Published On: Tue, Dec 13th, 2016

Governments Netherlands and Aruba approached for assistance InselAir

inselairWILLEMSTAD - The Committee of Wise Men, appointed by the Government to investigate the economic condition of InselAir, will present its final report to the Council of Ministers tomorrow. This was indicated by the outgoing Minister of Economic Development Eugene Rhuggenaath.

Earlier, a steering committee of the Council of Ministers, consisting of Rhuggenaath. Minister Suzanne Camelia-Römer of Traffic, Transport and Spatial Planning and Minister of Finance Jose Jardim, already received a preliminary presentation on the findings of the commission.

At the presentation, the Steering Committee, asked the Committee of Wise Men asked for additional information about the process, said Rhuggenaath. “For example, it must be clear for us what the consequences are if the government does not support the airline. It is important that everything is mapped out so that we can make a well-found decision.” The Minister did not want to comment on the conclusion of the committee. “We of the Council of Ministers have signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Indeed the report contains financial information on InselAir; that information is sensitive. The committee also signed the NDA.”

The Committee of Wise Men was appointed last month after InselAir approached the government with a request to discuss potential solutions for cash flow problems resulting from the crisis in Venezuela. According to the airline, Venezuela owes them about 100 million dollars.

The Committee also informed the Governments of Aruba and the Netherlands about the latest developments concerning the airline. “We asked if they, in due course, will be able to help, regardless of the decision made by the government here.” Any loss of InselAir Aruba is the disadvantage of both Aruba and Bonaire. Bonaire often depends on InselAir for their air transport. It is in everyone’s interest to find a solution, said Minister Rhuggenaath. “That was also the mandate we gave the Committee of the Wise Men; to see how we can maintain InselAir’s air service.”

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