Weekend of crisis for Curaçao aviation
WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) grounded almost all the aircraft of the local airline InselAir during the weekend because of safety. The reason for the measure is a number of incidents with the aircraft.
Flights from Curacao to Miami last week made a precautionary landing after the cabin pressure was lost. Passengers had to make use of the oxygen masks for a while. Furthermore, pilots of the airline refused to take off from the airport of Sint Maarten earlier last week because the aircraft was not in good condition.
Last weekend the CCAA grounded 80% of the fleet. The aircraft that were grounded are the MD80 type and six Fokker 50/70.
InselAir cancelled all but one of international flight because of safety concerns. The airline is financially in trouble because, in their own words, they have about 100 million dollars ‘stuck’ in Venezuela. That country still refuses to convert the airline’s bolivars into dollars.