Venezuela has ordered US airlines to reduce flights in and out of the South American nation, after the United States questioned the country's airport security.
On Monday, the United States issued a travel advisory questioning security measures at Venezuelan airports -- a decision that drew sharp criticism from Venezuelan officials.
The move opens a new of source of tension between Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and America’s George Bush, who regularly clash over drugs, free trade and oil prices. Bush considers the democratically-elected Venezuelan president to be a leftist dictator, and the US supported an aborted coup against Chavez in 2002.
Delta Air Lines confirmed it received notification from the Venezuelan government of the order, which takes effect on September 28.
Carlos Santos, a spokesman for Delta said that, “This is an issue between the US and Venezuelan government… We're hopeful this will be resolved and the two sides can reach a solution quickly."