Deputy attacks hand out request for airlines

 
691Views 5Comments Posted 08/04/2020

Ruling party (PRD) deputy Zulay Rodríguez lashed out on Twitter after the International Air Transport Association asked for support from the Government to face the impact of COVID-19.

"Now what are the airlines trying to do, that we sacrifice public funds for a rescue plan. You have benefited from the HUB in Tocumen and with the money from the state, an exclusive terminal for COPA has been built for you. Leave the scoundrel and ask PANAMOTTA", she wrote

Rodríguez told La Critica that in the last 15 years, COPA has had a prosperous business for and through three governments, the State-supported them by investing millions that have not been invested with the people "and now they are asking for a fiscal sacrifice in this moment?.

She said it is incredible that the airline of  Stanley Motta one of the richest men in Latin America, is asking for this.

"In less than 15 days after Tocumen SA has closed the gentlemen want compensation when the world is ending, and the  Panamanian people for the people who are unemployed, do not have a direct response," said the deputy.

 

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CatHair

I think it is important to help the airlines. They, especially Copa, are a huge part of what makes Panama work. When this is over they need to continue working as seamlessly as possible. Usually I'm not in favor of govt. getting involved with helping private businesses but this case is unique and if the airlines can't keep up business as usual then this country will take much longer than necessary to recover. Make it a loan, get the employees paid and the jets gassed up.

1 month ago
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Snailbread

I guess there is no difference between big and small criminals. Everyone is trying to get a "piece of the govt. cake". But in this case, Zulay is right. Imagine Martinelli (Multi Millionaire) is requesting govt. handouts to "rescue" all his Super99-Markets and -employers. If in any case, COPA should NOT survive this crisis...well then it will dissapear. Survival of the fittest. The uprising would be biblic

1 month ago
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InTheKnowing

She is right! Airlines have a tendency to whimper when their profits are affected and then ask the public for financial support in some manner. Doesn’t the airline save for the rainy day that is always around some corner. In the USA they are doing the same thing in a big way, and most always they get what they want at the cost of the public. What a racket. Copa/United needs to get their act together and consider they are not the only ones feeling this crises... stop the begging Copa and suck it up, that’s business.

1 month ago
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Panama

I agree 100% with this lady .no compamy should get a handout .they privatize theit profits to owners and share holders but want to socialize their losses to the taxpayer

1 month ago
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Panama

I agree 100% with this lady .no compamy should get a handout .they privatize theit profits to owners and share holders but want to socialize their losses to the taxpayer

1 month ago
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