Latin American Wings suspended by Chilean authorities
The Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC), the Chilean civil aviation authority, suspended the air operator‘s certificate of the company Latin American Wings (LAW) until further notice.
Ahora!! A partir de hoy, @DGACChile suspende Certificado de Operador Aéreo (AOC) a línea área #LAW @ahoranoticiasAN @biobio @Emol @pulso_tw @soychile @DFinanciero @latercera @ElMercurio_cl @canal13 @CNNChile @24HorasTVN @CHVNoticias @adnradiochile @Cooperativa pic.twitter.com/10rYJiQndu— DGAC Chile (@DGACChile) March 12, 2018
LAW is now expected to prove “compliance with the technical requirements to ensure in a permanent and continuous way the operations it intends to perform.”
That decision comes after LAW suffered multiple delays and interruptions in its services. Several customers of the company found themselves stranded in Chili, Peru or the United States, unable to reach their final destinations.
After cancelling numerous flights in order to initiate a “reorganization process”, the company had announced new destinations which had not been submitted nor approved by the DGAC, hence the suspension. The airline had indeed said that it would resume its regular flights to Port-au-Prince, Caracas and Miami on March 16, 2018.
On March 5, 2018, LAW had suspended its operations between Port-au-Prince and Santiago as more and more Haitians were denied entry into Chile. The Peruvian authorities had suspended every operations of the airline in the country after March 15, 2018.
Since its creation in 2015, Latin American Wings has been tied to human trafficking suspicions. A video had emerged in Chile about an unmarked plane apparently belonging to LAW that was unloading passengers in the charter area of Santiago airport. Haitians would buy round trip tickets to fake a touristic trip, but most of the LAW flights going back to Port-au-Prince are suspected to be empty. According to official data, of the 14.000 Haitians who arrived in Chile between January and October 2016 with LAW, only 209 returned to their country. A former executive of LAW that remained anonymous admitted to the website BioBioChile that for the airline, “the business was no longer vacation, but ethnic.”
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