Published On: Thu, Jan 25th, 2018

Uncertainty about InselAir’s future

InselAir MDIWILLEMSTAD - Flights by the local airline InselAir seem no longer a given, now that the company is increasingly plagued by operational issues, a lack of planes and a lack of spare parts to keep their 3 operational planes in the air.

Over the last few days, InselAir has had great trouble to keep up some sort of a regular schedule. Various flights during the past day were actually executed by Haitian carrier Sunrise Airways, because of lack of operational capacity at InselAir.

According to yet unconfirmed rumors, even the last operational Fokker-50 airplane would be held on the ground starting this afternoon. An InselAir employee confirmed to the BES-Reporter that the airline does not have enough cash to buy needed spare parts to keep the planes of the company flying.

This evening, a number of InselAir flights between Curaçao, Bonaire and Aruba will be executed by Sunrise Airways, but starting tomorrow there would not even be a single InselAir flight leaving Hato airport. It is still unclear if in the days thereafter InselAir will be able to start back with their flight operations.

Other rumors indicate that even the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of the airline would be in play after negative results for inspections carried out by the Dutch Ministry of Living Environment and Transportation (ILT).

A complete stop of operations by InselAir would have hugely negative effects on the already shaky economy of Curaçao, but would also represent big challenges for travelers.

The Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina indicated that the government has made the decision to appoint a new CEO for the airline. This must take place before March 1. Minister Martina also stressed the importance of the survival of the airline. “We need to save the connectivity between the islands and that is why InselAir is important,” said Martina in an interview.

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