SURINAME, still irritated by the treatment of its nationals by the majority state-owned airline Caribbean Airlines (CAL), reportedly refused the airline’s request to resume flights to the country of the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community. (Caricom).
“As long as Caribbean Airlines does not resolve its problems with its passengers and travel agencies, it will not receive permission from me to resume operations. Suriname is a country where the rules apply and where order prevails, ”said Albert Jubithana, Minister of Transport, Communications and Tourism.
CAL has announced the resumption of flights to several of its destinations since last year, has yet to respond to Suriname’s claim.
Suriname said the airline, unlike others, was not taking care of its passengers stranded here when the airspace was closed to scheduled commercial flights in March 2020, as part of measures to curb traffic. spread of the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19).
Media reported here that since Suriname reopened its airspace and scheduled flights resumed, several international airlines have resumed operations, but Caribbean Airlines has yet to receive clearance to resume.
“She never came back to pick up her stranded passengers. She never spoke again, not even a letter. SLM and Fly All Ways made sure those stranded could leave, ”Jubithana said, quoted by the online publication, dwtonline.com.
He said CAL said it would resume flights between Zanderij and Piarco international airports on January 18.
“The company is promoting Suriname without permission to resume flights,” Jubithana said, noting that Brazilian airline Gol had also sought to emulate the Trinidad-based carrier, after also leaving its passengers in the cold.
The minister said that Gol “wanted to come back like this, without solving the problems he had created” and that the authorities told the Brazilian company that as long as there are no suitable agreements between it and the travel agents, there will be no return. in Suriname.
Jubithana said he expects the situation to be resolved as soon as the airline begins talks with the Association of Travel Agents of Suriname (ASRA).
He said the Panamanian airline, Copa Airlines, resumed flights to the Dutch-speaking country after the Association of Travel Agents of Suriname informed the government that it had no objection to the resumption of flights.
Contacted for comment on the story by the Caribbean Media Corporation, CAL spokesperson Dionne Ligoure said: “Caribbean Airlines has filed all necessary documents with authorities in Suriname and the company is awaiting comments on this matter. “
She confirmed that she had seen the story from the regional press service.