Parilli: Venezuelan government violates fundamental rights and liberties in airline crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela - The president of the Venezuelan National Alliance of Users and Consumers (Anauco), Roberto León Parilli, is convinced that the Venezuelan government violates fundamental rights a

Parilli: Venezuelan government violates fundamental rights and liberties in airline crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela – The president of the Venezuelan National Alliance of Users and Consumers (Anauco), Roberto León Parilli, is convinced that the Venezuelan government violates fundamental rights and liberties established in the Constitution in connection with the airline crisis.

He underlined that government authorities infringe several articles in the Constitution which provide for free transit, right to make a choice, equal treatment and economic liberties, as a result of a peculiar, complicated and increasing contingency in the aeronautic market.

“From the legal viewpoint, annual expenses of travelers abroad are limited to USD 3,000, and the number of recipients is limited as well. Only three million out of almost 30 million Venezuelans are credit card holders, the only ones entitled to make use of the foreign currency,” he explained.

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Failure to pay the bloated debt owed by the Venezuelan government to international airliners for USD 4 billion has imposed further restrictions on passengers. Flight frequency has been reduced, access to booking and purchase of tickets is blocked, and some operations have been put on stay.

In his opinion, the air crisis should be tackled in three stages. In the short term, León Parilli noted, Anauco is resolving punctual problems “acting as an intermediary” on behalf of passengers of Air France and Alitalia, which discontinued flights to and from Venezuela.

In the medium term, he suggested, “the government should honor commitments to airlines.” “Conviasa (the Venezuelan flag airliner) lacks capacity to take on new international routes, and in any case, that restricts free competition and free choice of travelers.”

In the short term, he is afraid that the government “will have to unify the exchange rate.”

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