Yesterday, and I have incomplete information, flights were suspended at Reina Beatrix Airport, in honor of World Tourism Day.
In routine fuels tests an irregularity was discovered and airplanes couldn’t re-fuel in Aruba, some left to Curacao, some were grounded, I have no information on how long the situation lasted, but it threw the departing visitors for a loop.
How is that possible? This island worked very hard, for decades, to create a tourist industry, its SOLE economic pillar, and the FMSA is doing its best to take us out of business, on World Tourism Day?!
This morning FMSA, Fuel Marketing and Supply Aruba, sent out a beautiful press release assuring us that all is well, they have a perfect track record of 32 years, and life is dandy.
First of all, FMSA is only two years old.
Before that we had Valero, VMSA, owned and operated by a US public company.
Today, it is owned by RdA with products supplied by Venezuela, and we all know how reliable and reputable that is. NOT.
RdA is managed by Venezuelans, not the Valero straight-shooters.
This deal engineered by ignorant and naïve local politicians, the former MinPres and the former MinEnergy is the pits.
To say that everything was dandy for the past 32 years insults our intelligence.
The press release was just copied and pasted, no critical thinking applied, so we shouldn’t take it seriously.
Aruba should start looking for a different product supplier and get out of this deal that is going nowhere.
We shouldn’t let these morons ruin our tourist industry.
The Amateurish deal put together by AVP country bumkins must be thrown out. Our government has the power to act, and action is needed. Stop blaming the former administration and take a decision to ditch the deal stitched together by crooks – Roberto Rincon, buying our decision makers with goodies and sweet talk. Rincon was arrested in the US, but his deal is still alive and kicking in Aruba.
My friends tell me that this breach of quality jet fuel needs to be investigated seriously by an independent entity, all the way back to the source of supply and GOA should show CITGO the door. Past mistakes are past mistakes, we urge you to make BIG changes in RdA, now.
And incidentally Bati Bleki predicted this disaster in an article about two years when we realized our lifeline will depend on CITGO Venezuela integrity, punctuality and reliability.