Blocked from flying Embraer E190 jets since August 8, the Bolivian carrier Amaszonas is trying to reverse the cancellation of aircraft registrations in court.
The aircraft are the only ones available from the airline, although two have not flown for months.
On Monday, August 7, the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), Bolivia’s civil aviation authority, suspended the registration of the jets at the request of GY Aviation Lease 1816 (CDB Aviation), which alleges that Amaszonas has a debt of $17 million.
The airline obtained an injunction to suspend the effects of the DGAC decision, but the agency said it had not been officially notified by the Justice.
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According to local media, the airline filed a lawsuit in the New York Court claiming a smaller debt (US$ 11 million) and that its leasing contract is valid until 2026 – GY Aviation would have said that the agreement was terminated in June of this year.
The Bolivian government has already signaled that the problem should be resolved between the companies since Amaszonas is not prohibited from operating – its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) is valid until December 2024.
“This is an internal problem for Amazonas that it must solve together with the other company. At no time was the airline deprived of its air certificate,” said Edgar Montaño, Minister of Public Works.
Another member of the government, Deputy Transport Minister Wilfredo Gutierréz said that Amaszonas should look for other aircraft on the market to continue flying.