United Ends Service to Venezuela
According to news reports, United Airlines is cancelling service to Venezuela. This is the lasts airline that has reduced or cancelled service to the troubled South American country. A major economic recession that has been a constant for years, political unrest and the withholding of revenue by the Venezuelan government have been a major factor for airlines to suspend service to the capital and other major cities.
United airlines will end Houston (HOU) – Caracas (CCS) service on July 1.
Online travel searches by users in Venezuela had been one of the highest per capita in Latin America, but has slumping in the past 12 months. According to Google Trends, interest in Travel searches has dropped more than 60% from its peak in January of 2014 to today.
Due to financial restrictions imposed on Venezuelan citizens by their government, it has challenging for travelers to purchase tickets using local credit cards on airline website, online travel agencies and other online outlets. Users had to rely on an international credit or debit card for online purchases. In addition to the restriction for travelers, the Venezuelan government has prevented international airlines from repatriating almost $4 billion from ticket sales.
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