanctions on senior Panamanian officials and suspended flights in an escalating diplomatic row. At issue is Panama's alignment with other Latin American countries as well as the European Union, Canada and the United States that have taken measures against President Nicolas Maduro's and his government on the grounds that he is undemocratically tightening his hold on power. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA
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Screens of Panama's Copa Airlines announce flight have been cancelled at Caracas' international airport on April 6, 2018 after Venezuela suspended flights of the company in an escalating diplomatic row. Panama on April 5 ordered Venezuela's ambassador out and recalled its own envoy to the country as Caracas imposed sanctions on senior Panamanian officials and suspended flights in an escalating diplomatic row. At issue is Panama's alignment with other Latin American countries as well as the European Union, Canada and the United States that have taken measures against President Nicolas Maduro's and his government on the grounds that he is undemocratically tightening his hold on power. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA
 / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA
People wait at the counters of Panama's Copa Airlines at Caracas' international airport on April 6, 2018 after Venezuela suspended the company's flights in an escalating diplomatic row. Panama on April 5 ordered Venezuela's ambassador out and recalled its own envoy to the country as Caracas imposed sanctions on senior Panamanian officials and suspended flights in an escalating diplomatic row. At issue is Panama's alignment with other Latin American countries as well as the European Union, Canada and the United States that have taken measures against President Nicolas Maduro's and his government on the grounds that he is undemocratically tightening his hold on power. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA
 / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA
Airport signs and materials of Panama's Copa Airlines counetrs are piled against a wall at Caracas' international airport on April 6, 2018 after Venezuela suspended the company's flights in an escalating diplomatic row. Panama on April 5 ordered Venezuela's ambassador out and recalled its own envoy to the country as Caracas imposed sanctions on senior Panamanian officials and suspended flights in an escalating diplomatic row. At issue is Panama's alignment with other Latin American countries as well as the European Union, Canada and the United States that have taken measures against President Nicolas Maduro's and his government on the grounds that he is undemocratically tightening his hold on power. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA
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People remain stranded at Caracas' international airport on April 6, 2018 after Venezuela suspended flights of Panama's Copa Airlines in an escalating diplomatic row. Panama on April 5 ordered Venezuela's ambassador out and recalled its own envoy to the country as Caracas imposed sanctions on senior Panamanian officials and suspended flights in an escalating diplomatic row. At issue is Panama's alignment with other Latin American countries as well as the European Union, Canada and the United States that have taken measures against President Nicolas Maduro's and his government on the grounds that he is undemocratically tightening his hold on power. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA
 / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA
People remain stranded at Caracas' international airport on April 6, 2018 after Venezuela suspended flights of Panama's Copa Airlines in an escalating diplomatic row. Panama on April 5 ordered Venezuela's ambassador out and recalled its own envoy to the country as Caracas imposed sanctions on senior Panamanian officials and suspended flights in an escalating diplomatic row. At issue is Panama's alignment with other Latin American countries as well as the European Union, Canada and the United States that have taken measures against President Nicolas Maduro's and his government on the grounds that he is undemocratically tightening his hold on power. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA
 / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA