As recent news have developed, I decided to start a new thread on the topic due to all the deviated comments posted in the previous discussion.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to watch a TV program famous for its interviews. This time, it was to the governor Diosdado Cabello, the one who proclaimed the expropriation movement towards Caracas' second airport.
I was expecting to see an aggressive man defending the 'revolution' and harassing the high-middle class, as it usually happens. But no, I saw a very calmed person trying to expose his ideas and defending the movement with property. Logically, the expropriation topic was deeply discussed and my eyes got to widen a lot, in comparison to what I felt before.
Anyhow, to the topic... Mr. Diosdado said three important things that clear everything up (I wrote it paraphrasing what he said):
- The expropriation is an idea based on a positive fact. SVCS is a strategic point for the government and it needs customs, which is something that has been missing for many years now. Caracas cannot depend on CCS, for obvious reasons. The mission of this idea is to relief CCS' traffic and have a new gateway from the capital city without having to travel so far.
- The project won't let anyone loose their job. What we're looking for is expand the services to/from this airport and enhance travel possibilities in the area. The expropriation is fully operational. All the hangars are and will remain private owned and we will BUY some of them to modify the arrivals area. The owners of these hangars will receive either a payment or a re-build in a near-by location within the airport.
- We will modify the airport's infrastructure so it can handle heavier aircraft and more passengers throughout the terminal. All this project is to benefit the whole area, making it a public patrimony
So, let speculation begin. I believed to what he said. If we go deep and analyze the whole situation, it is not viable for them to expropriate the whole airport. Many of them have huge aircraft parked there and they have to fly internationally most of the time, having to make a stop at an international airport.
They need the private sector to move freely so they can add something to the economy. Chavez knows that and he cannot bury himself with silly things. I do agree that in their 'plans' they need to control certain areas so they're not vulnerable to oposition threads, like the one that happened in 2001.
Either way, it sucks. I do not trust them, but after all it seems logic to me.
What do you all think?
Saludos desde CCS,