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  • Venezuela's Minister of Transport, Hipólito Abreu (left), gives a statement to the media on Monday in Caracas, Venezuela

    Venezuela's Minister of Transport, Hipólito Abreu (left), gives a statement to the media on Monday in Caracas, Venezuela | Photo: EFE

Published 18 February 2020
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Delcy Rodríguez, Vice President of Venezuela,  stated on her official Twitter profile the suspension of TAP's services for 90 days.

The Venezuelan Government announced on  Monday the suspension of the Portuguese airline TAP, over some irregularities detected in Juan Guaido´s returning flight. The self-proclaimed 'president' returned to Venezuela after a tour of Europe and the United States on a TAP flight under a different identification, as Antonio Márquez, which violates the international air transportation policies.

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Hipólito Abreu, Venezuela´s Transportation Minister, discussed this inconvenience on state-owned Venezolana de Televisión, also the functionary commented about the sanctions, penalties and other possible actions to take action on the airline and its irregularities.

Delcy Rodríguez, Vice President of Venezuela,  stated on her official Twitter profile the suspension of TAP's services for 90 days.

On February 14, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza demanded the Portugese government give a more detailed investigation of these irregular activities. 

On the aforementioned flight was also Guaido's uncle, who was carrying undeclared devices and explosives that he was trying to smuggle into Venezuela for undisclosed reasons.

The decision lays on the  Civil National Aeronautic Institute (INAC) investigations, wherein it verified that the Portuguese airline didn´t register the effective passenger's identifications. The security formularies don't comply with the requirements of its safety program.

Besides, the presence of unauthorized materials was detected inside the airplane. Abreu declared that all the legal and required information was sent to that the International Civil Aviation Organization to report the events.

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