Brazil suspends operations of Avianca Brasil air carrier

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's civil aviation regulator ANAC said on Friday it had suspended the operations of carrier Avianca Brasil in the country, including all remaining flights, as a precautionary measure. 'All the flights are suspended until the company proves it has the capacity to maintain operations safely,' ANAC said in a statement

Reuters May 25, 2019 00:06:05 IST
Brazil suspends operations of Avianca Brasil air carrier

Brazil suspends operations of Avianca Brasil air carrier

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's civil aviation regulator ANAC said on Friday it had suspended the operations of carrier Avianca Brasil in the country, including all remaining flights, as a precautionary measure.

"All the flights are suspended until the company proves it has the capacity to maintain operations safely," ANAC said in a statement.

Avianca Brasil has filed for bankruptcy protection and lost most of its fleet after lessors obtained favourable court decisions to take aircraft back for lack of payments. It is still trying to reach a deal to sell remaining assets.

The carrier was operating around 30 flights per day using the planes it had left.

ANAC said, without elaborating, that it took the decision after receiving information regarding the operational safety of Avianca Brasil flights.

Avianca Brasil's press office said the company would comment on the ANAC measure later on Friday.

The regulator said passengers who had flights booked with Avianca Brasil in the coming days should not go to airports, and should instead contact the company about arranging refunds or flights from other carriers.

(Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Tom Brown)

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