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
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.