Tame airlines may drop Venezuela flights over debt and safety concerns

Oct 16, 2017 | 0 comments

Government-owned Tame airlines is considering dropping flights between Quito and Venezuela’s main international airport in Caracas. According the airlines CEO, Ignacio Vallejo, the Venezuelan government has been slow to repay a debt of $20 million and there are concerns about safety conditions at Maiquetía Simón Bolívar International Airport.

Tame is considering ending Caracas service.

“Fourteen international carriers withdrawn from the Caracas destination for a variety of reason, many of them financial,” Vallejo said. “For now, we will maintain our schedule of five flights a week but we are in the process of deciding whether we can continue.”

The Venezuelan government owes Tame at least $16 million on ticket sales going back to 2014 and Vallejo said that repayment has been slow and tedious. “There are problems concerning the currency exchange differential, which requires time to resolve,” he said. According to the World Bank, Venezuela’s inflation rate was 700% in 2015 and 2016 but the government refuses to accept the figure.

Vallejo also said that pilots flying the Caracas route have complained about safety issues at Simón Bolívar airport, particularly runway maintenance.


Expat Community News

Dani News

Google ad


Fund Grace News

Hogar Esperanza News

Veronica Arpi News

Gypsy News

The Cuenca Dispatch

Week of February 25

Cuenca Finally Gets to Experience Van Gogh Like Never Before.

Read more

Ecuador lost just over a million hectares of forest formations in 38 years.

Read more

Drone Plants 1,500 Trees in 15 Minutes to Combat Deforestation.

Read more

Google ad

Subscribe to our newsletter

Cuenca High Life offers on-line publications, local translated news, and reports about the expat life and living in Ecuador. 

You have Successfully Subscribed!