Venezuela: EU ban on state airline is unwarranted

Published April 3, 2012 8:36PM (EDT)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela has strongly rejected the European Union's decision on Tuesday to prohibit the South American country's state airline from flying into European airports due to safety concerns.

Venezuela's foreign ministry says the decision preventing Conviasa from flying into the EU is unfair and unwarranted.

In a regular update of its blacklist, the European Commission said earlier Tuesday that Conviasa is being placed on because of "numerous safety concerns arising from accidents and the results of ramp checks at EU airports."

Venezuela's foreign ministry says the government of President Hugo Chavez will consider the possibility of taking "reciprocal measures."

By Salon Staff

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