Sunday, 6 August 2017

Safety Concerns Cause Iberia change Route

With the continued political and social unrest continue to develop in Venezuela, Spanish airline, Iberia has had to look at alternatives on its lucrative Madrid-Caracas flight. 

Iberia has now advised its staff that flights to Caracas will now make a stop in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where it will do a crew change over, the new crew will then fly the aircraft down to Caracas before returning to Madrid.  This avoids a potentially dangerous night stop-over for the crew in Venezuela. 

A similar strategy was adopted by United when they introduced a brief stop-over point at Aruba in their direct Houston - Caracas route.  However, this combined with the continued unrest in the country has caused United to suspend the route, at least for the foreseeable future. 

Iberia issued a statement announcing that it had no intentions to axe their historic Caracas route. However, a few extra security measures had to be taken to “guarantee the safety of their crew”, they say decision will be temporary “until uncertainty dissipates.”.  Spain are among a large number of nations that have advised their citizens not to travel to the South American country.