Published On: Tue, Mar 18th, 2014

IATA to Maduro: ‘No time for threats, it’s time to pay


CARACAS - The International Air Transport Association lamented this afternoon that President Nicolas Maduro has threatened the airlines and asked instead that the national government establish a payment schedule as soon as possible.

This is according to the director general of IATA, Tony Tyler, in an interview with CNN Español.

"It is not the time to threats airlines," he said, recalling that the government has a debt to 24 airlines operating in the country of about 3,700 million dollars in tickets.

"It is unfortunate that President Nicolas Maduro answers the Airlines with a threat," Tyler said. "What we need is for the situation to be resolved as soon as possible so that airlines can receive their money, their money, not the government’s money, it is the airlines’ money and the government has to release the funds.”

And he continued: "If an airline has not been able to have access to its money... you are in a situation where you are not able to continue providing this service and if you are not being paid for anything, how are you supposed to keep doing it?"

Tyler informed that he has had several meetings with government representatives, but a difficulty is that the partners are constantly changing. So, Tyler said, he asked a meeting with President Nicolas Maduro.

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