Don't fly to me, Venezuela
W&D sometimes feels like one of those bell-ringing morticians in the days of the Plague, crying 'bring out y'r dead". For surely it cannot be soon before Venezuela, that bankrupt, corrupt and slowing dying South American country economically dies.
The former wannabee socialist paradise crafted by Hugo Chavez is in its death throes. The news this week that the German airline Lufthansa has cancelled its thrice weekly direct service from Caracas (Venezuela's capital city) to Frankfurt continues the country's downhill roll.
Lufthansa joins Air Canada, American Airlines and Alitalia in halting their services, in large part because of the socialist government’s tight currency controls, which left them with billions in unpaid bills. The Venezuela government is withholding $3.8 billion from the airlines, generated from ticket sales in the country.
Air France is now the only major European airline to fly directly to the country.
But it's not only the fact that airlines are not getting paid, its also because no-one wants to fly there. And that is not the country, it's also the airport, the historically named Simón Bolívar International Airport.
The humming major airport of the country with the world's largest oil reserves
In the first four months of this year, 42 workers were arrested for stealing from tourists’ luggage. And another 24 criminal gangs have been “dismantled” who were involved with theft of passenger luggage as well as stealing from cars in the parking lot.
To date a total of 144 arrests have been made for theft, fraud and drug trafficking.
W&D will next holiday in Rosebud.