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Brazil’s aviation authority suspends Avianca Brasil flights

May 24, 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s aviation authority is suspending all Avianca Brasil flights out of safety concerns.

The National Civil Aviation Agency said Friday that the company is obligated to either reimburse or rebook its customers. It advised passengers to contact the airline.

The suspension is the latest bad news for the carrier, which licenses the name from the Colombian airline but operates separately.

In April, Avianca Brasil was forced to return 18 planes to leasing agencies, cancel over 1,000 flights and scrap several international routes from Sao Paulo to New York, Miami and Santiago, Chile.

It is unclear how many planes it still has in its fleet.

The company filed for bankruptcy in December.

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