Suriname-based Fly Allways faces uncertain future
PARAMARIBO - Start up Suriname-based airline, Fly Allways, following years of setback towards certification to fly, apparently now faces dark skies ahead. With creditors awaiting payments, poor payloads, and one of its two Fokker 70 aircraft being used as a source of spare parts to keep the other one flying, Fly Allways faces an alarming financial future.
The airline’s current financial situation does not allow the airline to keep the second aircraft flying.
“Fly Allways request for an extension of maintenance time on major components of its aircraft such as the overhaul of the landing gear was not approved by the aviation authority of Suriname,” said a source. “This has led to the grounding of one aircraft, which is now being used as a source for parts of their sole flying Fokker 70.”
The closest place in the Caribbean where the Fokker can be serviced is Curacao; however, there are unconfirmed reports that neither of the two Fokkers went to Curacao for maintenance.
“After two years of sitting in Suriname, the two Fokkers haven’t been to a maintenance hangar. Fly Allways still does not have an approved maintenance base,” the source said.
With creditors and personnel now facing delayed payments and salary cuts, the future looks grim. Management is reportedly considering whether a move to another Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country is possible.
“Pilots have had to accept a major pay cut or leave,” our source said.
“The load factor between Suriname, Guyana and Barbados is below 30 percent. Between Barbados and Guyana an average of 20 seats are occupied. Plans to commence service to Haiti have been cancelled,” confirmed a second source.