he decision of Venezuela to suspend the Copa Airlines flights caused the postponement of the match between Estudiantes de Mérida and the Chilean Deportes Temuco for the Copa Sudamericana and left stranded in Panama the workforce of the Venezuelan Monagas SC.
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The Conmebol announced on Friday the suspension of the meeting between Estudiantes and Deportes Temuco, which was scheduled for next Tuesday in the Andean city of Mérida (west).
“Due to the short space of time and the lack of availability on other airlines, it was not possible” to be held on Tuesday, the organization said in a statement, noting that next week will report “the new date” of the meeting.
The decision is the result of President Nicolás Maduro’s measures to cut economic relations for 90 days with 22 people and 46 Panamanian companies, in retaliation for sanctions from the Central American country.
Among those companies is Copa Airlines, the main connecting route for Venezuelans -especially South America and Central America-, in the midst of a massive flight of airlines due to the serious socioeconomic crisis.
The Chilean journalist Marcelino Mardones, who had planned to travel with Deportes Temuco, told AFP that one of the options to arrive on Tuesday was to extend the rou