Delta is getting out of Venezuela

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, file photo, Delta Air Lines planes are parked at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, in Washington. A California family says they were forced off a Delta plane and threatened with jail after refusing to give up one of their children's seats on a crowded flight. A video of the April 23, 2017, incident was uploaded to Facebook on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, and adds to the list of recent encounters on airlines that went viral, including the dragging of a passenger off a United Express plane. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(CNN)– Delta is pulling out of Venezuela as the country sinks deeper into crisis.

The last Delta flight will leave Caracas on September 17. The airline drastically cut service to Venezuela three years ago because of a currency dispute with the government. It was down to a single weekly flight each way between Atlanta and Caracas.

Delta (DAL) is the latest airline to end or dramatically reduce service to Venezuela, where political, humanitarian and economic turmoil is getting worse.

The Colombian airline Avianca announced an immediate end to its service to Venezuela on Thursday. United (UAL)’s last flight out was in early July. American, Lufthansa, LATAM, AeroMexico and Air Canada have all either ended service or severely cut back flights.

U.S. airlines are together trying to claw back $3.8 billion in profits they say are frozen in Venezuela by President Nicolas Maduro’s administration.

Maduro has called a referendum on Sunday that would allow him to rewrite the constitution and strip his political opponents of power. Critics here and abroad say the vote would erode any last signs of democracy in Venezuela.

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