Airline lobby says some companies may have to suspend service if Venezuela does not pay debts

CARACAS, Venezuela – International airlines are warning that if the Venezuelan government does not pay a $3.3 billion debt to foreign carriers, companies will not be able to sustain service to the country.

The International Air Transport Association said Wednesday that 11 airlines have already reduced operations in the socialist country.

Maduro’s government has fallen behind on payments to airlines as it safeguards its shrinking supply of dollars.

This month, Air Canada suspended its flights to and from the country due to ongoing protests and civil unrest. Maduro responded at the time that any airline that suspends flights won’t be allowed back while he is in power.