The Spanish government has yet to respond if the airline’s Plus Ultra bailout is of the Secret payments to Nicolas Maduro’s regimeAs the Popular Party suggested in a series of questions, mentioned Newspaper Fuzzboli.
On March 17th, the People’s Party sent a file A battery of questions To the House of Representatives where they also questioned Plus Ultra’s relationship with Venezuela’s general airline Conviasa.
The People’s Party recently received responses from the government, in which they are not talking about the relationship with Venezuela. “Air transport in Spain is a strategic sector due to its contribution to tourism, which is one of the country’s main economic drivers. in this meaning, More Ultra It is a specialized airline that operates long-haul flights to Latin American countries (especially Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela). “ Fuzzboli.
At the beginning of March, Plus Ultra received € 53 million through its rescue fund From Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales (SEPI), it aims to assist companies that are strategic to Spanish production and influence. It is an airline, according to AINA – the public entity responsible for managing Spanish airports. Contributes to less than 1% of air conductions.
This company operates long-haul flights between Spain (from Madrid and Tenerife) and three countries in Latin America (Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela). Before his rescue, he had only made two trips in 2021, one in January and the other in March, both to Venezuela. It should be noted that it is The only airline to offer direct flights between Madrid and Caracas. Iberia and Air Europe are still waiting To receive corresponding permission to restore traffic on this road.
According to FuzzboliAnd the Nearly half of the Plus Ultra shares are owned by Snip Aviation SL, headed by Rodolfo José Reyes Rojas., A businessman close to the orbit of President Nicolas Maduro, who has been in the crosshairs of the 2015 National Assembly over a potential corruption case.
Rodolfo Jose Reyes Rojas and Camilo Ibrahim were summoned in 2018 by the 2015 National Assembly for “alleged corruption” within the social assistance programs, CLAP, along with Colombian-Lebanese Alex Saab, who is still under house arrest in Cape Verde, pending Appeal of his extradition ruling to the United States.
On March 22, Vox sent a bill to the House requesting to cancel aid to Plus Ultra Aviation and return 53 million. PP also requested the creation of a commission of inquiry into the 53 million assistance SEPI had granted to the airline Plus Ultra, but this was rejected.
According to the newspaper SpanishThen, an investigation was opened against SEPI Vice President Bartolome Laura, and the rest of the board, for misappropriation of public funds.