WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to Edward Herenveen, the director of international affairs of the Curacao aviation company Insel Air, Suriname is seeking a confrontation with Aruba and Curacao over air routes. He made this statement in an interview with the Surinamese newspaper De Ware Tijd.
Meanwhile, Insel Air Aruba has contacted the minister of transport in Aruba, Otmar Oduber, to inform him of the problems that the airline faces in Suriname.
However, the minister said on Tuesday that Insel Air Aruba does not yet have the necessary papers to enable the carrier to operate direct flights between Aruba and Suriname. The Aruban news site NoticiaCla.com interviewed Oduber and he said that the request to operate this route was still pending. The minister indicated that he was not asked to mediate in this matter.
According to NoticiaCla.com, Oduber was unwilling to comment on the possibility that Insel Air could cause a conflict between the two countries.
However, the director of Insel Air Curacao stated that he will “boycott” the direct Aruba-Suriname flight, if the South American country refuses their flights once again.
Oduber said that the airline cannot do this.
In de Ware Tijd, Heerenveen stated that Insel Air has all the necessary official documents, and that the resistance of the Surinamese government is motivated to protect Surinam Airways. The fact that the Surinamese government has forced Insel Air to operate the Aruba-Suriname route through Curacao has brought additional costs along with it. Heerenveen stated in the Surinamese newspaper that they will recover this loss from the government of Suriname.
The latest report on this issue is that the civil aviation authorities in Aruba say that Insel Air may not fly to Suriname yet and its application is still pending. This is according to Oduber in Oranjestad. With this statement, the Aruban minister apparently opposes Insel Air’s position and supports that of Suriname.
According to Suriname, Insel Air is interpreting the existing aviation rules erroneously, and can only fly to Paramaribo if the flight originates in Curacao.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle