“Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K McAleenan determined that conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew,” Efe news quoted the department as saying on Wednesday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assented to the suspension of flights based on McAleenan’s finding, while implementation of the measure is in the hands of the Department of Transportation.
“This determination is based on the ongoing political instability and increased tensions in Venezuela and associated inadvertent risk to flight operations,” according to the statement from Homeland Security.
The suspension will remain in effect until US officials deem that conditions in Venezuela have changed sufficiently to accommodate the resumption of flights, Homeland Security said.
American Airlines, the last major US carrier providing scheduled service to and from Venezuela, suspended flights indefinitely on March 28.
Texas-based American Airlines had operated routes from Miami to Caracas and Maracaibo.
United and Delta halted service to Venezuela in 2017.
Venezuela broke diplomatic relations with the US in January, after Washington recognized Juan Guaido, speaker of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, as interim president of the oil-rich country.
The Venezuelan opposition, backed by the US and some Latin American governments, says that the May 2018 re-election of leftist President Nicolas Maduro was illegitimate.
More than 50 other countries have joined the US in recognizing Guaido, who was known to fewer than 20 percent of Venezuelans before he proclaimed himself acting head of state.