IATA: “Venezuela must pay”
MIAMI - Venezuela should urgently seek a solution to the 3.7 billion dollars they owe to several international airlines. This is according to the CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Tony Tyler during the annual meeting of his organization in Miami.
Tyler said that all countries which are members of IATA airlines adhere to international payment agreements, except one: Venezuela. The South American country has been blocking the payments to foreign airlines for tickets bought by Venezuelans for many years now, including oil workers, working in the region.
The government in Caracas uses an intricate system, after which all payments for tickets go through a single office. And there is a large payment arrear of 3.7 billion dollars. This goes against international treaties. One of the affected airlines is InselAir in Curaçao. Many carriers have now ceased their flights to Venezuela or greatly reduced.
“This must stop at once,” said Tyler. “Venezuela is bringing its own economy and those of other countries in danger. I urgently call on the Venezuelan government to find a solution to the aviation sector, once and for all.”