Global Pilots on Crew Layovers in Venezuela

MONTREAL--()--The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) is extremely concerned with the growing number of security reports recently received from its Member Associations concerning layovers in Venezuela.

The Federation stresses once again that the security of crews should be the primary decision factor when conducting the risk assessment of a destination for the purpose of scheduled layovers. Over the past few years airline crews have been targeted and even abducted on several occasions. When they are on a layover, they can easily find themselves in danger, especially in areas such as Caracas where the security situation is difficult to predict and has the potential to change rapidly.

IFALPA reminds all operators of the need to include the following in their security program:

  • a statement that each flight and layover should be subject to the decision of the pilot-in-command; taking account the latest intelligence available;
  • a continuous threat assessment and risk management of their destinations;
  • security measures for crew members during transits and layovers, including but not limited to transport to and from the hotel;
  • provisions for extracting crews in specific circumstances such as terrorist attacks or civil unrest.

In view of the current situation in Caracas, IFALPA believes that specific measures are required to guarantee the security of all crew members operating to this destination. The Federation urges all operators to consider discontinuing any scheduled layovers in Caracas until there is a measurable decrease in the threat level.

Please note: An unofficial Spanish translation is included with this Press Release at

Note to Editors: The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations represents more than 100,000 pilots in nearly 100 countries around the globe. The mission of IFALPA is to promote the highest level of aviation safety worldwide and to be the global advocate of the piloting profession; providing representation, services and support to both our members and the aviation industry.

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