Flights between Panama and Venezuela Suspended

After the South American country decided to suspend flights to and from Venezuela by Copa Airlines, the Civil Aeronautical Authority of Panama cancelled flights from Venezuela.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Panama has been forced to cancel existing flights to Venezuelan airlines, in response to the same measure taken by that country and until equal and reciprocal treatment is reached in the frequency of flights, as corresponds by the air commercial agreement, explained the Civil Aeronautical Authority (CAA).

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From AAC's statement:

Panama, December 13, 2020. The AAC announces that Panama and Venezuela currently have an equal bilateral air frequency agreement updated in 2015, which in principle gives each country access to up to 63 weekly frequencies on either route.

However, as a result of the pandemic, both countries have reduced to a minimum the number of flights between the two countries, a situation that has been released on the Panamanian side, but which does not count with the reciprocity of Venezuela.

While Panama has granted up to 9 flights a week to Venezuelan airlines, Venezuela only allows 3 flights a week to the Panamanian airline, citing restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On December 7, 2020, and under the unequal conditions described above, the Venezuelan side requested Panama to further increase frequencies for its airlines, without yet giving up the access required by the Panamanian side.

Based on the Bilateral Air Agreement, Panama requested from Venezuela a treatment of reciprocity and equity in the flight frequencies, as the only condition for the approval of the additional flights proposed.

However, on Friday, December 12, 2020, Venezuela proceeded to unilaterally cancel, without prior notice and without justification, the 3 weekly flights of the Panamanian airline.

Given this situation and the lack of fair and equal treatment that has been generated for months, the CAA has been obliged to cancel from this date, the access to Panama of the Venezuelan airlines until the flights required by the Panamanian airline are authorized and the equal and fair treatment agreed in the current bilateral agreement is reestablished.

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