The last holdout in airlines with operations in Nicaragua, Aeromexico, announced it will shut down operations as of Thursday, April 9, reports La Prensa.
After the last Aeroméxico flight on April 9, there will be no commercial flights until at least the beginning of May, Nicaragua losing the last airline that was offering flights to Managua after other eight decided to gradually withdraw from the country due to the impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on the demand for its services.
This despite the government of Daniel Ortega’s attempt to promote tourism to the country while the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.
Nicaragua is the only country in the Americas that keeps its borders completely open.
However, given that most countries in the region have closed their borders, countries such Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, and others and that most airlines in Latin America have grounded their fleets due and the U.S. and Canada airlines canceled flights to the country to the health crisis, Nicaragua’s open borders has been not effective to promote tourism.
The Ortega government, by its actions, has managed the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic as it were not serious, in the belief that Nicaraguans are immune to what’s happening around them and the world.
Daniel Ortega has not been seen publicly for the last 27 days, fueling speculation that he ill, including with the covid-19 and some even have gone as far as declaring him deceased. The country is the hands of his wife and vice-president, Rosario Murillo, providing updates daily by telephone.
Murillo, who, while under self-isolation, is calling on Nicaraguans to enjoy themselves during the holiday period, as well as attend food fairs, sporting events, beaches and government rallies.