Arrindell: “The government is discriminating against AVA Airways”
WILLEMSTAD - According to the President of the aviation company AVA Airways, Oliver Arrindell, who is currently on the island, it is the same government that denied financial assistance to the defunct airline Dutch Antilles Express (DAE), is now seeking advice on how to help InselAir, which is also a private company, get out of its financial problems. “I also have to right to fight for my airline together with my business partner,” said Arrindell during his press conference.
“I will continue fighting. I’ve been doing this for two years now.” There is still a battle between the Minister of Transportation Suzanne Camelia-Römer and AVA Airways. According to Arrindell the government, especially Minister Camelia-Römer, is discriminating in the aviation sector. “I feel discriminated especially as a black entrepreneur on this island,” said Arrindell.
AVA Airways requested its economic permit last year but has been unsuccessful in attaining this necessary document to continue its process for an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). The Ministry in charge of aviation requested a 48.9 million dollar bank guarantee. AVA Airways indicated that they are not obligated by law to produce this bank guarantee.
During his press conference, Arrindell said that he can present this bank guarantee tomorrow if the government can give him a 100 million dollar guarantee. “I give the government something and won’t get anything in return. That is not fair. We don’t know what could happen,” said Arrindell.