MAT has been defaulting on the ACMI payments for these two aircraft for many months now, and until few days ago the Serbian Government - as JAT’s owner, turned a blind eye. Now though, Mr. Velimir Ilic - the Minister for Capital Investments has instructed JAT to bring the two airliners back home; his decision directly resulting from the arrest and imprisonment last week of the Serbian Bishop. This move will badly affect Macedonian Airline’s schedules, maybe even resulting in its demise due to its massive debts and poor credit rating.
Recalling of the ambassadors is the next step hinted, hope that sanity will prevail!
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