Venezuelan international airport resumes operations after fire event
Firefighters responded to the emergency promptly and managed to control the fire. Signs of the fire and smoke are visible, especially around the counters of Santa Bárbara Airlines and American Airlines
Venezuela's Simón Bolívar international airport resumed on Thursday morning full operations after a fire broke out on Wednesday morning at the conveyor belt area forcing authorities to close the airport for nearly five hours and causing delays, suspensions, and diversion to other terminals in at least 12 flights.
Airport authorities and airlines spokespersons said most delayed or suspended flights were served on Wednesday or Thursday morning.
Firefighters responded to the emergency promptly and managed to control the fire. Signs of the fire and smoke are visible, especially around the counters of Santa Bárbara Airlines and American Airlines.
In the case Santa Bárbara Airlines, flights keep their regular schedules. Passengers are welcomed and checked at the airport's national terminal through commercial ally Aserca Airlines for luggage check-in and billing.
Airport sources informed the inquiry into the fire has not concluded yet. Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.