The Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA) is being accused of attempting to force aircraft owners to pay for securing their planes in light of the impending storm.
REAL NEWS correspondent George Wehner says the owner of FBO 2000, Makeda Mikael, has offered aircraft owners free shelter at her hangar, in line with international protocols and policies.
Wehner says there is an ongoing feud between the Government and Mikael, who was able to acquire the hangar previously owned by Texan businessman R. Allen Stanford.
The correspondent claims that ABAA wants the private owners to rent a storage area for their aircraft at the Authority’s facility.
Wehner sees this move as a realization of Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s promise to use the country’s resources to bankrupt those to whom he is opposed.
In the same way as the Hurricane Irma situation, the Browne Administration is seeking to benefit financially from a natural disaster, Wehner says.