May 1, 2019 / 3:13 AM / a month ago

FAA bans low flights over Venezuela's airspace, citing political instability

WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday evening issued an order prohibiting U.S. air operators from flying below 26,000 feet in Venezuela's airspace until further notice, citing "increasing political instability and tensions".

The FAA notice said any air operators currently in Venezuela, which would include private jets, should depart within 48 hours.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday made his strongest call yet to the military to help him oust President Nicolas Maduro but there were no concrete signs of defection from the armed forces leadership.

American Airlines Group Inc in March said it was indefinitely suspending its flights to Venezuela, as the country continued to struggle with political turmoil and unrest. (Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington; additional reporting and writing by Jamie Freed in Singapore; Editing by Michael Perry)

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