Curacao-based Insel Air fleet grounded

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The Curacao Civil Aviation Authority on Saturday grounded almost all of Insel Air’s aircraft in the wake of safety concerns.

Recent media reports revealed that the an Insel Air flight from Miami to Curaçao made a precautionary landing after problems with the cabin pressure; and in another incident, pilots refused to take off from St. Maarten because they deemed the aircraft unsafe.

The aircraft that were grounded are the MD80s and Fokker 50/70 causing the airline to cancel all their international flights.

Insel Air is facing financial trouble because about $100 million is stuck in Venezuela and the country is refusing to convert the airline’s bolivars into dollars. Last week, the Curaçao Government and Insel Air signed a NAf. 33 million (US$18 million) loan agreement to keep the airline afloat and to prevent a collapse of the inter-island connections.

Travel agents in Guyana received an official document from the airline on Tuesday morning, indicating to them that all flights had been cancelled “until further notice.”  Meanwhile, scores of Guyanese passengers have found themselves stranded in Curacao with no indication as to when they will be heading home.

Insel Air began its service to Guyana in 2014.

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