An Insel Air MD80 aircraft
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao Airport Partners (CAP) announced in a letter to local airline Insel Air that they will no longer tolerate the airline’s default towards the airport operator. According to the letter, Insel Air has not fulfilled its financial obligations for use of the airport for years now.
“The outstanding balance must be paid now. We have been very tolerant in the past with Insel Air and have therefore been subjected to financial risks for years,” CAP said.
CAP also stated that the Insel Air’s claim regarding incentives is unlawful. According to CAP, Insel Air does not meet the requirements to be eligible for these incentives. The airport tax should be included in the ticket price. There should not be any outstanding debts to be eligible for these incentives.
“CAP has informed Insel Air about these requirements on several occasions, but the company has never responded to this call. The incentive program applies to both local and international airlines, large or small. As long as Insel Air remains in default, these incentives are not granted,” the airport operator stated.
According to CAP, not receiving incentives from the airport operator is no justification for the failure to settle the debt and thus an unfounded reason.
“Insel Air is just like any other airline which has to comply with the rules of the airport, which are laid down by law and agreed by contract. Since they do not meet these requirements, we can only say that whatever happens with Insel Air was caused by themselves and not by us,” CAP stated in its letter.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle