Avianca resumes flights to Venezuela after incident with military plane

Colombian airline Avianca announced on 22 October 2016 it resumed its flights to Venezuela after an incident in which a Venezuelan military aircraft approached an Avianca airplane. The Colombian government issued a statement on 22 October informing that on 21 October, an Avianca flight from Madrid to Bogotá was followed at a short distance by a Venezuelan fighter jet while flying in Venezuelan airspace (Tal Cual). According to the Colombian government's statement, Venezuelan authorities reported a Venezuelan military plane was on a navigation mission. Both countries' defense ministers and foreign ministers were in communication over the incident, and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered an investigation (Panorama). Avianca stated that beginning on 23 October, it resumed its flights between Caracas, Bogotá and Lima (Globovisión).