Sealy reacts to suspension of Avianca service

Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy says he is confident  a positive resolution will be found, after the Colombia-based Avianca Airlines was forced to immediately suspend its Bogotá to Barbados service last Friday.

The move to curtail flights that require passage over Venezuelan airspace came amid ongoing political and other turbulence in Caracas that has already led to the Donald Trump administration in the United States announcing sanctions against 13 senior Venezuelan officials.

Just last week, opposition forces in Caracas had also scheduled what turned out to be a flop of a “48-hour strike”.

To make matters worse for Avianca, its chairman and main shareholder, German Efromovich, has known links to the region’s right-wing elites, including Argentina’s Mauricio Macri and Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe.

In fact, according to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, Argentina’s judiciary is currently investigating Efromovich and Macri for a business deal involving presumed illicit association, and fraud against the public administration, among other things.

However, without going into detail on the current problems facing the airline, Sealy pointed out that during the course of the past two years Barbados had enjoyed a “healthy working relationship” with Avianca, and “this partnership has served to provide a platform for several new opportunities in the emerging Latin America market.

“We are therefore working closely with Avianca to come up with viable solutions,” he added.

In announcing the suspension of flights last Friday Avianca said, “due to operational limitations”, it had decided to suspend flights between Bogota and Barbados indefinitely.

“The airline makes all efforts to serve travellers with reservation on cancelled flights and provide them a satisfactory solution.

“Avianca regrets the impact that the suspension of operations may have on customers and thanks the understanding to this measure aimed at preserving safety and security,” the carrier’s added.

9 Responses to Sealy reacts to suspension of Avianca service

  1. Tony Webster August 3, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Hmmmm. I smell opportunity for LIAT: cud help a few millions of sick, starving, fleeing Venezuelans get refuge in CARICOM, brininging any remaining F/X they hold? We cud join the citizenship by investment game; top up our F/X reserves….and would not have to keep kissing Chinese a**es to stay afloat. C’mon guys….THINK,


  2. Alex Alleyne August 3, 2017 at 3:49 am

    WHAT ABOUT THE DELTA FLIGHT FROM ATLANTA TO BARBADOS. I notice you only come out after the public light some fire under your feet.
    You Ministers need to be “proactive”.

  3. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray August 3, 2017 at 6:41 am

    I find that these days, you all could only get deals with laundry machines.

    • Rechelle August 3, 2017 at 7:11 am


  4. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 3, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Barbadians do you need this overpaid mouthpiece to tell you what is common knowledge as per the cancelation of flights because of souvenir air space…….Venezuela!! read and be informed forget the copy and paste hype

  5. Valerie Cecelia
    Valerie Cecelia August 3, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Columbia? Who comes from

  6. Carol T Hinds
    Carol T Hinds August 3, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Smh…they need to find a way to get those people home….and ours from out there. Nigerian scandal all over again

  7. Belfast August 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    “The Chairman is being investigated for fraud among things ” One wonders if they are any items not listed on the manifest, when those flights come a- calling. We too like playing with giant sharks.

  8. The truth August 4, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    avianca suspended or re-routed all flights that used venezuelan airspace because they were treated aggressively after they decided to stop the flights to Caracas. One thing led to the other. It is not safe to fly over a country in turmoil. By the way, can barbadostoday cite the day when ElTiempo mentions the investigation against Efromovich? For some reason it does not seem like barbadostoday did the hw correctly and they are just listening to crazy venezuelan revolutionary reporters living on the island… Watch out barbados! Socialism Could affect you 2.


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