Iata said that proposals for Venezuela to pay airlines «are not satisfactory»
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Venezuela is being » stubbornly irresponsible» in its treatment of the airlines, which have more than 4,000 million dollars in revenue stuck in the country, said Tuesday a major industry group .
The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro , requires airlines selling air travel in bolivars , but has been slow to allow repatriate profits .
Caracas said last week that will release 2,100 billion in hard currency to companies that have struggled to get dollars from the controls.
The main economic official in the country said that airlines will receive $ 486 million of the total allocation for disbursements.
The International Air Transport Association ( Iata ) , for its acronym in English, which holds its annual meeting in Doha this week , said that the proposals are not satisfactory.
» Airlines are expected to accept a significant discount ( … ) and also the payment would be parceled out over several years ,» said Iata director general , Tony Tyler , the meeting with executives from over 200 airlines .
» The Venezuelan government the jackpot is carried by stubborn irresponsibility ,» he added .
Lufthansa Airlines , Avianca and Copa have responded by reducing the number of flights to the country and using smaller aircraft .
Air Canada went a step further and halted operations , citing safety concerns , while Alitalia suspend flights during the summer months .
The fares have also increased sharply in the extent that airlines try to reduce losses.
» You can not expect that airlines give a service if they can not pay for it. So our call to the Venezuelan government is to play according to the rules , «said Tyler.
Tame small airlines , Aeromexico , Aruba Airlines and Insel Air agreed to receive a lump sum of about $ 200 million to settle debts including 2013, said the Venezuelan Airline Association last week. It is not known how much discount represents that payment.
However, the major airlines are unwilling to access those terms , Tyler said.
Lufthansa, Europe ‘s biggest airline by revenue, said to be hundreds of millions of dollars. Last month , it suspended the sale of tickets in Venezuela for two days.