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Ecuador airline suspends flights to Venezuela because of tickets' debts

Friday, January 24th 2014 - 03:33 UTC
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Venezuela has not transferred any money to TAME since April 2013 Venezuela has not transferred any money to TAME since April 2013

Ecuadorean airline Tame has suspended flights to Venezuela, demanding 43m dollars in overdue payments for tickets. Some 80 passengers were left stranded on Thursday at the airport in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito. Tame says the Venezuelan Central Bank has not transferred any money to its account in Ecuador since April 2013.

Tough foreign currency controls make it difficult for foreign airlines to repatriate money obtained from ticket sales in Venezuela.

The government of President Nicolas Maduro is believed to owe more than 3bn dollars to several airlines, according to Venezuela's Airline Association.

The 43m owed by Venezuela to Tame amounts to one third of the company's yearly revenue, according to Quito's El Comercio newspaper.

The daily 2 1/2-hour flight service between Quito and the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, was inaugurated in 2012 and was usually 90% full, said a company director.

Local reports say negotiations to have the debt settled failed. Venezuelan officials had offered to pay part of the debt in government bonds and aviation fuel.

On Wednesday, the Venezuelan government announced measures to address its foreign currency crisis. Venezuelans travelling aboard will no longer be allowed to obtain foreign exchange and pay for their tickets at the official rate of 6.3 bolivars per US dollar. They will have to pay a higher, market rate.

The official exchange rate will be restricted to essential goods, such as medications, food and industrial supplies.

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  • ilsen

    “Venezuelans travelling aboard will no longer be allowed to obtain foreign exchange and pay for their tickets at the official rate of 6.3 bolivars per US dollar. They will have to pay a higher, market rate. ”

    Sadly MP does not make this clear. Do they mean the 11.5 rate or the real rate which is hovering around 72 to 1?

    Jan 24th, 2014 - 04:21 am 0
  • LEPRecon

    But...but...I thought that all South Americans were one big happy family, and that money didn't matter...etc...

    Oh right, money does matter, especially when a country owes it to you and won't pay it back.

    Perhaps Venezuela should call in it's markers from Argentina and Cuba, so they can pay off their debts?

    Jan 24th, 2014 - 06:34 am 0
  • Captain Poppy

    How dumb does leadership have to be to have the world's largest oil reserves and be not only poor but broke? He literally drove them off a cliff.

    Jan 24th, 2014 - 10:18 am 0
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